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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Greenlight 2007 and 2011 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 Convertible

Last month I showed the latest version of the 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 coupe from Greenlight in the dark blue from the GL Muscle release 7.  Thanks to Milezone's open rides program, which involved separating the Route 66 multi-pack from a few years ago to sell each vehicle separately, including this white with red stripes GT500 convertible, hence I also just got the convertible.  Even though it has a slight defect with smeared stripes on the hood and rear end, it looks fantastic otherwise.  Also it's a good time to look back at one of my first new age Shelby GT500 Mustang castings, also a Greenlight, the 2007 Shelby GT500 Convertible.

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The 2011 GT500 Convertible is the second version of the 2010 coupe model, and is actually less observant than the coupe since there are only a few variations on this model.  The white with metallic red stripes are nice, and it also complements the now open interior with red stripes on the seats.  The same details that I loved about the coupe still remains on the convertible, though the coke-bottle styled fenders are more visible here.  The back end has a nice 'SnakByt' plate.  The base also features the same details as the coupe, so does the interior.  The supercharged 5.4L V8 still shines in the engine compartment, except the block is not painted grabber blue like the dark blue coupe version has.   Aside from some rough areas on the paint, the GT500 convertible looks right at home with it's coupe cousin.

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2007 GT500:  The rebirth of a legend

With the 2005 Mustang reviving the classic styling of the first generation Mustang, it was only right to bring back the Shelby GT500 now that Carol Shelby finally gives Ford the OK to put his name on the new Mustang.  Featuring a 500 hp. 5.4L Supercharged V8 with a six-speed manual, this Shelby was ready to pounce the track and take on the competition.  A convertible version, GT500KR and SuperSnake arrived later.  Enhancements included a revised front grille with snake logo, new hood with larger dome and vents, ground effects, rear spoiler, and rear bumper diffuser.  Inside carries over from the regular Mustangs, with the addition of a cue-ball shifter and Shelby badging.

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The Greenlight GT500 Convertible

Greenlight just made the GT coupe and convertible, so a GT500 was natural.  What wasn't was starting out with a convertible instead of the coupe, and also being the first to replicate the new Shelby in 1:64 casting before the Mattel brands and others got their hands on it.  The black paint looks stealthy, the front end features single-beam headlight with long signal lights, foglights, and chin spoiler.  The hood has the proper vents, the striping on the side is accurate, and so is the rear taillights and SHELBY letters on the trunklid below the spoiler.  The interior is nicely detailed with the dash, seats, door panels, and only a silver accent on the shifter to break up the all-black interior.  The base, coated in dark gray, features the correct drivetrain setup.  The engine bay has the same 3D look as the 2010 model with silver engine block.  Finally the double 5-sp wheels are spot-on accurate.  One problem that you'll notice that I have with the 2007-2009 GT500 is the lack of separation between a Shelby and an ordinary Mustang:  If it wasn't for the Shelby and snake logo's, or the larger front grille and hood, you might have a hard time trying to decipher if this is a Shelby GT500 or a slightly-modified Mustang GT.  Now compare that with the 2010 and 2011 Shelby's and you'll instantly see the difference from a 2010 Shelby GT500 and a 2010 Mustang GT.

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End result:  While all three are nice, I prefer the 2010 coupe and 2011 convertible GT500 over the 2007 GT500 Convertible.

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