Shelby Car Stars

American Muscle Used on Foreign Turf

Larry Jewett - August 28, 2013 11:39 AM


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When After Dark Films needed to cast a high performance car for their action thriller, “Getaway” (, they tapped the iconic Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake built by Shelby American. The legendary muscle car will begin to appear on the silver screen with Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez on August 30, when Warner Bros. opens “Getaway” nationwide, thanks to the efforts of Carroll Shelby Licensing Inc.
Two genuine Shelby GT500 Super Snakes were used to make the film. One was driven in scenes filmed on location in Bulgaria while another was tapped for audio recording in Los Angeles. The film’s director and producer, Courtney Solomon, made the decision to use a Shelby.
“Since ’Getaway’ takes place in a foreign country, I felt strongly that we needed the quintessential American muscle car with enough star power to shine with Ethan and Selena,” said Solomon. “With 725 horsepower, amazing capabilities and great looks, the Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake was ideal for this ‘role.’ Our film hasn’t even opened yet, but the tremendous interest in ‘Getaway’ by car enthusiasts is impressive. We look forward to taking audiences on the ride of their lives in the Shelby Super Snake.”
The film is a gritty, heart-pounding thriller in which former race car driver, Brent Magna (Hawke), is pitted against the clock.  Desperately trying to save the life of his kidnapped wife, Brent commandeers a custom Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake, taking it and its unwitting owner (Gomez) on a high-speed race against time, at the command of the mysterious villain holding his wife hostage.
“We were pleased when the filmmakers chose the Shelby GT500 Super Snake for their movie,” said Tracey Smith, president of Carroll Shelby Licensing. “Over the years, Shelby cars have become a pop culture symbol of the American spirit and performance. The majority of Shelbys featured in past films were built in the ‘60s, so we’re thrilled that ‘Getaway’ includes a modern GT500 Super Snake to illustrate how the brand continues to push the boundaries of power and performance today.”
The Super Snake post-title package for the Ford Shelby GT500 pushes the muscle car into the highest realm of performance. The Shelby American team improves the horsepower, braking, handling and styling of the car, turning it into the most capable street legal vehicle in the world. A limited number are built each year. Packages are available for all 2007-2014 Ford Shelby GT500s.