Yacht Company Plans Ford Shelby GT500 Wagon

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A yacht company has announced that it will convert the Ford Shelby GT500 muscle car into a station wagon. Strand Craft USA says that it will launch the converted vehicle next April, and provided the above rendering of the car.

Newport Beach-based Strand Craft has revealed few details on the model so far, and says that its conversion will retain the 5.8-liter supercharged V-8 engine of a standard Ford Shelby GT500 (pictured below), yet upgraded to produce 850 hp. As a result, Strand Craft expects the GT500 wagon to rocket to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds. "It will be an extremely powerful and fast sport wagon," company president Kurt Strand told us in an email.

Inside, the Ford Shelby GT500 will receive new Recaro seats, a full leather interior treatment -- including leather lining the trunk -- and a new 1000-watt, seven-speaker McIntosh sound system. From the rendering, it's clear the car will also adopt deep-dish black wheels and new oval-shaped exhaust tips. The wagon conversion was designed by company president Strand, whose company normally designs and builds high-priced yachts and boats. He said in an email that he envisions the wagon as an "American dream car" and that he has loved the Ford Mustang ever since he owned a 1979 model.

The Ford Shelby GT500 station wagon will not be built by Strand's company, but rather by a "renowned concept car builder" based in Los Angeles. It's unclear what materials will be used for the new body parts. Strand Craft says that it will offer just one Ford Shelby GT500 station wagon for sale in April 2014. A price has not been disclosed. For reference, a 2014 Ford Shelby GT500 coupe starts at $55,595 after destination, while the convertible model is $60,595.

Converting a high-powered muscle car into a station wagon isn't totally without precedent. Tuner Callaway Cars plans to launch a Corvette shooting break called the AeroWagon next year, which will transform the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray into a station wagon.

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