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A Shelby GT500 parked next to me last night at our local downtown cruise. I had a chance to examine it close up. I have to tell you I'm not impressed. It was a Torch Red coupe with no stripe package. When it first pullled in we thought it was a clone. After ascertaining it was the real thing I talked to the owner. She let me open the hood - I have to say that hood is big time heavy. I like the functional extractor vents but it's way overweight. The supercharger looks tiny - Saleen's has more style. The plating on the fuel rails was so thin you could see the copper underplate in spots and the brake resevoir is typical Ford - leaking already. It had the dark dash kit - just looked like a plain black interior. The padded armrests are a good addition. The seats are stitched with the Cobra emblems and look OK. The gage cluster is cool. The fake gas cap is brushed aluminum and looks like something off of a Toyota - real cheap. The black painted lower moldings make it look like a sixer except for the cool diffuser and the rear wing is killer. All-in-all not worth the $20K over sticker mark-up they paid. Most of the car guys at the cruise commented that my car looked better. I guess I won't be trading up anytime soon.

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A Shelby GT500 parked next to me last night at our local downtown cruise. I had a chance to examine it close up. I have to tell you I'm not impressed. It was a Torch Red coupe with no stripe package. When it first pullled in we thought it was a clone. After ascertaining it was the real thing I talked to the owner. She let me open the hood - I have to say that hood is big time heavy. I like the functional extractor vents but it's way overweight. The supercharger looks tiny - Saleen's has more style. The plating on the fuel rails was so thin you could see the copper underplate in spots and the brake resevoir is typical Ford - leaking already. It had the dark dash kit - just looked like a plain black interior. The padded armrests are a good addition. The seats are stitched with the Cobra emblems and look OK. The gage cluster is cool. The fake gas cap is brushed aluminum and looks like something off of a Toyota - real cheap. The black painted lower moldings make it look like a sixer except for the cool diffuser and the rear wing is killer. All-in-all not worth the $20K over sticker mark-up they paid. Most of the car guys at the cruise commented that my car looked better. I guess I won't be trading up anytime soon.
Come on! get one and finish off the stang hattrick


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Sounds like these things should cost the same as the old Terminators.

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Yea why the hell are the lower mouldings black? That is the worst feature of the car, it just screams V6. I kind of like that the vents inside are brushed aluminum rather than plastic 'chrome' like the GT's, doesn't look as tacky. But I don't like how the whole interior is black, quite drab. I don't even like the wheels much the 18" Bullitts are way nicer. Overall I'm not impressed with the look of the car and the disappointing numbers make it even worse. If I was going to drop that kind of cash on a car it would be C6 all the way.
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The vent rings are aluminum and the door pulls are too. The entire pull - it's not a cover like the normal upgrade package. The flippers in the vent are black like my no option car. The ride height seems even taller than normal if that's possible. I think it's because of the black lower moldings. They should have come with a suspension drop from the factory. The exhaust looked and sounded like stock GT mufflers. The owner purchased it out of Michigan and had it shipped. He said he has one on reserve at the local dealer that he is going to let go. The local guy is marking it up $35K.

If I do the "hat trick" I think I'll go for the Grabber Orange Parnelli Jones/Saleen.
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The vent rings are aluminum and the door pulls are too. The entire pull - it's not a cover like the normal upgrade package. The flippers in the vent are black like my no option car. The ride height seems even taller than normal if that's possible. I think it's because of the black lower moldings. They should have come with a suspension drop from the factory. The exhaust looked and sounded like stock GT mufflers. The owner purchased it out of Michigan and had it shipped. He said he has one on reserve at the local dealer that he is going to let go. The local guy is marking it up $35K.

If I do the "hat trick" I think I'll go for the Grabber Orange Parnelli Jones/Saleen.
Personally I think the door pull and steering wheel trim style should have also been used around the vents and gauge cluster on the GT's. I agree that the Shelby should have been dropped about 1.5" from the factory why must Mustangs always be so damn high. Also I remember reading in an article (car and driver perhaps?) that the GT exhaust actually sounds better than the GT500 ...interesting.
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