20k: Giddy Up: 2009 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
All sorts of internet pundits, bloggers, commenters, interweb-buddhas and know-it-alls say that the best new car to get for around $20k is the Mustang V6. It features a 300 horsepower V6, rear drive, and is blazing fast for the cash…however..here at Daily Turismo, we say the best new car to get for $20k is a used Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 …because new car smell is a synthetic aerosol and we like 500 horsepower. Find this 2009 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 offered for $22,800 via cars.com in Naperville, IL.
I know what you are going to say — but a 2009 GT500 with 154k miles isn’t “new” –but we can both agree that a 2014 Mustang V6 with 7 miles on the odometer isn’t new either…it has 7 miles on it. Once you get it home it’ll have another dozen or two and within the first year you’ll put at least 10k on it — who has a new car now? And no matter how much you drive that V6tang, it won’t suddenly pull like a Shelby GT500.
Under the hood of this last of the 2005 remodeled S197 Mustang is a 5.4 liter version of the iron block modular V8 engine, supercharged to produce a healthy 500 horsepower and 480 ft-lbs of torque. It weights just under 4000 lbs, but that won’t stop the pony car from destroying 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds and about 12.5 seconds in the 1/4 mile.
The Shelby GT500 was a joint project between Ford’s SVT group and Shelby America, and it was only available with a 6-speed manual Tremec gearbox. Even with 150k+ miles on the odometer this beast will still burn up tires and impress the neighborhood kids.
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The Carfax shows that this car was in CA for all of its miles and was serviced regularly at the same dealership. Just driven a lot. Apparently paid-off in April. Must have been sold at auction somewhere to end up in Illinois.
Has to be the highest mileage (or close to it) GT500 in the country. Would love to see the receipts to know if this powertrain required a lot of attention over those miles, or if it was reasonably bulletproof.