eBay Find Shelby Mustang Prototype Has Only 571 Miles
There's a common sentiment amongst car collectors. Namely, you can never have enough classic, pony, sports, and muscle cars… that is, barring a few exceptions. Not enough time. Not enough money. And of course, not enough space. The later is said to be the reason that in 2014, famed performance shop Shelby American decided to sell off some of its rare collector cars and prototypes (part of its "Enthusiast Collection") as it moved to a new headquarters. This is one of those rare prototypes, known as a Shelby GTS model, and once again the esteemed pre-production pony car is back up for sale. Want to add it to your stable? Admittedly it doesn't come cheaply. The 2012 Shelby GTS prototype asks $179,900. Then again, this certainly is one mean looking steed. RELATED: See More of the 2012 Shelby Mustang GTS Series
Contrary to Shelby Mustangs of old… the GTS package was intended to be a rather inexpensive route into the exclusive Shelby owner’s club. New for 2012, Shelby would take either V6 or V8 Ford Mustangs and outfit them with its GTS widebody kit, which added a substantial three inches to the front fenders and six inches in the rear, making for quite the pumped-up pony car. A reworked front fascia, aggressive hood, and interior trim items furthered the car’s potent recipe.
The cost for upfitting? A not-so-crazy $9,995 for V6 cars and $11,995 for V8 models, plus optional extras, which included a handling and performance package.
This prototype features many of those optional extras, including its Ford SVT tuned suspension setup, Wilwood brake package, Torsen limited-slip differential, Borla exhaust, 20-inch Shelby wheels, and oh yes… a supercharger.
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According to the listing, the blower puts a verified 616 horsepowers into the ground, fed to the rear wheels through a Tremec six-speed manual gearbox and Shelby twin-disc clutch. Of course, that power remains a tad bit off from the titanic 662 hp Shelby GT500 of the era, but lest we forget that Shelby also offered 800- and 1,000-horsepower “Super Snake” packages at the time too.
Dressed in Grabber Blue, this Shelby Mustang prototype is claimed to have had just one owner since it was sold by Shelby, and even more amazingly, it’s covered just 571 miles in its lifetime. No, it’s far from the “cheapest” GTS around… but you certainly don’t find these everyday.