1967 Revology Shelby Mustang GT500 Makes the Old New Again

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The restomod motion—grafting fashionable mechanicals into decades-old automobiles—is an try and evoke heat reminiscences by making previous crocks (the automobiles, not us) really feel younger and enjoyable to drive once more. In case your automotive hero worship runs to mid-Sixties Mustangs, Revology may need the restomod medication you are on the lookout for. In fact, you do not should be an individual of a sure age to lust after one among their reimagined, new-old Mustangs, however you will have scads of disposable earnings to place one in your storage.

Revology focuses on 1965–1968 Mustang restomods. The Orlando, Florida-based firm was based in 2014 by Tom Scarpello, a gonzo fanatic who beforehand held sales-and-marketing positions at Nissan, Infiniti, Jaguar, and Ford—together with head of operations for the latter’s SVT efficiency group. Scarpello chucked the company life to pursue the quixotic quest of constructing automobiles, however he introduced a mass-market mindset to Revology’s marketing strategy.

The corporate is not a lot a customized store as it’s a mini-manufacturer. In a twist to the standard restomod system, Revology would not restore and modify present previous automobiles; it builds classic Ford Mustangs from the bottom up with solely new our bodies after which matches them with fashionable operating gear. The top result’s nearer to what Singer does with Porsches than what a hot-rod store or non-public proprietor would possibly construct on a one-off foundation.

The method begins with welding up new, period-correct, physique and chassis stampings to create an all-new shell. After that it is like a This Previous Home challenge: Hold the footprint and replace the innards. Revology strengthens the construction with the extra strong floorpan and reinforcement plates from the late-60’s convertibles, in addition to an x-brace subframe connector; enlarges the transmission tunnel to just accept a Tremec T56 Magnum XL six-speed handbook or a Ford 10-speed computerized transmission; and reconfigures the engine bay to swallow both of two Ford 32-valve, 5.0-liter Coyote V-8s: a typical 460-hp, 420-lb-ft naturally aspirated model or a Roush-built supercharged mill placing out a claimed 710 horsepower and 610-pound toes of torque. A brand new coil-over suspension—management arms up entrance and two longitudinal hyperlinks, a torque arm, and a Panhard rod within the rear—is then wedged into place.

HIGHS: Seems to be to lust for, Pebble Seashore construct high quality, earth-shaking V-8 thunder.

Like large-scale carmakers, Revology has a web-based configurator the place a possible buyer—or these simply dreaming of turning into one—can check out combos of paint coloration, inside trim, and choices. Revology’s lineup features a convertible and two fastback variations of the 1965–1966 Mustang and 5 variants of the 1967–1968 Stang fastback. They don’t seem to be bespoke vehicles, although; the corporate will accommodate a request for a customized paint coloration or a particular shade of leather-based, however that is it. In any other case, you select from the menu of accessible choices. Revology even backs its work with an unlimited-mileage, one-year bumper-to-bumper guarantee and two years for the powertrain, one other big-company contact.

Judging by the Shelby GT500 take a look at automobile that Revology handed us, its manufacturing course of seems attractive vehicles. Construct high quality was as much as Pebble Seashore Concours requirements; flawless paint, laser-straight physique panels, doorways that open and shut like a contemporary Mustang due to a painstaking course of to include latching mechanisms from the present sixth-generation automobile, and a fantastically assembled inside communicate to meticulous craftsmanship bordering on artwork. Even the automobile’s underside is sanitary.

Nonetheless, these are hand-built automobiles, which implies this degree of perfection is stunningly costly. The least pricey automobile within the Revology lineup, the 1968 Mustang 2+2 fastback, has a base worth of $248,345. Shelby GT500s, Revology’s prime model, begin at $320,600. Our six-speed handbook take a look at instance had a full nappa leather-based inside ($10,475), painted Wimbledon White LeMans stripes ($6575), an Alcantara headliner ($1125), Darkish Blue Metallic paint ($975), front-seat headrests ($950), and flush-mount hood latches ($635), bringing its sticker to $341,335.

Sure, that is Ferrari cash, and you might choose up a well-restored unique Shelby GT500 for about half that—so why would not you? As a result of, as Scarpello factors out, “you would be driving a 56-year-old automobile.” That is the purpose of restomods: evoking the nice and cozy nostalgia of the previous blended with a contemporary driving expertise. We get why 167 folks have up to now been seduced into buying a Revology Mustang—33 of them popping for the GT500. It does precisely what it is purported to.

LOWS: You most likely cannot afford one, you will most likely by no means drive one, you will most likely by no means even see one.

The GT500’s customary Roush supercharged V-8 lights off by way of a push-button begin—a 7.0-inch Pioneer infotainment display screen incorporating Apple CarPlay and a backup digital camera is one other fashionable inside function—and involves life with an ominous thunderclap via its catalytic-converter-less Borla exhaust. Its booming V-8 bass be aware rises to a brazen roar if you pin the throttle, an occasion that by no means lasts lengthy given how rapidly the GT500 hurls itself down the tarmac. The sound of this engine is sufficient to trigger the mind’s clock to flip again to the muscle-car period of the late Sixties, when Mustangs battled Chevy Camaros and AMC Javelins in Trans-Am competitors and fought it out in impromptu avenue races throughout America.

We draw back from placing specialty automobiles via our track-testing decathlon as a result of expertise has proven us that just about none survive it. The primary Revology GT500 we drove, geared up with a 10-speed computerized, additionally had points. The entrance of the GT500 is stuffed with the identical radiators and intercoolers you’d discover in right this moment’s sixth-gen Mustang geared up with the identical powertrain. The trendy Mustang flows considerably extra air via its nostril than the automobiles from the ’60s. Throughout acceleration runs to 150 mph, the intercooler circuit cooked itself and finally, the fashionable electronics would pull energy. With our findings, a decided Scarpello vowed to make it proper. Three further cooling followers now transfer air throughout the exchanger, and there is a further oil cooler, in addition to a 3-D-printed ram air boot so cleanly built-in into the radiator core you’d assume it was initially engineered that manner. Scarpello prevailed upon us to present Revology a second likelihood with this six-speed handbook model, and it emerged unscathed. The numbers it produced affirm what our backsides had already instructed us: It is bloody quick, ear-piercingly loud, and does its greatest work in a straight line—very like the unique Shelby GT500.

Again in 1967, we examined a Shelby GT500 geared up with a three-speed computerized. Powered by a 7.0-liter, 355-hp V-8, it was fast for the time, delivering a 60-mph dash of 6.5 seconds and a quarter-mile run of 15.0 seconds at 95 mph. That is virtually precisely what a Honda Odyssey minivan will do right this moment. A lot for fond reminiscences.

The Revology GT500 is fast for this period, with a 3.7-second 60-mph sprint and a quarter-mile blast of 11.7 seconds at 124 mph—just about an identical numbers to these turned in by our 668-hp, six-speed handbook long-term Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing. And that ungodly full-throttle roar? It peaks at 98 decibels, in response to our sound-level meter, roughly the identical as a Corvette Z06 at full wail—and it appears even louder.

The unique GT500 was a extra refined follow-up to Shelby American’s rough-edged GT350s. We summed it up then as “a grown-up sports activities automobile for clean touring.” Throughout 56 years, the Revology GT500 additionally has the same softer aspect balancing its wild-child powertrain.

Revology’s remake is nice round city, with mild clutch and shifter efforts and progressive brakes. It is also comfy threading its manner down two-lanes at a brisk touring tempo, however regardless of its fashionable operating gear, it would not have the steering really feel, seat-of-the-pants connection, or sheer grip that encourages attacking sweepers and hairpins as confidently as you’ll in a present Mustang GT. Rolling on 245/45ZR-17 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, the GT500 corners at 0.88 g on the skidpad, actually much better than what we’d’ve seen again in ’67 however about what we noticed from the newest Honda Accord, proving there are limitations to a chassis developed some 60 years in the past. A contemporary, 3847-pound curb weight, practically 500 kilos heavier than a 1967 unique, additionally would not assist. Stopping energy comes from Wilwood brakes—six-piston calipers clamping 13.1-inch rotors in entrance and four-pot calipers pinching 12.9-inch rotors within the again—and with out the assistance of anti-lock brakes, stops from 70 mph occur in 179 toes.

Level the Revology GT500 down a freeway, although, and it is a joyful cruiser, with a supple, well-judged trip and unflappable straight-line stability. It’s going to lope alongside comfortably at extra-legal speeds, its customary air-con maintaining the cabin cool in summer time. It settles right down to 79 decibels at 70 mph, lots loud however not so annoying that it could hold us from taking it on jaunts to Automobiles & Espresso gatherings and even on longer drives.

With however 33 Revology Shelby GT500s in existence, the possibilities of you catching a glimpse of 1 are about the identical as bumping into Taylor Swift at your native Costco. Oh, properly. Scarpello says his clients “have an emotional connection to previous Mustangs.” They could have wished one after they had been youngsters or owned one and wished they hadn’t offered it, and now they’ve the cash to reward themselves with a new-old one. Fortunate them.

VERDICT: Sixties nostalgia meets new-age engineering in a trip that evokes muscle-car-era enjoyable.

We’re simply joyful these uncommon beasts exist. The Revology GT500 overflows with throwback attraction sweetly up to date to the current, due to classic appears to be like, show-car construct high quality, and a big dose of adrenaline. Or, to place it in ’60s parlance, it is a cool automobile, man. Actual cool.

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Specs

Specs

1967 Revology Shelby Mustang GT500

Car Sort: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2+2-passenger, 2-door coupe

PRICE

Base/As Examined: $320,600/$341,335

Choices: Porsche Schwarz nappa leather-based inside, $10,475; painted Wimbledon White stripes, $6575; Alcantara headliner, $1125; Darkish Blue Metallic paint, $975; front-seat head restraints, $950; polished flush-mount hood latches, $635

ENGINE

supercharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, port and direct gas injection

Displacement: 307 in3, 5038 cm3

Energy: 710 hp @ 7250 rpm

Torque: 610 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

TRANSMISSION

6-speed handbook

CHASSIS

Suspension, F/R: management arms/stay axle

Brakes, F/R: 13.1-in vented, grooved disc/12.9-in vented, grooved disc

Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S

245/45ZR-17 (99Y)

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 108.0 in

Size: 186.6 in

Width: 70.9 in

Peak: 51.6 in

Curb Weight: 3847 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS

60 mph: 3.7 sec

100 mph: 7.8 sec

1/4-Mile: 11.7 sec @ 124 mph

130 mph: 12.8 sec

150 mph: 19.2 sec

Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.4 sec.

Rolling Begin, 5–60 mph: 4.3 sec

Prime Gear, 30–50 mph: 7.9 sec

Prime Gear, 50–70 mph: 6.7 sec

Prime Pace (C/D est): 170 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 179 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.88 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY

Noticed: 12 mpg

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Director, Purchaser’s Information

Wealthy Ceppos has evaluated vehicles and automotive know-how throughout a profession that has encompassed 10 years at Normal Motors, two stints at Automobile and Driver totaling 19 years, and hundreds of miles logged in racing automobiles. He was in music college when he realized what he actually wished to do in life and, someway, it is labored out. In between his two C/D postings he served as govt editor of Car Journal; was an govt vp at Campbell Advertising and marketing & Communications; labored in GM’s product-development space; and have become writer of Autoweek. He has raced constantly since school, held SCCA and IMSA professional racing licenses, and has competed within the 24 Hours of Daytona. He presently ministers to a 1999 Miata and a 1965 Corvette convertible and appreciates that none of his youthful colleagues have but uttered “Okay, Boomer” when he tells one among his tales concerning the loopy previous days at C/D.

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