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Nobody will ever have to worry about rust on this precious muscle car.

For collectors and racers who want to recreate the best of the past, this is the case.

The Carbon Car Shelby GT500CR Mustang concept car has been officially in production since Thursday. Only 25 vehicles will be produced each year, starting at $ 298,000 each. It will take designers 12 to 18 months to assemble the made-to-order classic, known for its speed and design.

The price is competitive. A carbon fiber Lamborghini, McLaren, Ferrari, and Aston Martin can easily exceed $ 200,000.

Each new carbon fiber Shelby takes an estimated 2,500 hours to build.

“It’s like taking a 1960s muscle car to NASA and taking it into the 21st century with the space program,” said Jason Engel, co-owner and chief designer of the company that makes the cars, Dallas-based Classic Recreations, towards the Free Press.

Never before has a Shelby Mustang been made out of carbon fiber, the material used to make spacecraft, planes, sailboat masts, and even outrigger canoes. Carbon fiber is known for its high strength, low weight and temperature tolerance.

Traditionally, buyers of these types of vehicles have mainly been male entrepreneurs, professional athletes and car collectors, Engel said.

Women who gather tend to be CEO types, he said. “One of them I’ve sold to in the past from a famous shoe company you’ve seen in a lot of stores. I can’t mention the brand. It was super great. Another woman won the lottery.”

This car can now be ordered and is already generating a lot of interest.

A new buyer for the Shelby GT500CR is a research and development engineer who enjoys “car tracking,” said Bryan Stone, partner at Classic Recreations.

“So they want a high-performance carbon fiber vehicle with more than 1000 horsepower. This customer stated that they want to be sure that oil won’t creep away from the track when they make a sustained curve on the track that increases G-Force. ” Sump.”

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The company that builds the reborn Shelby has an agreement with Ford Motor Co. and Carroll Shelby Licensing to build Mustang restorations in the Shelby Edition. The vehicles come with a Shelby serial number and are listed on the Shelby Register. To be clear, every car starts with the original 1967 or 1968 Ford Mustang chassis using the original vehicle identification number (VIN). They have the original chassis number and a separate Shelby serial number.

While some people buy the cars as high-performance showpieces, adding maybe just 300 or 400 miles, others absolutely get them on track, said Engel, 46, of Oklahoma City, who works at the company’s original location.

As the son of a car dealer in Oklahoma and Las Vegas, Engel has eaten, slept, and breathed cars all his life. He has probably owned 150 vehicles since he was 15.

“It’s in your blood,” he said.

From dream to reality

The designers originally planned to just make the vehicles more efficient, and that came out, “Oh my god, what do we have here,” Stone told the Free Press.

Every piece of the Shelby GT500CR carbon fiber is essentially flawless because it was designed and modified using CAD – computer-aided design, Engel said. “When you build something by hand, it’s practically impossible to be identical. This whole car is digitally scanned and one designer has perfected the entire car from front to back. Everything is perfect.”

It really is a celebration of the legacy of the legendary Carroll Shelby.

Eight years after his death, he continues to be revered for his passion for sacrificing everything to achieve his dream of designing, building and racing cars. Shelby stands for innovation and quality.

“He won Le Mans. The GT500 from 1967 is still the most popular muscle car today,” said Engel. “Even in new cars, in new Mustangs, you can see Carroll’s designs.”

Mainstream moviegoers discovered its brilliance with “Ford versus Ferrari”, the Oscar-nominated blockbuster that told the story of Shelby and British racing driver Ken Miles in their battle against Enzo Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans 24 Hours in France.

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The legendary 1967 Shelby GT500 will be reinterpreted with “a powerful, modern engine, improved suspension, better braking systems” and the latest technology, the company said in a press release. Original Shelby molds reproduce the lines of the 1967-68 Shelby.

“The result is breathtaking perfection in a car that is an astounding 600 pounds lighter than the standard,” Engel said in the press release. “The power-to-weight ratio corresponds to the most exotic vehicles and makes it a modern world-class super sports car with American muscles.”

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A limited edition hand-painted outer stripe can be any color chosen by the customer, while the body of the car is treated with clear coat to reveal the carbon weave patterns. Custom options include painting the vehicle – Wimbledon White and Ebony are popular colors for muscle cars.

The purchase price includes transportation of the closed trailer car to Las Vegas, a customer experience that includes a night in a luxury hotel, a private tour of Shelby American, and a photo with the vehicle. A donation in honor of the customer goes to the Carroll Shelby Foundation, which provides medical and educational benefits to children.

More information is available at Classic-Recreations.com.

Contact Phoebe Wall Howard at 313-222-6512or phoward@freepress.com. Follow her on Twitter @phoebesaid. Sign up for our Cars newsletter.

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