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  1. Not sure how long you've looked or how badly you want one, but these things are no longer made, don't come up for sale very often, frequently show some wear, and usually cost more than the current bid. I haven't inspected this one, but I don't see anything in the photos that powder coating wouldn't fix. FWIW, that's what I did and it turned out pretty well. Here's an old photo of it that Shelby purloined to hock their billet engine caps...
  2. Not mine and no knowledge of the seller or his product, but... https://www.ebay.com/itm/303322420222
  3. Welcome back! I ran a strut tower brace on my '13 until I upgraded the intake, making it difficult to fit. The brace looked good, but I can't say I noticed a big difference in handling with it. Obviously, YMMV.
  4. If yours will never see inclement weather, you should conisder Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. I migrated to those last year, when Michelin began phasing out Pilot Super Sports in favor of them. Not as aggressive as your brother-in-law's Sport Cup 2 tires, but an excellent choice for the type of service you describe.
  5. Probably late to your need, but I second the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+ recommendation. Haven't run them on my Shelby, since it sits in storage during inclement weather, but they're phenomenol on my wife's BMW. If I needed A/S tires on the Shelby, they would be MPSAS3+.
  6. I was not eagerly awaiting the new GT500, because I prefer the S197 chassis over the S550. (See #5 on the list of reasons you love '13'-'14 GT500s.) I agree that Ford took too long and set the price too high. They should have rolled it out in 2017, as a 50th Anniversary Edition. As for pricing, no one will touch a fully-optioned (i.e., "Golden Ticket") specimen for its $107K MSRP. Instead, price gouging dealers will ADM them beyond the cost of a fully-optioned ZR1 and into exotic territory. I disgree that the extra weight means slower 0-60MPH. The DCT, 3.73 gears, more rubber on the road, and Ford's propaganda all point to 0-60MPH times at least as fast as the "13-'14 MYs'. I agree with all five of the reasons you listed for your love '13'-'14 GT500s, with following caveats... First, we don't yet know the 2020 engine's potential for modification, and they're starting 100HP higher than the "13-'14 MYs. I'm not sure how that means the 5.8L "can be modded for more HP"? In addition to 'verts, '13-'14 MY GT500 coupes were also available with Glass Roofs which were the most rare option. There were 808 'verts & 643 Glass Roofs in the '13 MY; and 914 verts & 636 Glass Roofs in the '14 MY. The C8 looks like a great car, but I'm not really interested in it either - see #3 and #5 on the list of reasons you love '13'-'14 GT500s.
  7. +1. S550 styling, no stick and only two pedals, and price are all reasons the 2020 is of no interest to me.
  8. I agree with all those who predicted little impact from the 2020. Entry price is too high and, for many of us, the new one is not a suitable substitute for the S197 chassis. The '13/'14 MYs came with 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper and 5-year/60,000-mile Powertrain Warranty coverages. While warranty may play into some price variances, I doubt it's a major factor. There was no precipitous drop in prices (last year for '13s or this year for '14s) but, rather a continued slow decline. There are plenty of unmolested garage queens for which I wouldn't think twice about warranty coverage. (At the "45-50+ grand range," I assume the ones you're considering fall into the unmolested garage queen category.)
  9. Thanks. Site currently won't load for me but, unless something's changed, the sample report I saw was for an older vehicle. I'm interested in seeing one for 2013/2014 MY since, as mentioned previously, reports on older vehicles contain a lot more information than the new ones.
  10. Having bought a (previously available) Deluxe Marti Report for my car, I agree with @twobjshelbys. I found their web site lacking and the report underwhelming. With that in mind, does anyone have an actual "Personal Statistics Report" they can post? I'd like to see how detailed the stats really are before throwing more money at one of them...
  11. Depreciation is a sad fact of life, when it comes to cars so, the longer you wait, the lower prices will go for at least the next decade. (At the same time, finding low mile, unmolested specimens will become harder and harder.) Being a 2013 owner, I'm biased, but I think the '13 and '14 MYs will hold value better than others for several reasons. First, they're the last S197 chassis GT500s, and the S550s just don't do it for some of us. Second, they will no longer be the most powerful Mustangs ever created, but their title as the fastest is in no danger. Third, the new one offers no option for those of us who demand a manual transmission. Finally, '13 was the last year Carroll Shelby had anything to do with providing vision for the car. I've had good luck locating vehicles with AutoTrader and Cars.com. Make sure you know what to look for, and more importantly, what to avoid in these cars. Good luck!
  12. Miles are high for the car. (There are a lot of low mileage specimens available.) Price is high for the miles. Your "Interests" mention Super Snake, while your question simply says GT500. I don't mean to insult, but want to ensure you understand 2014 GT500s were produced in Michigan, by Ford, under license from Shelby. 2014 Super Snakes started their lives as "basic" GT500s (with sticker prices ranging from ~$55K to ~$70K), but underwent conversion by Shelby American (or one of their licensed dealers) turning them into Super Snakes (with package prices starting around $45K, making the original cost of a "real" Super Snake over $100K). Upgrades include performance, handling, and cosmetics. A "real" Super Snake should have a CSM number (in addition to a VIN) and extensive documentation from Shelby. If it doesn't have a CSM (easily confirmed through Shelby American), it's NOT a Super Snake. At $42K, I'm sure the car you're considering is not a Super Snake. All of that said, the list of potential issues is long but, as with any used vehicle, depends entirely on how the car was treated. These cars are sturdy but, if they've been ridden hard and put away wet, save your money and look for another one. Things I'd look at include: inside and outside cleanliness (dirty/tired = improper routine maintenance), stock or upgraded intake (upgraded = possible hard use), stock or upgraded throttle body (upgraded = possible hard use), stock or upgraded supercharger pulley (upgraded = possible hard use), stock or upgraded supercharger (upgraded = possible hard use), stock or upgraded lower pulley (upgraded = possible hard use), stock or upgraded exhaust (upgraded = possible hard use), stock or upgraded rear gears (upgraded = possible hard use and probable gear whine), condition of the oil, brake fluid, and coolant (dirty/tired = improper routine maintenance), type/size/condition of tires (upsized and/or heavily worn = possible hard use), and condition of clutch (worn/slipping = probable hard use). If intake, throttle body, pulleys and/or supercharger are upgraded, car has probably been tuned (tuned = possible hard use and potential warranty issues). If it's been tuned, you'll want the handheld tuner used to do it and the name of the shop that developed the tune. Good luck!
  13. Just over a month until the Spring Detail Clinic at Adam's HQ... ALL years, makes, and models are welcome! Get your rides ready for the upcoming car season. Clinics usually last a couple of hours, but everyone is welcome to come when they can and free to leave when they must. Unless you decide to buy something, attendance is FREE - just show up, socialize, and learn!
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