Raven Black
Black
427 V8
5 Speed Manual
  • 482 cubic inch Shelby Performance V8 / Vortech supercharger
  • Tremec TKO600 5-speed manual transmission
  • Currie 9-inch rear axle / Torsen differential / 3.50 gears
  • Unique Performance suspension
  • Total Control power rack-and-pinion steering / 4-wheel disc brakes
  • 17-inch American Racing Shelby Cobra wheels
  • Custom leather interior
  • Old Air Products Hurricane air conditioning / Sony audio
  • 1 of only 43 GT500E Super Snakes produced
  • Listed in the Shelby American Registry

SUMMARY

* 1 of only 43 GT500E Super Snakes produced / Listed in the Shelby American Registry
* 482 cubic inch Shelby Performance V8 / Vortech supercharger
* Tremec TKO600 5-speed manual transmission
* Custom leather interior / Old Air Products Hurricane air conditioning
* Sale includes a build sheet, service receipts, a dyno sheet and an authentication letter
* Currie 9-inch rear axle / Torsen differential / 3.50 gears
* Unique Performance suspension
* Total Control power rack-and-pinion steering / 4-wheel disc brakes
* 17-inch American Racing Shelby Cobra wheels
* Sony audio

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In the world of Mustangs, there are plenty of cars that have great street presence. And then there are cars, like this sinister Shelby Super Snake, that are wicked manifestations of high octane and pure adrenaline! Listed in the Shelby American Registry, and 1 of only 43 Continuation Super Snakes ever produced, this killer pony could be the ultimate big block Ford. With one twist of its key, 482 cubic inches of Shelby Performance V8 roars to life, shattering any thinly veiled subtlety into a million pieces. When its rubber bites the pavement, a custom suspension and beefy Tremec 5-speed afford a steady diet of modern performance poseurs that's seasoned with the occasional golden age classic. And if you're looking for some pedigreed metal that crosses legendary heritage with fresh DNA, it's the stuff your dreams are made of!

BODYWORK/TRIM

Like so many things modern-era Shelby, the story of the Continuation Super Snakes is a bit of a convoluted tale. But, like so many things classic-era Shelby, that story is part of what makes the cars so cool and so collectable. Back in 2001, Shelby authorized Dallas' Unique Performance to build 400 Base and Performance GT500Es and 75 GT500E Super Snakes. Unfortunately, Unique Performance experienced financial strain and this car, GT500E Super Snake number 23, ended up in the custody of the Texas State Police. Initially, the car was clear of Unique's meltdown, as it had been delivered to its proud owner in 2006. However, that owner, desiring a bit of fine-tuning for his six-figure investment, shipped it back to the company in 2007. And, as the old saying goes, the rest is history. Eventually, after everything on the numbers side got sorted out, the car was sent to Revved Automotive Concepts for completion. And in the summer of 2008, it rolled out of its professional, well-documented build as one of the coolest, fastest, most lust worthy and most exclusive Mustangs on the planet.

Shelby's GT line threw fuel on the muscle car fire by not only adding power, but also introducing some of the coolest and most aggressive Mustang design cues ever created. At the leading edge of this slick coupe, clear fog lights, PIAA driving lamps and bright halogen headlights front classy billet grilles, which line an Eleanor-style fascia. At the top of those grilles, polished lanyards pin an aggressive hood in front of fresh glass that's framed in straight trim, polished wipers, bullet-style mirrors and sculpted B-pillar scoops. At the base of that glass, Shelby fender caps, rowdy side pipes and a Monza-style fuel filler cage traditional door handles and vivid GT500E fender emblems. And at the back of the car, traditional Shelby taillights illuminate a third GT500E emblem above a color-keyed bumper and small PIAA reverse lamps.

ENGINE

Assembled by Keith Craft Performance of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, this pony's bored and stroked Shelby Performance 427 mixes 482 cubic inches of displacement with smooth 8.8 to 1 compression. At the top of the aluminum mill, a Shelby-branded Vortech supercharger punches air in to a Pro Systems-prepped billet Holley carburetor, which is hooked to braided fluid lines, an Aeromotive regulator and a small Auto Gage pressure gauge. A resulting air/fuel mixture makes its way from a sturdy Shelby intake to ported Edelbrock heads, which ride between a hydraulic roller cam and Shelby-branded valve covers. When those heads flood the cylinders, an MSD Pro-Billet distributor sequences spark between an MSD Blaster HVC coil, MSD 6BTM ignition and MSD Super Conductor plug wires. Spent gases roar through coated long-tube headers. A custom Be Cool radiator, which rides between a Shelby water pump, a Unique Performance overflow and two electric fans, provides the brutal engine's cooling. A polished Powermaster alternator spins above cool air conditioning and convenient power steering thanks to quality Concept One pulleys. And overall, the car's textured engine bay is exceptionally well done, featuring details like modern bracing, coated tubing and, of course, the supercharger's 3.33-inch pulley.

DRIVETRAIN/SUSPENSION

At the bottom of this Mustang, a freshened undercarriage houses solid, undercoated floors that are bolted to a roster of top-notch components. Behind the buff FE, a RAM hydraulic clutch engages a Tremec TKO600 5-speed, which twists a 3-inch aluminum driveshaft. That driveshaft jerks a proven Currie 9-inch that's fitted with 3.50 gears, 31-spline Currie axles and a Torsen differential. That rear end rolls on a Unique Performance pushrod suspension, which is tailored to high quality mini tubs. Opposite that clip, a Unique Performance coil-over suspension employs Total Control power rack-and-pinion steering. Braking is equally class, with beefy calipers, “SHELBY” branded Baers up front, clenching four drilled and slotted rotors. The aforementioned headers dump spent gases in to 2.5-inch Unique Performance pipes that employ a coated crossover and tough SpinTech mufflers. And torque shakes the ground through 17-inch American Racing Shelby Cobras, which twist 245/45ZR17 Nitto NT555 Extreme ZRs in front of 315/35ZR17 Nitto NT555 Extreme ZRs.

INTERIOR

Open the doors and you'll find a fully restored cockpit that mixes the best elements of Ford's Black vinyl interior with stylish and functional upgrades. Front-and-center, “Super Snake” branded, hi-back SCAT PROCARs stretch tight leather covers under a tough roll bar and 5-point G-FORCE safety harnesses. In front of those seats, an ornate dual-cowl dash centers Cobra-branded telemetry and satin silver trim between a Carroll Shelby signature and levers for the car's Old Air Products climate control. Below that dash, a thin console anchors a trick Shelby shifter and Cobra-branded armrest between modern Sony audio, Auto Meter Phantom accessory gauges and a small fire extinguisher. The floors are occupied by fade-free carpet, which rides beneath thick mats and “SHELBY” branded pedals. At the sides of that carpet, 'layered' door panels feature clean stainless trim and bright chrome handles. In front of the driver, a wood-rimmed Moto-Lita wheel laps a color-keyed, tilting column. And behind the passengers, a clean trunk hides a Rick's fuel cell and beefy Optima battery behind a bright NOS tank, Sony subwoofers and a full-size spare tire.

OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION AND ACCESSORIES

* Marketing materials from Unique Performance
* A Unique Performance Build Specifications Sheet
* A Unique Performance Final Assembly Checklist
* A Unique Performance Departure Checklist
* Service receipts from Revved Automotive Concepts
* An official dyno sheet
* An authentication letter from Revved Automotive Concepts
* An authentication letter from Carroll Shelby Licensing
* An updated specs sheet (2014)
* Component paperwork for the car's Sony CD player
* A small amount of touch-up paint

Storied and equally seductive, this Mustang absolutely sets the bar for top-of-the-line pony cars. If you're the kind of gearhead who demands the best, and understands that quality doesn't compromise, you're well aware of the bliss this Ford offers. Stunning to look at, thrilling to drive and exceptional to show, it's an octane-fueled masterpiece that'll remain timeless thanks to classic design and first-rate craftsmanship. So, what are you waiting for? Call your friends at RK Motors Charlotte today!

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