By the way, the license plate on Joe Costanzo’s stunning 2010 Shelby GT500 Mustang reads “Grabber,” in case you didn’t notice. That is, if you can take your eyes off its chiseled curves and paint job long enough to read such a statement of the obvious.
Unlike most of the limited number of Shelby GT500s you might see at a local car show, Costanzo decided to forgo the more popular red or black paint jobs and opted instead for Grabber Blue when he bought the car brand new in October of 2009. The color on the coupe is reminiscent of the Grabber Blue used on the 1970 Boss 302 and is the first thing to grab the attention of onlookers.
“People look at the color and say, ‘Wow!’ It’s always a conversation piece,” says the West Des Moines man.
Once you get past the color, there are plenty of other options that catch your attention, too. They include a black interior with racing stripes that matches the exterior (even the shifter ball has racing stripes on it), a more aggressive forward brow nose than other Shelbys, a mesh grille with the signature Shelby snake on the passenger side, a rear spoiler, 19-inch wheels and last, but not least, a revised 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine that pumps 540 horsepower and 510 pound-foot of torque.
“It’s the alpha male of the Mustangs,” says Costanzo. “It has Shelby’s imprint on it.”
He and his wife, Karen, take it for a spin about once a month to the local ice cream shop. To date, it has approximately 1,200 miles on it.
“I call it the ‘DQ’ car,” Costanzo says. “I’ve taken it to a few car shows, but that’s about it.”
Costanzo admits that his prized Shelby GT500 is a “toy,” one which he stores under a cover in his garage.
“You don’t buy this car for its gas mileage, or because it’s cheap, or because you don’t want to stand out,” he says. “You buy this car because it’s a fun car to drive. I’ve had a Viper, a Corvette and other fast cars, but this is the funnest performance car of them all to drive. Ford nailed it on the head when they built this car.”Contact Darren at 953.4822 ext 304 or email@example.com to recommend someone for an upcoming issue of “What’s In Your Garage?”