725-HP Shelby Mustang Super Snake Pace Car Special Edition Will Take Your Breath Away
There's a lot going on with this car. This is a 2007 Ford Mustang GT500 40th Anniversary Edition that was the first given the "Super Snake" treatment by Shelby. This isn't the actual pace car, but it's a special edition wearing the same livery as that of the GT500 pace car from Shelby's first (and only) sponsorship of a NASCAR race. That race was the Shelby 427, and it was held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March of 2009, in honor of the 427 Cobra, which were built right down the road. Got all of that? If not, don't worry, the mouthful of a name and inspiration behind it isn't what matters. What matters is that this is a factory fresh, 725-horsepower GT500 Super Snake, and it's up for grabs on eBay. RELATED: See Photos of the 2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Super Snake
The first thing you really need to understand, is that what makes this car really special is not its appearance—or the fact that the interior bears the signatures of 13 different luminaries with connections to Ford and Shelby. It's not the body kit, the stance, the smoked headlights, or carbon fiber splitter either. Those things contribute to this car being desirable from an aesthetic standpoint, sure, but they are not what makes it special.
The 5.4-liter V8 that was supercharged at Tasca Ford and pumps out 725-horsepower—that, that's what makes this car special. That it is one of just 202 Super Snakes that were ever given the Pace Car livery helps too, as does the fact that of those 202, only 16 of them wore Performance White paint
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Beyond the power, rarity, and provenance, Super Snake #307 has covered just 644 miles and hasn't even been washed, because it's never seen rain or any other elements. It's not so much a garage queen as it is a garage king, and if you're into collectable modern cars, I can't think of another one that checks all the right boxes the way this one does. It's historically significant, in beyond impressive condition, and if you decided that you actually wanted to drive it, you'd probably have a little bit of fun behind the wheel thanks to the laundry list of suspension upgrades.
Yeah, not only did the Super Snake upgrade add power via the Kenne Bell twin-screw supercharger, but improvements for the Mustang-SVT tuned suspension added to the overall handling as well. These bolt-ons included Shelby/Eibach coilovers, Shelby/Brembo brakes, and forged 20-inch Shelby wheels wearing wide Pirelli tires.
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$86,900 is definitely a lot for a pre-facelift fifth-gen Mustang. But if there's one that's worth anywhere near that amount, it's this one. It's a very capable car that hasn't even begun to be broken in, and since it'll probably end up in a museum someday, that's not the worst thing in the world.
This is clearly a collector car, but underneath the pace car livery and interior signatures, it's an absolute beast of a Mustang, the kind of car that begs to be driven hard. It'll certainly be interesting to see who ends up bringing this car into their garage, a pony car fanatic, or someone who just wants a really badass muscle car that'll always standout in a crowd.
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