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Hot Side Pipes: 1970 Shelby GT 500

1970 Shelby GT 500

By the time this Shelby left the factory, Carroll had little to no input on the car’s design or setup, but it was still one of the fastest Mustangs you could get in ’70. Of course, it isn’t actually a ’70, but a left over ’69 that Ford slapped a new VIN onto. There were just 789 Shelbys “built” in 1970 and this one is said to be a survivor with just 66k miles since new! It’s been in storage for most of its life and appears to have fared the years well. It’s been in Florida its entire life and has some surface rust, but I don’t spot anything serious. Be sure to take a closer look at this Shelby here on eBay in Osteen, Florida with a current bid of $61k.

1970 Shelby GT 500 Engine

While it isn’t anything like the GT 350 we recently featured, I wouldn’t mind having this GT 500! While the Mustang had grown considerably in ’69, this car’s 428 CJ was more than capable to hurling this heavy pony down the road. Ford gave the engine a 335 horsepower rating, but actual power production was closer to 410.

1970 Shelby GT 500 Interior

All that power might be fun, but there is one caveat, this car is equipped with an automatic. For drag racing and casual drives, it would be great, but I would rather be able to select my own gears. I guess I could live with the auto after giving the interior a good detailing and getting the brakes working!

1970 Shelby GT 500 Survivor

I know these later Shelbys aren’t as desirable as early cars, but they were still great cars to drive. With some work and a good cleaning, this car could be one sweet driver. Let’s be honest, any car with side pipes is just more fun to drive!


  1. newport pagnell

    I always thought that the center mount exhaust exit on these were one of its cooler features.

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  2. piper62j

    The odometer has been rolled back, but that’s irrelevant now.. The trunk weatherstrip is on the trunk and not on the opening of the body. The interior has been hacked for speakers which leaves the door panels in poor shape..

    If I had the extra cash, this puppy would be in my garage.. I like it and it’s easily fixable. The value of these has continually increased over the years..

    Great, great find.

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      The trunk weatherstrip is suppose to be on the underside of the trunk lid, not on the body. The speaker cover shown on the left door is a factory cover. Door speakers were used when either an AM-8 track or AM/FM radio was ordered.

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  3. RandyS

    @piper. Had 66,205 miles in 1985. Why suspect the rollback?

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  4. chris lawrence

    no way would I pay that much for what essentially became a body kit and stickers.

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  5. piper62j

    Cathouse.. Correct on the deck lid seal.. However the door panels have been butchered where the speakers mount.. The bottom of the panel is NOT cut out below the finish trim.. See pic 1 .. The finished bottom of the door panel should still be in place irregardless of the speaker grille.. Makes for a nice neat installation that is eye appealinig.. See pic 2

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  6. piper62j

    Cathouse pic 2

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  7. Randy

    Unusual that there’s no Export Brace. I thought those were standard on Shelby’s.

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  8. RoughDiamond

    Shelby in some ways, but not so much so. Perhaps you native Floridians can clarify something I’ve heard, that Florida cars rust from the inside out and one day you’ll just go out to your car and see a major perforation in the metal.

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