Is the Shelby GT500 KR King of the Muscle Cars?
The title of 'world’s greatest muscle car' gets thrown around quite a bit: adorning Chargers, Mustangs, Camaros, GTOs, and about a half-dozen other high-powered machines, circa the late ‘60s. But how to pinpoint the best?While every list is a bit subjective, our friends over at ToolOrders came up with a slick infographic to turn the battle of V8 nostalgia into a game of numbers. And at the top of the list, it’s none other than the ’68 Shelby Mustang GT500 KR. PHOTOS: Take a closer look at the 1968 Shelby GT500 'King of the Road'
In 1967, Ford and Shelby embraced the success they had with the track-tuned GT350. So that year, Ford (now with much more control of Shelby production) dropped its big 428 cubic inch Police Interceptor V8 underneath the hood of the Mustang. The extra power and amenities went over so swimmingly with Shelby fans that Ford upped the ante with a new Cobra Jet 428 engine for 1968, featuring larger heads and ram-air induction.
It became the fastest and best equipped Mustang of the bunch, inheriting the initials KR for "King of the Road," despite its deceptively underrated 335-horsepower figure (alleged to be closer to 400 horsepower). And, based on typical triple-digit auction figures, this sovereign of the muscle cars ought to hold onto its hallowed throne.
Find your favorite muscle car in the infographic below.
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