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January/February '13

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Featured Vehicle A 1967 Shelby G.T.500CR Convertible— Classic Recreations is known for offering officially licensed Shelby continuation cars, so when owner Jason Engel decided to offer his own version of the one-of-a-kind G.T.500CR convertible, he did so with the blessing of Carroll Shelby himself. By Ashley Majeski Smissen Photos by Drew Phillips 30 With a Twist! O ver the years, there have been several Shelby models that have been described as "rare," or even "ultra-rare." But few, if any, are as rare as the 1967 Shelby G.T.500 convertible, a car so rare that only one was ever built, a prototype built for Carroll Shelby himself. The one-of-a-kind car, known affectionately around the Shelby headquarters as "Little Red," was eventually stolen and was nearly sent to the junker before landing in the Volo Auto Museum in Volo, Illinois, its permanent home since 1999. It continues to intrigue Mustang and Shelby enthusiasts. The ultra-rare model also intrigued Jason Engel, owner of Classic Recreations in Yukon, Oklahoma. Engel, who's known for modifying and custom-fabricating high performance vehicles, had started producing built-to-order officially licensed 1967 Shelby Mustang continuation cars in 2010. With the blessing of Carroll Shelby, he embarked on the task of building his own version of the 1967 Shelby G.T.500CR convertible to add to his company's offerings. It was bittersweet, Engel says, "as the G.T.500CR convertible was the final Classic Recreations car to receive Carroll Shelby's seal of approval before his passing." Hotrod & Restoration January/February 2013 HRR_Jan/Feb13_Pages1-63.indd 30 1/24/13 2:19 PM

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