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First Shelby Cobra Could Set Auction Record

Pebble Beach sale could top $11 million.

by on Jul.06, 2016

Carroll Shelby never let go of the first Cobra.

Britain’s AC Cars was already producing its little Cobra model when it shipped a chassis over to the U.S. back in February 1962, modified to take a big American V-8. It was bound for Carroll Shelby, a former Army Air Force pilot, race driver and automotive designer convinced he could beat his European competition at their own game.

Working out of a small shop in Santa Fe Springs, California, Shelby and his team managed to shoehorn in a 260 cubic-inch engine lifted from a Ford Fairlane. It marked the birth of the legendary Shelby Cobra. In the coming years, Shelby would offer two even bigger engines: Ford’s 289 and 427 cubic-inch V-8s. But until his death in 2012, the legendary Texan entrepreneur kept that first Cobra for himself.

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Now, four years after his death at the age of 89, the original Shelby Cobra, chassis number CSX 2000, is going up for auction, and auction house RM Sotheby’s is predicting it could set an all-time record for an American automobile.

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Ford’s New Shelby 350GT Gets Upgrades

New street-legal, track-ready racer hits new performance level.

by on May.06, 2015

Ford stiffens up the new Mustang's body and gives the GT350 a heavily modified 5.2-liter V-8.

Ford’s Global Performance team has been busy churning out new products, like the Focus RS, as well as upgrading the new Shelby GT350 Mustang making it the best performing version of the street racer yet.

“When we started working on this car, we wanted to build the best possible Mustang for the places we most love to drive – challenging back roads with a variety of corners and elevation changes, and at the track on weekends,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development.

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“Every change we made to this car was driven by the functional requirements of a powerful, responsive powerplant – nimble, precise handling and massive stopping power.” (more…)

Shelby GT350 Just a Start, Says Carroll Shelby’s Grandson

A “night-and-day” difference.

by on Nov.18, 2014

Henry "Sonny" Ford III, great-great grandson of Henry Ford, and Aaron Shelby, grandson of the legendary Carroll Shelby, admire the new Shelby GT350 Mustang.

Returning to the suburban Los Angeles garage where racing legend Carroll Shelby kept his personal car collection and tinkered with some legendary performance cars over the years, Ford Motor Co. rolled out the new Shelby GT350 Mustang.

The 500-horsepower brute is the first high-performance niche model to debut since the launch of the all-new, sixth-generation Ford Mustang earlier this year. But don’t expect it to be the last, suggested the grandson of the late legend. And don’t be surprised to see the Shelby name grace more of those future spinoffs.

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“This is exciting to see the first iteration (of the Mustang) since Carroll’s passing,” said Aaron Shelby, referring to the death of his grandfather in May 2012 at the age of 89. (more…)

Shelby Bulks Up Ford’s F-150 Raptor

Bad, badder, baddest.

by on Apr.01, 2013

Shelby American's version of the Ford F-150 Raptor boasts 575 horsepower.

There are just some jobs for which 411 horsepower isn’t enough, it seems.

These days, something in the 400 horsepower range seems positively pedestrian, not much more than you might need for a minivan or econocar. Even some hybrids deliver more power – as long as they’re badged Ferrari or McLaren, anyway. So what’s a self-respecting full-size truck buyer supposed to do? Not a problem.

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A year after the death of its legendary founder Carroll Shelby, his Las Vegas-based tuner firm Shelby American lives on and has brought an assortment of new high-performance products out for the 2013 New York Auto Show – including a special version of the Ford F-150 Raptor.

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Ford Revving Up to Celebrate Mustang’s 50th

But will an all-new pony car mark the upcoming anniversary?

by on Mar.26, 2013

The new Mustang logo marks the countdown to the pony car's golden anniversary.

Ford Motor Co. is saddling up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of that original “pony car,” the Mustang.

And it’s going to get plenty of help, with 50 different companies planning to join in for the celebration by producing a wide range of products meant to commemorate the special occasion, everything from Mustang-emblazoned jackets to watches to videogames.  They’ll use a new black-and-white logo featuring the familiar galloping horse over the words, “50 Years.”

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The Mustang is “a timeless statement,” contends Ford’s Chief Creative Officer J Mays, who oversaw the creation of the new logo – and who is playing a crucial role in the development of the next-generation Mustang expected to come to market sometime next year, closer to the official golden anniversary.

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New Shelby 1000 S/C Set to Shake up Big Apple

At 1,200 hp, modified Mustang charges into Bugatti territory.

by on Mar.25, 2013

Shelby pushes into Bugatti territory with the new 1000 S/C - at barely a 10th the price.

While the legendary Carroll Shelby may be gone, but the Las Vegas-based tuner house he launched some years back is determined to make sure his name lives on, as we’ll see at the New York Auto Show this week.

Just a year ago, Shelby American rocketed out its 950-horsepower Shelby 1000, but apparently that isn’t enough power for some of its fans. So, this year, its heading for New York’s Jacob Javits Center with an updated version of that modified Mustang designed to push into Bugatti Veyron territory.

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Shelby claims its new, $154,995 version will now make a fiery 1,200 horsepower out of its rebuilt 5.8-liter V-8, making it “the world’s most powerful street production muscle car.”

Declares John Luft, the president of Shelby American, “The 2013 Shelby 1000 incorporates everything we’ve learned over five decades of creating high-performance vehicles.”

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Family Settles Dispute Over Carroll Shelby Burial

“We want to get my dad in the ground.”

by on Jul.24, 2012

Swing low, sweet chariot....Carroll Shelby, shown here during his racing days, may soon be buried.

More than two months after his passing, legendary racer and raconteur Carroll Shelby is close to finding his final resting place – or, more accurately, resting places – as his widow and children settle the bitter dispute that had Shelby’s body held in a Dallas morgue since his May death.

The dispute centered around questions about who actually had the final say in the disposition of Shelby’s remains.  His children claimed to have had a signed directive that would have split Shelby’s remains between them and a burial plot in East Texas, where he was born.  Shelby’s sixth wife and widow, in turn, insisted she had power of attorney and that the document used by his three children was a forgery.

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Authorities in Dallas, where Shelby died, had suggested they might consider bringing charges in the case considering the potentially criminal claims being made.  But a settlement appears to sidestep that possibility and allow the one-time chicken farmer to finally be put to rest.  It calls for the body to be cremated and the ashes divided between his four survivors with one additional portion of the remains set aside for the burial plot.

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Family Feuds Over Carroll Shelby’s Remains

Widow, three children claim to hold conflicting documents.

by on Jun.20, 2012

Carroll Shelby with the Mustang that bears his name.

Carroll Shelby was never one to shy away from a good ol’ Texas brawl, but few expected controversy to follow him to the grave.

Yet, more than a month after his death and weeks after a West Coast memorial service that brought celebrities like Jay Leno and scores of Shelby owners out for a celebration of his life’s work, the legendary racer and raconteur’s remains are still being held in a Dallas morgue.

The problem is a family feud pitting his sixth and last wife Cleo Shelby against his three children.  Each side claims to hold documents allowing them to dispose of Carroll Shelby’s body.

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The one-time chicken farmer and Navy flight instructor became a force to be reckoned with, both on and off the track, after leaving military service in World War II.  By 1959 he had won the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race but his career behind the wheel was cut short when an old heart ailment that had left him bedridden as a child returned.

Carroll Shelby with the 40th anniversary edition of the Ford Mustang.

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Carroll Shelby Dead at 89

Among auto legends he was one tall Texan.

by on May.14, 2012

Carroll Shelby with the Mustang that bears his name.

Slow was not part of his vocabulary.  Carroll Shelby operated at one of three speeds: fast, faster, fastest, and even a serious heart ailment failed to keep him down for very long.

The legendary automotive racer and raconteur passed away over the weekend after a lingering illness but, at 89, the tall Texan in the black hat lived far longer than he ever expected to — after getting a new heart and a variety of other transplants occasionally comparing himself to a battered old car.

Though he was many things in his nine decades – from winning racer to pilot to chicken farmer – the son of a Texas mailman was likely best known for lending his name to some of the fastest “pony” cars ever built, transforming the Ford Mustang into an icon of American muscle.

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Mustang Gets World’s Most Powerful Production V-8

More power but more mileage, as well.

by on Apr.27, 2012

The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 will be the first 200 mph American muscle car.

The supercharged 5.8-liter engine in Ford’s newly-updated Shelby GT500 has officially been certified by the Society of Automotive Engineers as the world’s most powerful series production V-8.

The big powerplant, used in Ford’s top-end Mustang, will make 662 horsepower and 631 pound-feet of torque.  That works out to just over 114 horsepower per liter – and it’s enough to propel the pony car to a top speed of 200 miles per hour, putting it into the rarified atmosphere normally reserved for such European exotics as the Ferrari 458 Italia or Lamborghini Aventador.

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But what’s equally impressive, the maker boasts, is the fact that the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 will get 24 mile per gallon on the highway, a 1 mpg boost over the 2012 model, which made “just” 550 horsepower.  The city mileage is up 1 mpg, as well, at 15, with a combined rating of 18 mpg.  That’s enough for Ford to avoid the unwanted gas guzzler premium that often scares potential buyers away.

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