LAS VEGAS – April 10, 2019 – Prepared in collaboration with Goodyear to validate a new line of Goodyear tires, the one-and-done 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake is now on display at the Shelby Heritage Center in Las Vegas. This Shelby sold for a staggering $2.2 million at auction in January, making a record for the most expensive Mustang ever sold at auction. The car will join CSX2000, the first Shelby Cobra, during a special extended display through April 30, 2019.
“In a year in which the world will celebrate the anniversaries of the first Moon landing and Woodstock, the one and only 1967 Shelby Super Snake was an engineering achievement that, in its time, irrevocably was as much a pop culture star as any car,” said Joe Conway, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Shelby American. “That same spirit of innovation and thirst for more drives Shelby American today.”
CSX2000, the first Shelby Cobra, was the birth of Shelby American with its entirely new line of sports cars. The only 1967 Shelby Super Snake was the genesis for the first Ford Mustang-based muscle cars that Shelby American currently manufactures in Nevada. At a time when the 2019 Super Snake is available 800+ horsepower, few remember that the Mustang topped out at just 271 horsepower with the HiPo K-Code option in 1965 and 1966.
“Until Carroll Shelby and his team became fully involved with the Mustang program, horsepower and razor sharp handling had taken a backseat to accessible performance so Ford could expedite delivery of the car onto showroom floors,” said Gary Patterson, Shelby American president. “And while Shelby’s initial effort, the GT350, significantly upped the horsepower ante, it was the GT500 Super Snake with its race spec 427 under the hood, that shook the pavement and rattled history.”
In constructing the Shelby Super Snake, the company commissioned a 427 cubic-inch racing V8 built to the same spec as Ford’s Le Mans-winning GT40 MkII; it received an upgraded transmission and rear end. Upon completion, the Super Snake was track tested for 500 miles, where it reached speeds of 170 miles per hour. The Goodyear tires and the Shelby both held, validating the tires while adding another chapter in the legend that was Carroll Shelby.
As part of a Canadian collection for the last several years, the Shelby GT500 Super Snake has rarely been seen. To celebrate its arrival at the Shelby Heritage Center, the Larry Miller family agreed to leave Shelby Cobra CSX2000 on display through the end of April in Las Vegas. Their generosity gives enthusiasts an opportunity to see the two important pieces of American automotive history together for the first time. The 1967 Super Snake will be displayed for six months inside the same facility where Shelby’s latest Super Snake cars are built.
“The work of Carroll Shelby and his team in the 1960s continues to influence everything we do today at Shelby American,” said Vince LaViolette, Shelby American Vice President of Operations and Head of Development. “While ‘iconic’ is overused, there’s no better way to describe Carroll’s achievement when creating the Super Snake. Displaying it with the first Shelby Cobra will be as motivational for our team as it will be for the public. This pair of cars will both challenge us and remind us each day that performance is our business.”
The Shelby American Heritage Center features many examples of key vehicles built by the company over the past 57 years. It displays Shelby’s ranging from 1960s based cars through the Series 1 and contemporary versions of the Mustangs manufactured since 2006. These include the latetest versions of the Super Snake, Shelby GT and Shelby 1000 Shelby Mustangs, as well as performance trucks like the Shelby Super Snake Ford F-150.
The Shelby American facility is at 6405 Ensworth Street in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.shelby.com.
LOS ANGELES – Jan. 9, 2019 – To meet the tremendous demand for classic car expertise, the Original Venice Crew (OVC) has formed a “dream team” and begun accepting a limited number of heritage Ford performance vehicles for restoration, repair and upgrades. The all-star members of OVC, who build the official continuation 1965 Ford Shelby G.T.350 Competition Model, were involved with many of the world’s greatest sports and competition vehicles in the 1960s including Shelby Cobras, Ford GT40s and Shelby Mustangs.
“Over the past year, many discerning collectors and enthusiasts have approached us to maintain and restore their performance car,” said Jim Marietta, CEO of OVC. “It is becoming very difficult to source the knowledge, talent and parts necessary to maintain these special vehicles. Since Ted and I were at Shelby American when many of these cars were introduced during the 1960s, they were anxious to secure our services. So we’ve begun accepting a limited number of these special machines. This makes OVC perfect for people who really care about authenticity, reliability and most of all, winning”
In addition to gaining access to the talents of the OVC team, Marietta has created an unprecedented team of experts who are available for collaboration on projects:
The roots for OVC date back to a reunion when former Shelby American employees Peter Brock, Jim Marietta and Ted Sutton decided to create a one-off 1965 Ford Shelby G.T.350 Competition model car. All three worked on many key projects at Carroll Shelby’s Princeton Drive facility in 1965, including the first Competition Model, (“R-Model” Shelby GT350, 5R002). Brock designed key features for the continuation car when Marietta and Sutton formed the “Original Venice Crew” in 2014.
“In addition to playing a key role in creating the first competition model, Ted Sutton installed the first 427 into a Shelby Cobra when he worked at Shelby American in the 1960s,” said Marietta. “He also helped create the prototype Daytona Coupe and Sunbeam Tiger.”
With the OVC team’s tremendous experience, they agreed to offer completion services to those purchasing a continuation Shelby Cobra, Daytona Coupe or GT40 from Shelby Legendary Cars.
“We did not set out to become the ultimate Shelby Speed Shop,” said Sutton. “But since that announcement with Shelby Legendary Cars, we’ve quietly accepted a handful of special projects from the many inquires that poured in. In addition to offering expertise on heritage performance cars, we’ve also supplied parts and consulting for installation of our proprietary, authentic IRS system.”
OVC will limit the number of special projects it accepts as it is still in full production for the 1965 Ford Shelby G.T.350 Competition model cars. These cars are assembled at the Shelby facility in Southern California, just as Carroll Shelby and the racers did in 1965.
Each OVC-built Shelby GT350 Competition Model begins with the same “K Code” Mustang that was the basis for the cars in 1965. The car bodies are fully reconditioned and built to American “competition” specs. Customers can choose between the traditional 9-inch fixed rear end or independent rear suspension. All feature an engine supplied by the Carroll Shelby Engine Company that is coupled to a period correct 4-speed transmission and authentic Shelby shifter. Customers can also choose between an FIA model and Bondurant edition car, as well as the standard model.
OVC has licenses from Carroll Shelby Licensing and Ford Motor Company to build a run of 36 of the continuation 1965 Ford Shelby G.T.350 Competition Model cars. OVC is the only company with this dual authority.
The sports cars receive an OVC/Shelby serial number. Documentation is submitted to the Shelby American Automobile Club Registry, as well as the official Shelby American Registry administered by Carroll Shelby International.
Those interested in a Shelby or for restoration services from OVC can call (714) 305-8578. Additional information is available at www.ovcmustangs.com.
Las Vegas – August 17, 2018 – The iconic Shelby GT, one of the most important cars in Shelby American’s history, has returned for the 2019 model year. Executives with Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), will introduce both fastback and convertible models of the sports car to the public at 11 am on Saturday, August 18, 2018, inside Ford Motor Company’s “Mustang Alley” during the Woodward Dream Cruise. The Shelby GT will be available through select dealers in North America and mod shops worldwide.
“Launched for the 2007 model year, the first generation Shelby GT is one of the most popular vehicles in our history,” said Joe Conway, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Shelby American. “Available through North American Ford showrooms, it delivered sizzling performance in a refined car that could be driven every day. We’re returning this iconic pony car to dealerships for the 2019 model year. We are pleased to once again unveil this newest version alongside our close friends at Ford Motor Company during the Woodward Dream Cruise.”
Like the first generation cars, the 2019 Shelby GT combines terrific handling with strong V8 power, a muscular exhaust note and handsome good looks. The naturally aspirated version derives its additional horsepower and torque from the new exhaust system. Shelby worked with Ford Performance to tailor the suspension and maximize the car’s capabilities without sacrificing ride quality. The exterior features proprietary bodywork and stylish new wheels, while Shelby touches can be found inside the interior. Every Shelby GT will receive a Shelby serial number and be included in the official Shelby Registry.
The Shelby GT can be ordered as a fastback or convertible in any color available from Ford. Drivetrain options include a 6-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic transmission. The naturally aspirated car will have an estimated 480 horsepower. A Ford Performance supercharger that can be added to boost output to 700+ horsepower will be available later upon emission certification. Including the base Ford Mustang GT, the car will start at $61,345.
“The 2019 Shelby GT exudes serious sex appeal,” said Gary Patterson, Shelby American president. “We designed a gorgeous car to make any drive an adventure with thrilling performance and dynamic handling. The Shelby GT can gobble up miles on a road trip or rip up the corners on the track. It is equally fun cruising to the beach or to the office. Plus, this is the only naturally aspirated V8 Shelby car that can be optioned in convertible and with an automatic transmission. Enthusiasts will love to drive it all day, every day.”
The 2019 model year Shelby GT can trace its roots to the 2006 and 2007 Shelby GT-H rental cars. That is why an optional Shelby GT-H, or “Heritage” version is available in either black or white with gold stripes and optional gold wheels. This trim level celebrates the inspiration for the Shelby GT with additional suspension upgrades and a unique front fascia.
The roster of companies who collaborated with Shelby is impressive. The exhaust was created with Borla while Ford Performance was deeply involved in the development of the suspension.
“The hunger by owners to personalize the first generation Shelby GT led to the formation of our Shelby Performance Parts division in 2007,” said Vince LaViolette, Shelby American Vice President of Operations and Head of Development. “So while our team was creating the 2019 Shelby GT, we wanted to offer a lengthy list of parts that empowered owners to customize their car. They can make the Shelby a canyon carver, a grand tourer, boulevard bruiser or a track king. This is truly the most versatile car in the current Shelby lineup.”
The day after the two cars are unveiled at the Woodward Dream Cruise, the Shelby GT fastback and convertible will be displayed at the Mustang Memories car show at Ford Headquarters. The pair will be parked next to the 2018 Shelby Super Snake, a Shelby F-150 truck, a widebody Shelby GT350 and other current production cars from Shelby American.
Shelby American will build the Shelby GT in its Las Vegas facility for distribution through select Ford dealers in North America. Affiliated mod shops and dealers will offer the car in Europe, the Middle East, South Africa, Australia and Asia. Dealers and mod shops worldwide will begin taking orders for the Shelby GT on August 20, 2018. To learn more visit www.Shelby.com or talk with a Shelby sales representative by calling (702) 942-7325 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. MST.
Founded by legend Carroll Shelby, Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), manufactures and markets performance vehicles and related products. The company builds authentic continuation Cobras, including the 427 S/C, 289 FIA, 289 street car, Daytona Coupe and Shelby Series 2 component vehicles; it offers the Shelby GT, 1000, Super Snake, and GT post-title packages for the 2005-2019 Ford Mustang. Shelby American also offers the Shelby Raptor, Shelby F-150 Super Snake and Shelby F-150 trucks. Heritage cars include the continuation 1965 Shelby GT350 competition model, 1967 Ford Shelby Super Snake and 1968 Ford Shelby GT500KR.
DEARBORN, Mich., - August 17, 2018 – Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction Company, Shell and Pennzoil today announced during the annual Woodward Dream Cruise in Michigan that Shelby American’s 1967 Shelby GT500 EXP prototype nicknamed Little Red was located and verified on March 3, 2018. The team who discovered Little Red was led by Jackson and classic car restoration specialist Jason Billups, and consisted of leading experts who located the vehicle in rural North Texas, where it has been stored by the same owner for more than two decades. The discovery of Little Red, which was largely presumed destroyed after years of searching, is considered one of the most significant finds in American car collector history.
“Finding Little Red is the discovery of a lifetime,” said Jackson. “This Shelby prototype has been one of the most sought-after and elusive vehicles in postwar history. Countless enthusiasts and experts have searched for Little Red since it went missing in the 1960s. Many believed it was destroyed when the car was no longer needed. I’m excited to announce that was not the case. We’ve found Little Red and we intend to meticulously restore this legendary car back to its original glory.”
Dubbed “Little Red,” the big-block Shelby notchback coupe was one of a pair of “experimental” cars created by Ford Motor Company and Shelby American. It was a pivotal developmental car with a variety of ideas put into play, from a restyled body to adding a Paxton supercharger to the big-block engine. Under the direction of Lee Iacocca, the car eventually became the model for Ford’s popular 1968 Mustang California Special before it was moved to storage and presumably lost.
The idea to look for Little Red began during the restoration of the other legendary Shelby prototype coupe, named the Green Hornet. Little Red and the Green Hornet were the only notchback coupes ever produced to wear the Shelby nameplate. Craig Jackson and Billups discussed what the chances might be of finding the fabled 1967 Shelby Experimental Coupe. Billups felt it was a mystery worth investigating, and the team began their search.
“Locating Little Red was tantamount to finding the proverbial needle in a haystack,” said Billups. “After our initial research we realized that, like others before us, we were using the wrong search criteria. Everyone looked for Little Red using the Shelby serial number, which would eventually lead to a dead end. We took a different approach and located the car’s original Ford VIN number, which wasn’t easily discoverable. That VIN led us to its original registration and eventually to its last owner.”
After initial contact with the owner via social media in February, Billups and Little Red’s owner agreed to meet in Dallas, Texas. On March 3, 2018, Billups, along with automotive journalist Al Rogers and Ford Mustang and Shelby specialist Todd Hollar, were given access to the Texas property where Little Red spent the last 20 years.
When the team discovered the vehicle in March, it was identified as the original missing experimental car with the assistance of renowned Ford Mustang expert Kevin Marti. The team also verified its authenticity using cross references, serial numbers, date codes and other confidential documents proving the vehicle was, in fact, the missing Shelby prototype, Little Red.
“March 3rd will be forever etched in the history books,” said Rogers. “Walking up to Little Red was like being on hallowed ground. This car was long thought by the experts to be forever lost to history. Even the owner was not aware that his vehicle was Shelby American’s iconic 1967 Shelby Experimental Coupe. We can’t be more excited to have been a part of Craig Jackson’s team and have the chance to bring this important car back to its original glory. We’re especially honored to be a part of Little Red’s restoration over the next several months, which will be carefully documented and shared with Shelby, Mustang and Ford enthusiasts around the world.”
Little Red was stored in outdoor conditions for nearly two decades. As a result, the restoration of Little Red will be one of the most meticulous projects in American car collector history. The restoration will be fully documented on www.ShelbyPrototypeCoupes.com and include photos, videos and a robust content storyboard that will detail each step of the rebuild.
Shell and Pennzoil are helping support, in part, the documentation of Little Red’s restoration journey. “As brands that have been part of American and worldwide automotive history for more than 100 years, we understand the importance of heritage. So, with that in mind, we’re thrilled to join Craig Jackson and his team on this historic journey to return Little Red to its original glory,” said Mark Henry, brand and communications manager, Shell Lubricants. “This will be one of the greatest stories of automotive history ever told, and we look forward to having a role in making it come alive for generations to come.”
To further document Little Red’s history, the public can submit personal accounts, stories and photos that feature Little Red. This will be the first time that a collector car vehicle will be substantiated in part, using a crowdsourcing initiative on www.ShelbyPrototypeCoupes.com.
IRVINE, Calif. – June 28, 2018 – Shelby Legendary Cars, the official distributor of authentic 1960’s Shelby continuation Cobras, Daytona Coupes and GT40s, has announced a newly-formed alliance with the Original Venice Crew, the Gardena, California-based team building a limited series of Shelby GT350 Competition Models. This agreement will make the classic sports cars available to a new global audience of auto enthusiasts as the famous “Shelby Cobra Caravan” from 1965 is reborn.
With the agreement, Shelby Legendary Cars will offer the OVCs Shelby GT350 cars from its Irvine, California showroom. The Original Venice Crew will install powertrains for customers of Shelby Legendary’s continuation Cobras.
“We could not be more fired-up by our relationship with Original Venice Crew,” said Lance Stander, CEO of Shelby Legendary Cars. “We’ve been extremely proud to offer Carroll Shelby’s iconic Cobra and GT40 based motorcars. By adding the OVC Shelby GT350 to our showroom, our motorsport menu is that much more visceral. Whether you recall this historic era, or simply want to recapture that time and place in your garage, the addition of OVC’s Mustang completes the historic picture, while significantly expanding our offering of cars.”
With the agreement, Shelby Legendary Cars will assume the retail sale of OVC Shelby Mustangs in its Irvine, California, showroom. At the same time, the Original Venice Crew will undertake the installation of drivetrains in those continuation Cobras sold by Shelby Legendary Cars. OVC is well-versed in Cobra construction. Team members were part of the Shelby operation in 1965, when development of the original 427 Cobra was completed. Ted Sutton, one of the founding members of the OVC, was an integral part of the team putting the big block Ford on the track and – subsequently – into Shelby showrooms.
“The original Cobra Caravan, which Carroll launched to commemorate the Manufacturer’s Championship win in 1965, included a GT40, Daytona Coupe, Cobra and Shelby Mustang,” said Jim Marietta, CEO of Original Venice Crew. “With the addition of our Shelby GT350 comp model to the Shelby Legendary Cars showroom, the Caravan, so to speak, is again complete. And we couldn’t be happier in our involvement with the continuation Cobras.”
Shelby Legendary Cars currently offers Shelby Cobras, Daytona Coupes and GT40s, all of which feature continuation CSX serial numbers and are registered in the Official Shelby Register. Lance Stander is the company’s CEO, while Deborah Stander serves as its CFO.
The Original Venice Crew began production of a limited series of 1965 Shelby GT350s in the fall of 2017. OVC is comprised of former Shelby American employees Jim Marietta, Ted Sutton and Peter Brock. Production begins with the same 1965 K-Code Mustang, equipped with a 289 V-8 and Borg Warner 4-speed, that served as the basis for the Shelby GT350 that year.
About Shelby Legendary Cars
Shelby Legendary Cars continues the heritage of Shelby American’s world famous 1960’s Cobras, Coupes and GT40’s. The company is keeping the Shelby flame alive with licensed vehicles that include a documented Shelby serial number, just as though production never ended. The current vehicle lineup includes the nimble small block Shelby Cobra roadster in both street and racing (FIA) configurations, the mighty big block Cobra roadster, the world champion Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe and the Le Man-winning GT40. Each one honors the 1960s era cars with authentic chassis, bodies and powertrain options. Additional information is at www.shelbylegendarycars.com or www.Superformance.com or by calling (800) 297-6253.
About the Original Venice Crew
Founded by Jim Marietta, the Original Venice Crew (OVC) is the only company authorized by both Carroll Shelby Licensing and Ford Motor Company to build continuation Ford Shelby G.T.350 Competition Models with the optional independent rear suspension and Shelby series serial number. Founded and operated by three of the people who built the first Shelby G.T. 350 Competition Model (5R002) over 50 years ago, the company will manufacture just 36 of these new “Competition Model” 1965 cars in the Shelby facility in Southern California. Each car has production versions of aerodynamic and design enhancements by Peter Brock. These new enhancements were not integrated into cars during in 1964/5 due to cost considerations and market timing pressures. Documentation of the cars will be submitted to the Shelby American Automobile Club Registry and Shelby American Registry administered by Carroll Shelby International. Additional information is at www.ovcmustangs.com.
GARDENA, Calif. – May 17, 2018 – Nineteen years after the Shelby Series 1 was introduced, Shelby American, Inc., has reentered the modern sports car arena with the sizzling new Shelby Series 2 roadster. Beginning in June 2018, four of the handcrafted, limited edition sports cars will be available per year as a component roller configured for the Carroll Shelby Engine Company 427 aluminum FE big block or Windsor small block coupled to a custom designed ZF 5 speed transaxle.
“Carroll Shelby’s first ‘clean sheet’ car, was the Shelby Series 1,” said Joe Conway, CEO of Shelby American. “Carroll always intended for that innovative chassis to be the first in a line of modern sports cars, which is why he called it the Series 1. The new Shelby Series 2 is the evolution of that minimalist car, offering breathtaking performance in a modern two seat roadster.”
The Series 2 story began with a dream in the 1990s. Carroll Shelby had built many vehicles in partnership with several companies based on a chassis or design from those carmakers. Around 1996, he decided to produce a car that was pure Shelby.
Though it was a fresh design, the Shelby Series 1’s front engine, rear wheel drive layout was fairly traditional. The styling was lauded for being both sporty and aggressively handsome because it melded “big roadster” proportions with a variety of classic cues.
Crafted of lightweight composite materials, the Shelby Series 1 only weighed about 2850 pounds, including its well-appointed leather trimmed interior, top and air conditioning. The all-aluminum monocoque chassis was then, and is still, one of the stiffest chassis in the world, with the engine mounted aft of the front suspension for a nearly perfect 49/51 weight balance. The naturally aspirated Aurora 4.0-liter DOHC V-8 engine was rated at 320 horsepower connected to a rear mounted 5-speed manual transaxle; a supercharged option increased horsepower to about 460. A total of 249 were built.
The new Shelby Series 2 emerged through a unique agreement between Shelby and Wingard Motorsports to create a handful of cars with the choice of an aluminum, carbon fiber or one of the first titanium car bodies. Wingard can finish out the roller for customers, too.
“Several years ago, Wingard Motorsports purchased the remaining Shelby Series 1 chassis and parts,” said Gary Patterson, Shelby American President. “Working with Shelby, founder Bob Wingard revised the car to reduce weight by maximizing the integration of billeted aluminum and carbon fiber components. He further refined the suspension, braking and drivetrain to allow an increase of more than twice the horsepower of the original car. The Series 2 is now more than 12% lighter and will support over 800 horsepower.”
The Shelby Series 2 is built on the original aluminum honeycomb monocoque frames with next generation hardware. It uses an inboard cantilevered suspension design for the front and rear, which minimizes the sprung wheel weight. Penske Shocks fine-tuned the suspension at their facility in Charlotte. The car has a big brake system with 6-piston calipers on all corners and custom 19” mono block performance wheels with Pilot Cup 2 tires.
Standard drivetrain configuration is for a 5 speed ZF transaxle torque tube coupled to a multi-disc clutch system mated to a Carroll Shelby Engine Company 427 FE or 427 Windsor motor. Other engine options can be supported, as well as multi-point seat belts and 4 or 6 point roll bars. However, the Shelby Series 2 will not come with cup holders.
Each commissioned Series 2 will be a unique and “one-of-one.” Custom interiors designed to accommodate most drivers with an incredible six inches of peddle adjustment will include carbon fiber Carroll Shelby signature seats. Aluminum bodies will be available in a brushed, polished or painted finish with the Shelby signature racing stripes.
“While the Shelby Series 2 is based on the first-generation car, it’s a significant leap forward,” said Patterson. “It blends old school craftsmanship and current technology, pushing the roadster into super car territory. It is the perfect car for collectors and enthusiasts globally who want the ultimate in exclusivity and to be completely engaged with the driving experience.”
The Shelby Series 2 includes a one-year warranty for parts and labor, as well as painted finishes. Shelby will offer a weekend training session at Spring Mountain Raceway near Las Vegas to new owners who want to maximize their driving enjoyment.
Each car will be built to order and bear a Shelby American CSX5500 series serial number that will be recorded in the official Shelby American Registry. For more information, visit www.Shelby.com.
IRVINE, Calif. – March 20, 2018 – Shelby Legendary Cars, the official licensed builder of authentic 1960’s Shelby continuation Cobras, Daytona Coupes and GT40’s, announced today that the company has moved to a new location in Irvine, California, that features a larger showroom and customer reception area. The new California location, which is located near Shelby Legendary Cars’s original headquarters, reflects the company’s national expansion efforts to meet growing demand for Shelby heritage cars.
“This is an exciting new chapter in Shelby history,” said Lance Stander, CEO of Shelby Legendary Cars. “Our team takes immense pride in being entrusted with Carroll Shelby’s legacy through our continuation Cobras, Daytona Coupes and GT40s. Our new location validates that the cars we’re building are aligned with the Shelby brand and its rich heritage. Of course, this is as much an opportunity to reflect on our successes, as it is to continue our mission to bring enthusiasts and fans a genuine Shelby experience.”
The new Shelby Legendary Cars is located at 1 Whatney in Irvine, California, only a few miles from the company’s first location. The new building, which is over 50 percent larger than the original, features a bigger showroom and customer service area. Guests can view a variety of Shelby vehicles on display, as well as work with a company representative to build the continuation car of their dreams.
“We not only want to build the very best continuation Shelby vehicles, but provide a wonderful buying and ownership experience,” said Deborah Stander, president of Shelby Legendary Cars. “In addition to our new California headquarters, we opened a second location in Mesa, Arizona, in October 2017. We’re also in the early stages of procuring a location on the East Coast. These new locations are allowing us to keep up with the growing demand for our cars, as well as provide a customer experience worthy of the Shelby brand.”
Shelby Legendary Cars currently offers genuine Shelby Cobras, Daytona Coupes and GT40s that feature continuation CSX serial numbers and are registered in the Official Shelby Registry. Earlier this year, the company announced a limited run of Bob Bondurant edition Shelby FIA Cobra roadsters and Daytona Coupes. Each will bear a CSX2000 series serial number and will be supplied as a turnkey, minus the engine and transmission. Those who purchase one of these continuation cars will enjoy a day of training at the Bondurant Racing School in Arizona. Over 500,000 students have learned from Bondurant’s expertise since it opened on February 14, 1968.
Legendary Shelby Cars continues the heritage of Shelby American’s world famous 1960’s Cobras, Daytona Coupes and GT40’s. The company is keeping the Shelby flame alive with licensed vehicles that include a documented Shelby serial number, just as though production never ended. The current vehicle lineup includes the nimble small block Shelby Cobra roadster in both street and racing (FIA) configurations, the mighty big block Cobra roadster, the world champion Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe and the Le Man-winning Ford GT40. Each one honors the 1960s era cars with authentic chassis, bodies and powertrain options.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Jan. 9, 2018 – Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson today announced details of the company’s 2018 charitable initiative, “Driven Hearts.” The yearlong multifaceted campaign, which will help raise money and much needed awareness, will benefit the American Heart Association (AHA), kicks off at the 2018 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction January 13-21, 2018, at WestWorld of Scottsdale.
“A number of our treasured friends in the collector car community have passed away recently as a result of heart issues, including two men very close to Barrett-Jackson,” said Craig Jackson. “Both of these men exemplified the philanthropic spirit of car collectors and contributed much to Barrett-Jackson’s charitable efforts on the auction block. In honor of all our loved ones affected by heart disease, we are committed to supporting the American Heart Association’s efforts by helping raise money, bring awareness and promote heart health.”
Driven Hearts will take many forms at Barrett-Jackson events throughout 2018, including the auction of a very special 1988 Chevrolet 35th Anniversary Edition Corvette at the 2018 Scottsdale Auction. The car was once gifted on the auction block to Craig and Nellie Jackson by Dave Ressler, a noted Corvette enthusiast. The sale will not only honor Ressler’s memory, but will benefit the AHA for a cause that can save others’ lives.
“Barrett-Jackson has long been known for its charitable contributions and corporate culture,” said Barrett-Jackson President Steve Davis. “It’s something that separates Barrett-Jackson from everyone else in the industry. We’ve created an incredible platform to do really great things for very good causes like the American Heart Association, which can help so many people who are close to us. There’s nothing more fulfilling than that.”
The announcement also debuted the first state-issued Barrett-Jackson themed license plate through the Arizona Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division (ADOT-MVD). The six-character license plates, available for purchase at www.servicearizona.com or in person at any MVD office, will cost $25, with $17 from each plate sold benefiting the AHA. ADOT representatives will also be on-site during the 2018 Scottsdale Auction so guests can purchase plates throughout the nine-day event. Each plate is also customizable for an additional $25 annual fee.
Additional aspects of the Driven Hearts initiative include Barrett-Jackson’s partnership with Hotels for Hope, which enables fans traveling to Barrett-Jackson events to book rooms through Barrett-Jackson.com, with a portion of every actualized hotel room night booked going to the AHA. Barrett-Jackson drivers will also be sporting the “Driven Hearts” logo on their shirts, and auction attendees will notice the acronym “FAST” (Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 911) around the Barrett-Jackson event sites, as a way of bringing attention to the warning signs of stroke.
“Heart disease and stroke are the world’s No. 1 and No. 2 killers, and the generous support of Barrett-Jackson through their Driven Hearts campaign is making a big difference in our work to fight these devastating illnesses,” said American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown. “From educating people about the importance of heart healthy lifestyles to raising awareness about the warning signs of heart attack and stroke, the American Heart Association is honored to work together with Barrett-Jackson to create a healthier future for everyone.”
“To watch the automotive community come together and see the impact it has on lives is the most fulfilling part of what we do,” said Barrett-Jackson Vice President of Brand Strategy Carolyn Jackson. “It’s so profoundly rewarding to be able to participate in so many very special moments that take place on our auction block. We’re excited to embark on this Driven Hearts campaign, and we hope others will come along for this important ride.”
The 2018 Scottsdale Auction docket is now available to view online. Click here to consign a vehicle or visit Barrett-Jackson.com/Bid for information on becoming a bidder. Advance tickets, all-week ticket packages and information on VIP Packages are available at Barrett-Jackson.com. Also, follow Barrett-Jackson on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for the latest news and information heading into the 2018 Scottsdale Auction.
About The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company
Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®, is the leader in collector car and automotive lifestyle events, which include authentic automobilia auctions and the sale of high-profile estates and private collections. The company produces auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona; Palm Beach, Florida; at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut; and Las Vegas, Nevada. With broadcast partners Velocity and Discovery Channel, Barrett-Jackson features extensive live television coverage, including broadcasts in over 150 countries internationally. Barrett-Jackson also endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance for collector vehicles and other valued belongings. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit Barrett-Jackson.com or call (480) 421-6694.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
LAS VEGAS – Jan. 1, 2018 – Shelby American and Shelby Legendary Cars will offer a limited number of Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupes and FIA roadsters honoring world champion driver Bob Bondurant. The continuation series will be introduced at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, from Jan. 12-21, 2018. Based on Cobras raced by Bob Bondurant, only 50 total cars will be built and each will bear a CSX2000 Shelby serial number. Owners of the new Shelby Cobra roadsters and Daytona’s will also receive driver training at the Bondurant Racing School.
“The small block Shelby Cobra roadsters and Daytona Coupes crushed Ferrari to win the FIA sportscar world championship in 1965,” said Gary Patterson, president of Shelby American. “That achievement has never been matched by another American carmaker. This glorious history is one of the many reasons that Shelby still offers the iconic Cobra’s and Daytona’s today. Our Cobras are extremely fast, very engaging to drive and retain classic good looks that still turn heads fifty years after winning it all. Given their rarity, the Shelby’s offer instant collectability.”
Carroll Shelby planned to race the Cobra from the beginning. Powered by a small block Ford engine, the cars dominated sports car racing from 1963-1966. The competition model versions were piloted by legends including Dan Gurney, Phil Hill, Dave MacDonald, Ken Miles, Allen Grant and of course, Bob Bondurant.
“Bob Bondurant was a fierce competitor in just about every form of road racing, winning in cars from Shelby American, Ferrari, Chevrolet and many other top sports car companies,” said Lance Stander, CEO of Shelby Legendary Cars. “He was one of the first and most successful Shelby American drivers during the 1960s. Bob helped America win its first and only FIA Sports Car World Championship and we felt it appropriate to honor that important achievement as he prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his world-famous driving school.”
In 1963, Bondurant joined Carroll Shelby’s racing team for the final three races of the season. He won all of them in a 289 Cobra roadster including the LA Times Grand Prix pre-race; he could not qualify in time for the grid, so he started last and still came in 8th overall against the prototypes. Bob then went to Europe in 1964 to win the GT class at Le Mans with teammate Dan Gurney in a Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe. He drove both Shelby Cobra roadsters and Daytona Coupes during 1965, winning seven out of ten total FIA World Championship races. His incredible feat secured the FIA GT Championship title for Ford and Shelby.
“I’m very proud to have been behind the wheel when we won the FIA World Championship on July 4, 1965,” said Bob Bondurant. “That victory was for everyone in America. I loved driving any version of the Shelby Cobra, from taking a roadster up a tough hill climb to hitting close to 200 mph in a Coupe on one of the high-speed tracks. The Shelby American team was incredible as they made the Shelby Cobra a dominating racecar.”
The Bondurant edition Shelby FIA Cobras roadsters and Daytona Coupes will bear a CSX2000 series serial number and will be supplied as a turn key car, minus the engine and transmission.
The FIA Shelby Cobra continuation roadster is based on CSX2345, which competed in seven FIA events, more than any other convertible. CSX2345 had five first-place wins and is the only Cobra to compete in both the 1964 and 1965 racing seasons in Europe; it was also the only roadster on the team in 1965.
The tribute Cobra roadsters include a laid-back windscreen, driver’s door knee-pad, high beam activation switch, diagonal roll bar and country of origin plaque. Available in aluminum and fiberglass, specifications include:
The Bondurant edition Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupes are historically-accurate continuations with leaf spring suspensions, tube frames, and thin wooden-rimmed steering wheels. They also feature modernized disc brakes, aluminum bodies, updated and strengthened frames and a racing interior.
Shelby will offer the Cobras in liveries used by Bondurant during his racing career. Owners can choose between:
The Bondurant edition Shelby 289 FIA Cobra roadster in fiberglass will start at US$149,995.00 and the aluminum version will begin at $249,995. A roadster set up to HTTP FIA specifications and for track use only starts at $289,995. The aluminum Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe will start at $394,995. Each will be built to order and delivered with a Shelby American serial number for documentation in the Shelby American Worldwide Registry. Orders are now being accepted. For more information, visit www.shelby.com, www.Shelbylegendarycars.com or www.HillbankUSA.com.
Those who purchase one of these continuation cars will enjoy a day of training at the Bondurant Racing School in Arizona. Over 500,000 students have learned from Bondurant’s expertise since it opened on February 14, 1968.
Dec 25, 2017 To the Shelby Cobra Association of Texas — A heartfelt thanks to the members of the Shelby Cobra Association of Texas for their participation in this year's annual Children's Hospital Toy Drive. For the past 15 years, the members load up their late-model and vintage Shelby Mustangs and Cobras to deliver toys for those patients who cannot make it home for Christmas.
This year, we had 30 cars proceed through the streets of Plano, and they donated in excess of $5,000 worth of gifts to be distributed throughout the Children's Hospital system. A fun time was had by all who came out and the patients who came down to view the cars and festivities. This is what the Christmas season is truly about.
Here’s your chance to win a rare Shelby GT350R – Ford’s “pony car on steroids!” This Shelby GT350R, in stunning Lightning Blue, is loaded with all the performance features including the R-model electronics package. With 526 hp and 429 ft-lb of torque, it’s equipped to perform spectacularly at the track, while surrounding you in the luxury you want for your next road trip. Performance features include:
Production of the Shelby GT350R Mustang is very limited – it’s nearly impossible to get a new R-model. Don't miss your chance to win this beautiful, modern muscle car. Enter today! Make a donation to the Shelby American Collection and you will be automatically entered into the drawing for a chance to win this car. This drawing contest is a fundraiser to support the Shelby American Collection car museum in Boulder, Colorado, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit . Our museum is dedicated to preserving the racing history and achievements of Carroll Shelby and the Shelby American Team. We are a volunteer organization and hope you will stop in to experience the museum next time you’re in Boulder!
ESSEN, GERMANY – December 1, 2017 – Executives with Shelby American Inc., and Carroll Shelby Licensing at the Essen Motor Show in Germany announced that new Shelby vehicles and licensed merchandise are now on sale through an independent European dealer network. The network of GU Auto Trade dealers for Shelby American vehicles is taking orders and the Team Shelby enthusiast club announced its intention to conduct a major European event in 2018. Carroll Shelby Licensing also revealed that the dealers will each open a Carroll Shelby’s Store in their locations to offer licensed merchandise in Europe. “We recently announced an agreement with GU Auto Trade to expand the Shelby brand throughout Europe,” said Joe Conway, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Shelby American. “In just a few months, that agreement has moved from paperwork to a network of European dealers who are stocking our vehicles, parts and merchandise. We’re keeping our promise to the enthusiasts in Europe who hunger for genuine American high performance.” Under the arrangement, current model Shelby cars and merchandise will be available through 18 dealers in 15 countries. The dealerships are taking orders and beginning to stock Shelby cars based on the Ford Mustang including the Shelby Super Snake and Shelby GTE. The 750 (flywheel) horsepower Shelby F-150 and Shelby F150 Super Snake truck, as well as the 525 (flywheel) horsepower Shelby Raptor will also be sold through dealer showrooms. All are on display as part of the first Shelby Essen exhibit in history. “Our independent dealers are already stocking Shelby vehicles in their showrooms and are adding official Carroll Shelby’s Stores inside their locations,” said Lili Gu, president of GU Auto Trade. “They will also actively support all Team Shelby club events in their regions. We will bring the exciting culture of high-octane American fun to the streets of Europe.” GU Auto Trade dealers are in countries including Germany, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Norway, the United Kingdom and Russia. “We worked closely with GU Auto Trade to create official gear tailored to European tastes, but with a uniquely Shelby style,” said Neil Cummings, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Carroll Shelby Licensing. “Our team also helped them design new retail locations inside the dealerships unlike anything on the continent. These stores will deliver a premium experience equal to the special Shelby vehicles being sold alongside official merchandise.” Heritage vehicles including the Shelby Cobra roadster, Shelby Daytona Coupe and GT40, as well as the 1965 Shelby GT350R model built by the Original Venice Crew, will be available through the dealer network via special order. “Shelby has deep roots in Europe, dating back to when my grandfather won Le Mans as a driver in 1959,” said Aaron Shelby, board member of Carroll Shelby International. “He returned as a manufacturer to win America’s only FIA World sports car championship with the Cobra roadster and coupe in 1965. Shelby American won Le Mans with the Ford GT40 in 1966 and 1967. These cars are fan favorites at events like the Le Mans Classic, which is why we continue to offer the Shelby Cobra, Daytona Coupe and GT40 today alongside the current model vehicles.” The Le Mans Classic will be one of the cornerstones of the Team Shelby European tour in 2018. “Our enthusiast community, Team Shelby, has been steadily building around the world over the past ten years,” said Tracey Smith, Executive Vice President of Shelby International and International Director of Team Shelby. “We’re planning many events with our regional directors in Europe throughout 2018. Our most ambitious will be a 10-day tour that begins in Paris, travels to the Le Mans Classic and then ends at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The new dealer network has committed to supporting the club with events and activities during the tour.” For more information about Shelby American and the company’s vehicle line, visit www.Shelby.com; for more information about the European dealer network, visit http://shelby.eu.
2017 CS Foundation Holiday Ornament
While awaiting a heart transplant in 1990, Carroll Shelby sadly noted many children who needed the same life-saving operation. Shelby vowed to help them in their race for life upon his recovery. In 1991, he kept his promise by creating the Shelby Heart Fund.
The Foundation has evolved over the years, expanding its mission to help young people. Celebrate the roots of the Carroll Shelby Foundation with this stunning heart shaped ornament. One side has the CS Foundation logo while the other wears Carroll's favorite racing number, "98".
Proceeds from the sale of this collectible holiday ornament will benefit the many kids supported by the charity. Available through the Carroll Shelby Foundation for just $20, it will warm your soul throughout the year.
LAS VEGAS – Oct. 21, 2017 – Barrett-Jackson raised a shattering $1 million for Las Vegas first responders during its 10th Annual Las Vegas Auction, held Oct. 19-21, 2017, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. At the heart of this year’s Auction was the sale of five charity vehicles, including a rare 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake owned by Barrett-Jackson president Steve Davis that sold for $1 million that will benefit Las Vegas first responders through the Injured Police Officers Fund. “Barrett-Jackson helps thousands, but inspires millions,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “The legacy of our company is rooted in giving back to the community and we’ve helped raise over $95 million in charity donations over the years. We’re incredibly honored to have raised $1 million to support the brave men and women of Las Vegas,where we’ve been a major part of the community for the past decade.” Barrett-Jackson sold a 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake (Lot #3004) that was originally purchased by Mark Fields, former CEO of Ford. It carries the ultra-low VIN 007, making it one of the first GT500s built since 1970. The car was used by Shelby American while it was owned by Mark Fields as a R&D vehicle in the initial development of the 40th Anniversary Package. “As a former police officer, I understand the incredible heroism that was shown by Las Vegas’ first responders during the recent tragedy,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “This Shelby is an incredibly special car to me and I’m grateful to be part of the Barrett-Jackson family and show that we are all Vegas Strong. We are all America Strong.” The funds raised over the weekend will be managed by the Injured Police Officers Fund. The organization will help reduce the financial burden suffered by first responders, trauma personnel, nurses, police officers and their families in the event of a line of duty injury or death by providing monetary assistance. "DC Solar is proud to be a part of the Las Vegas community,” said Paulette Carpoff, COO of DC Solar, the winning bidder of the 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake. “We want the first responders to know, especially in the wake of the recent tragedy, that we stand with you and we are proud to help however we can." “Our hearts go out to the hundreds of families and friends who were victims in October 1st Las Vegas mass shooting,” said Minddie Lloyd, executive director of the Injured Police Officers Fund. “These were our fellow Nevadans, our friends. Like the rest of the world, we mourn with you.In the face of this tragedy, there was so much courage: From first responders charging into the middle of the chaos to everyday citizens who helped remove and get the wounded to emergency care. We may never fully understand in this life why we face tragedies of sorrow, pain, and suffering; at least over 500 people injured and 58 innocent lives lost. But it is important to know that we trust in our community and Steve Davis and Barrett-Jackson. From The Injured Police Officers Fund please know we will be by your side. Nevada will not fail you.”
September 21, 2017, The Carroll Shelby Foundation recently gave $25,000 to support scholarships for students enrolled in the Carroll Shelby Automotive Technology Program at Northeast Texas Community College. Dr. Jonathan McCullough (left), Vice President for Advancement, scholarship recipients Nathan Humphrey and Jorge Ramirez, and Ron Luellen, Director of the Shelby Auto Tech program, are pictured receiving the donation on behalf of NTCC. Shelby began supporting the NTCC automotive program in 2010. Since his death, the Carroll Shelby Foundation has carried on his legacy through annual contributions. To date, the foundation has provided more than $700,000 in scholarships for NTCC students. The car, pictured above, is a 1968 Shelby GT350H that Shelby himself purchased for the program not long before he passed away. The college restored the vehicle and students enrolled in the Shelby Auto Tech program work to maintain it. “We are so grateful for the support of the Shelby Foundation. Not only to do they provide financial support for students, but they also open doors to unique opportunities for our students and faculty,” McCullough said. To learn more about the Carroll Shelby Automotive Technology Program, visit www.shelbyautotech.com.
September 25, 2017 First there were continuation 289 and 427 Cobras. It’s now the G.T. 350’s turn to take the center stage in the 21st Century. You read that right. Starting in October 2017, the Original Venice Crew (OVC) comprised of former Shelby American employees Jim Marietta, Ted Sutton, and legendary designer Peter Brock, will build 36 “new” 1965 G.T. 350 R-models patterned after the 36 examples built in 1965.The word we got is that the cars will be built using real 1965 Mustang fastbacks as the foundation. This means no reproduction body shells. Whether they will be real Hi-Po 289 K-code cars it still TBD. We’d wager the best donor cars might be a cross section of C-, A- and K-code 289s, but the goal is allegedly to use all K-codes, if possible. But in any case they are going to be super cool to be sure. Top Searches
Pricing for these legit modern-day 1965 G.T. 350s will start at $250,000 and options will include colors and transmissions, but the big choice will be the opportunity to have an independent rear suspension fitted to these OVC G.T. 350s. Solid 9-inch axles will also be available.Not far from where OVC worked at 1042 Princeton Drive in the Venice/Marina del Rey area in 1965, these new cars will be built at the current California Shelby location in Gardena.For now have a look at the video that both Jim Marietta and Peter Brock appear in as they describe some of the details about these upcoming G.T. 350s. Also take a look at the photo gallery that shows the 1965 and 1966 GT350s owned by LASAAC (Los Angeles Shelby American Automobile Club) club members Steve Beck, Joe Risk, and LASAAC club president Greg Barbiera among several other cars in attendance.For more on the OVC G.T. 350s, ovcmustangs.com is the place to learn more about the cars that will surely become instant classics.
LAS VEGAS – Sept. 13, 2017 – Shelby American Inc.,has reintroduced its popular Shelby Raptor, beginning with a limited number of2018 model year trucks that will be available through its North American dealers. With an incredible 610+ foot pounds of torque, the super truck isbased on the newest generation Ford F-150 Raptor. Only 500 total 2018 Shelby Raptors will be available through the dealer network. “At Shelby American, performance has been our business for over 50 years,” said Joe Conway, CEO of Shelby American. “During the past two years,we’ve added several new vehicles to our lineup in direct response to customer demand, including a trio of purpose-built trucks. The Shelby Raptor builds on our rich heritage with trucks, giving enthusiasts even more ways to have high horsepower fun.” Introduced for the 2016 model year, F-150 Raptor is a major departure from the last incarnation of the truck. The stock 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 makes 450 horsepower and 510 foot pounds of torque; it is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The base truck comes with standard all-wheel drive, which features a locking center differential and an auto-shift to the rear wheels depending on the chosen drive mode. “While the Raptor is an amazing truck right from Ford, we reimagined it for those who asked Shelby for an even more extreme version,” said Gary Patterson, Shelby American President. “The Shelby Raptor is harder edged, with more grunt and handling capability. We added adjustable shocks so the driver can even tailor their ride. This truck was designed and tested for those who seek maximum adventure both on and off the road.” The Shelby Raptor has 525+ horsepower and an incredible 610+ foot pounds of torque. Shelby American also installs a new two stage shock system, bigger wheels and tires, upgraded interior and handsome exterior elements. The result is a stylish, custom appearance backed up with serious off-road credentials at an estimated MSRP of US$117,460, including the truck (average Raptor price is $68,165). Those with a 2017 model Raptor can send it to Shelby via a dealer for conversion at $49,295. “Over the past year, we worked with key partners, including Ford Motor Company, to develop a Shelby version of the truck,” said Vince LaViolette, Shelby American Vice President of Operations and Chief Test Driver. “After rigorous testing and development, we built a handful of 2017 versions that quietly hit dealer showrooms. Now we’re ready to offer the truck for the 2018 model year.” Now in production, the Shelby Raptor will be available nationwide with each truck registered in the official Shelby Registry. For more information about Shelby American and the company’s vehicle line, visit www.Shelby.com.