If you've bought - or are planning to buy - a Shelby Mustang GT500, supercar clubs ought to give you the red carpet treatment.

The Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 has been around longer than most of us, 

yet the Eleanor from "Gone in 60 Seconds" was the only GT500 to inspire a passion for hard-core Mustangs. 

It shattered a few people's hearts when Nicolas Cage drove it like he had stolen it. 

But many people still have memories of the automobile.

The ideal Ford Mustang is the Shelby GT500. Nothing is quicker or more evil than that. 

The previous-generation Mustang GT500 had a mean, chiselled appearance, but when Ford unveiled the current-generation GT500, people's eyes widened 

and they were fixated on the television, this time without reaching for the remote control. The new automobile was the thing that stopped the world.

Additionally, the Shelby GT500 has developed its own culture in the United States, much as Harley-Davidson did with its motorcycles.

It is regarded as an aggressively powerful sports vehicle with handling that requires steel nerves.

It has the strength (and the roar!) to awaken an entire neighbourhood thanks to its supercharged V8 engine. 

Ford says - and it has also been demonstrated - that the hard-core 'Stang can take to the track and rattle the bones of a Porsche 911 GT3

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