Shelby GT500

Shelby GT500 Pro Touring 527 CI Boss 9 V8 6 Speed RK527
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Body Style
527 CI Boss 9
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Interior Color

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1970 marked the first time in the four-year history of the Camaro that a convertible option was not offered.

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Why Buy
  • Jon Kaase built all-aluminum 527 cubic inch BOSS Nine V8
  • Detroit Speed alumaframe with adjustable coil-over shocks
  • 427 Shelby Rims from Vintage Wheels INC.
  • Custom built Tremec T56 6-speed manual transmission
  • Dyno-verified 800+HP
  • Custom 3-inch exhaust with Flowmaster Mufflers
  • Detroit Speed Quadralink that houses a Ford 9” with 3.55 gears
  • Baer 6-piston 4-wheel disc brakes

Much press has been made about 2014 being the Ford Mustang’s 50th birthday. Celebrations have been planned across the United States with the biggest being held in conjunction at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Here at RK Motors Charlotte we decided to pay tribute to the Ford Mustang by not only sponsoring the Award of Excellence at the Mustang 50th Celebration at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but by also building this incredible 1967 Shelby GT500 tribute that was unveiled at the very same event. Not only was the Shelby built to pay homage to the Ford Mustang, but also built to take on the grueling 2014 Hot Rod Power Tour. Our Shelby tribute will travel from Charlotte to Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, starting on June 7th. The tour, which covers seven states, acts as an endurance test for the brave that attempt every stop. The few that arrive at every stop are awarded the long hauler award and will forever be known for conquering the Power Tour.

So by now you might be asking yourself, why build a ’67 Shelby GT500 and not a ’64.5 Mustang? The truth is the ’67 Shelby GT500 is arguably the most recognizable and sought after Mustang of all time. Many builds have been performed using this historic ride as a base. Many tend to go the route of building an Eleanor tribute while others try to create a replica based on the original Shelby specs. However, we decided to create a ’67 GT500 that many here at RK are starting to call a “Shelby Sleeper”. You see, if you simply looked down the body and glanced in the interior you would never guess what was waiting underneath the hood. Instead of following the normal choice of a 428, we chose to go with a Jon Kaase built all-aluminum 527 cubic inch Boss Nine V8 that churns out a dyno-verified 800 horsepower on pump gas. Trust us, you have never seen a Shelby GT500 tribute like this before.

Shelby’s GT line threw fuel on the muscle car fire by introducing some of the coolest and most aggressive Mustang design cues ever created. We thought to ourselves, why try to add to that. So we kept the look of a ’67 Shelby GT500 intact. The body is covered in a brilliant shade of Candy apple red and features two painted white racing stripes that run the length of the car. At the leading edge of this slick GT500, a pristine chrome bumper dissects a correct Shelby grille which hangs familiar FoMoCo driving lights between a fresh “SHELBY G.T. 500” badge, bright headlamps and bullet-style parking lights. At the top of that grille, correct chrome lanyards lead the eye past the hood to like-new glass that’s framed by bright stainless trim, spotless stainless wipers and a correct chrome mirror. At the sides of that glass, correct Shelby scoops and correct Shelby fender caps combine with factory-fresh Cobra emblems and traditional chrome door handles to provide an aggressive, yet finished appearance. And at the back of the car, a familiar Shelby decklid hangs a second “SHELBY G.T. 500” badge over traditional Shelby tail lights, a new custom cobra filler, a second chrome bumper, highly detailed reverse lamps and bright stainless exhaust tips.

Simply looking at the Shelby without lifting the hood you would suspect that a period correct 428 lies under the hood. However, when you lift the bright red hood you’ll find a Jon Kaase built all-aluminum 527 cubic inch Boss Nine V8 that led us to name this car RK527. At the top you’ll find a correct Shelby Cobra air filter that has been worked on to fit over the massive 1500CFM throttle body which is controlled thanks to a Fast XFI ECU Port Fuel Injection. Resting on the Jon Kaase aluminum heads are the black valve covers that wear “BOSS 527 Jon Kaase” badging. Inside the aluminum mill you will find a Bryant Billet crankshaft, Oliver connecting rods, full roller valve train, and forged aluminum pistons. The combination is good for an output of over 800hp. In front of the engine is a custom aluminum Fluidyne radiator that is responsible for keeping the engine cool. The spark is supplied to the distributor by an MSD ignition and coil, and once ignition has occurred, spent gasses travel through custom built Good Fab stainless steel headers before entering the dual exhausts.

While the story that everyone comes to read sits under the hood, the real winner of this immaculate RK Motors build might just be sitting under the vehicle. To make room for all those cubic inches, the shock towers were eliminated by RK527 builders Darell Johnston and Richard Gauthier and were replaced with a custom Detroit Speed alumaframe with adjustable coil-over shocks. For the rear suspension we chose to go with a Detroit Speed Quadralink that houses a Ford 9” with 3.55 gears with a cone locker and adjustable coil-over shocks. Bolted to the Jon Kaase mill is a McLeod race clutch that transfers power to a custom built Tremec T56 6-speed manual transmission that sends power to the aforementioned Ford 9”. Following the drive line you’ll also see the custom 3-inch exhaust that is equipped with 40-series Flowmaster mufflers to create a breathtaking rumble. If you are going to have over 800hp at your disposal, then you need to spend some time really considering the correct brake package. So we opted to upgrade our brake package to 6-piston 4-wheel disc brake package from Baer brakes. For the front you’ll find 14” cross drilled and slotted rotors, and at the back 13” drilled and slotted rotors resting behind the red Baer calipers. In front of those brakes you’ll find 18” 427 Shelby rims from Vintage Wheels INC complete with polished spinners that have been wrapped in BF Goodrich Comp Two rubber. The engine, suspension, and drivetrain combination makes RK527 a threat not only in a straight line, but it also can handle itself in the curves better than most.

Inside, the interior is more along the lines of stock appearing like the exterior, as it is resembles true ’67 GT500 interior. If it wasn’t for the loud roar out the back of the car, you would think you were cruising in a real Shelby. Inside this killer pony’s impressive cockpit you’ll find a black comfort weave interior. Naturally, Shelby focused most of his energy on performance and exterior appearance; and when those attributes were combined with Ford’s already excellent Mustang interior, it paid big dividends. The first thing you’ll notice is an old school wood-rimmed and chrome-trimmed steering wheel. Above that wheel, a great looking dash frames a correct 140 MPH speedometer, and a correct 8,000 RPM. In front of that dash, plush vinyl seats, create a great place to log miles from. Beneath those seats, new black carpet and bright stainless sills center a small chrome shifter that is branded with the words “1967 RK Mustang” between thick rubber mats and authentic Stewart Warner gauges. Above that carpet, a simple black roll bar hangs fresh shoulder belts below a fade-free headliner. At the sides of that roll bar, stylish black door panels feature excellent stainless trim, spotless chrome handles and fresh silver accents. And at the back of the cockpit, familiar Shelby vents ride above a folding rear seat that expands a small cargo hold.

Ultimately, RK527 was built in such a way to not only pay our respects to the Ford Mustang but also create a road worthy Shelby tribute. This RK Motors built Shelby cranks out some incredible horsepower numbers, but is equally as capable in the corners. So, happy birthday to the Ford Mustang, and don’t forget to check out this car at every stop along the 2014 Hot Rod Power Tour!


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Engine Type
Engine Size
527 CI Boss 9
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Fuel Specification
92/93 Octane
Fuel Delivery System Type
Electronic Fuel Injection
Transmission Type
6 Speed Manual
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AM Radio
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Battery Shut Off
Battery Charger
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Air Conditioning


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Double A-arm
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Axle Specification
Ford 9"
Front Wheel Specification
18 Inch Alloy
Rear Wheel Specification
18 Inch Alloy
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Rear Tire Specification
Front Brakes Specification
Rear Brakes Specification
Exhaust Type
Dual Exhaust
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