Better in ‘Burple’: Classic Recreations Builds a One-Off Shelby GT500
One of two things will happen as you scroll through these images: either you will reel at the sight of a classic muscle car in such an outlandish bluish-purple (burple) color, or you’ll fall in love with those bold, sensual lines all over again in a new, gorgeous context.
As you can probably tell, I’m far more in favor of Classic Recreations’ new take on a classic than I am against it. If the CR name rings a bell, its probably because its last creation, a more traditional gray Shelby Mustang project, basically stole the internet’s heart.
Although that car looked like a benign restoration, it wielded a 427 cubic-inch Ford Performance engine with a Procharger F1-R supercharger system that served up over 800 horsepower. This time, there’s “only” 770 hp at the wheels, but the suspension upgrades, stunning 18-inch wheels, sticky tires, big brake updates, and free-flowing exhaust are all part of the package.
While the gray Shelby was headed to a German customer, this one is headed a bit further East, to a Sheikh in Saudi Arabia. Although the owner may well own faster, lighter, lower, and more expensive cars, but it doesn’t get much more unique than a 1967 Burple ‘Stang.
Specific upgrades include Wilwood six-piston front and rear brakes, a VaporWorx fuel pump, Magnaflow exhaust, Rod and Custom suspension system, 225 front and 315 rear BFG Rival tires, and Carroll Shelby Signature seats and gauges. All told, there are thousands of dollars of modifications, but almost all of them are below the surface, maintaining the car’s classic curb appeal.
As a surprise for the new owner, CR stitched the customer’s family crest into the armrest — as if the vehicle wasn’t unique enough. Like the other Shelby we shared, the final price paid for this custom project wasn’t disclosed, but we do know that Classic Recreations charges a starting fee of $219,000 for your own rolling piece of history.