Racing stripes cost $10,000 on the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
Published on: Monday, October 07, 2019
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Seriously? Stripes that cost $10,000?! Are they worth it?

Want to inflate the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500’s over $70,000 base price by 14 percent with only one option? Buy the optional painted-on racing stripes, of course! They cost $10,000, which seems, um, decadent for a non-performance-enhancing feature on a pony car’s option sheet.

But wait, you might be asking: What’s the going rate for factory-applied stripes these days? The GT500’s option sheet provides insight by way of its available stick-on vinyl stripes, which run $1,000. On the less powerful GT350, those same vinyl stripes cost $495. Curious what the 1000 percent markup for the GT500’s painted-on versions was all about, we reached out to Ford for clarification.

Apparently, the stripes are hand painted onto GT500s so ordered. Per a company spokesperson, the stripe job is “hand-prepped, painted, and then clear-coated.” He adds that “Due to the specialized nature of the process, [Ford has] a very limited production capacity.” Indeed.

Even though we’ve yet to experience these hand-painted stripes firsthand, we can say that stripe aficionados shouldn’t dismiss their $10,000 price out of hand. Being integral with the car’s paint job, the stripes shouldn’t peel or start to come off, as those cheaper vinyl ones did on 2017 Mustang Shelby GT350 test car. (The decals began forming bubbles beneath their surfaces and peeling up at their edges after less than a year.)

Granted, that car lived in salty, harsh Michigan—but so does the Ford Motor Company. Our point, besides still feeling salty over our GT350’s failed stripes? Get the painted-on stripes if you seek racing-stripe object permanence. 

They’re available in the same colors as the vinyl pieces: black, blue, or white. –PopularMechanics


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