John Taylor first set his eyes on the 2008 Shelby GT 500 on his trip to Phoenix in 2009.
“I rode in it. And, it was kind of addictive,” Taylor stated regarding his first impressions of the car.
Originally from Saint Mary’s in Warren County, Iowa, Taylor moved to Altoona Iowa in 1988. He currently has a 24 year old daughter, 26 year old son and a grandson named Mason who is almost 2 years old.
“I have been interested in cars my whole life,” Taylor stated, “But I haven’t been able to afford one such as this until I was older.”
Taylor first started saving for the down payment on the car in 2009. So far, he has taken the car to a couple of car shows, including the National Mustang Show. The car currently has 7400 miles on it and Taylor mainly drives the car in state, getting 26 to 27 miles per gallon on the interstate in 6th gear.
As for modifications to the car, Taylor tuned the engine, increasing the horsepower to 500 to 550 horsepower. Taylor has also painted the hood, which was originally black, to red and white in order to match the remainder of the vehicle. But most impressively of all, on the dash, the car holds the signature of Carole Shelby, while the plate of the engine is hand signed by the guys who had originally built the engine.
When it comes to detailing the car, Taylor does all the detailing himself.
“The car isn’t driven much, so it’s fairly easy to maintain,” Taylor stated.
Taylor will currently plan to put the car away for the winter, from November to March or April, but once the summer months arrive, Taylor is hoping to be able to enter the car in a couple more car shows this upcoming year.
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