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YAK Car Pic of the Day

'70 Shelby GT 500, Tonawanda, N.Y.

Usually at this time of year (around here, anyway) most cars like this 1970 Shelby GT 500 (they weren’t officially marketed as Mustangs) are locked up someplace warm and dry. But this one (missing its front spoiler) was seen recently outside a performance shop in Tonawanda. For 1969 the Shelby (GT 350 and GT 500) underwent an extensive redesign, which was carried over into the 1970 models. GT 500s came with the 428 CID V-8, while GT 350s had the 351, and they were available both as the pictured fastback, and as a convertible. Shelby produced 286 GT 500s, with prices ranging from around $4,800 for the fastback to around $5,100 for the drop-top. 

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know


  • Joseph Coppola

    Sometimes a piece of cake is a piece of cake, Somtimes a Mustang is a Mustang.

  • I once had a Shelby Charger, but one of these had it for lunch one day (as an appetizer).

    BTW, did you ever see the even older Shelby Mustang that used to always be parked on one of the main streets in Holley–? I never got close enough to it to see if it was really a Shelby, but it had the markings.

  • Jim Corbran

    Holley! Haven’t been through there in years. We used to sometimes travel to Rochester that way to visit the mother-in-law. Maybe time for another trip taking the scenic route instead of the Thruway, with a camera of course!