Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2016: 1999 Shelby Series 1 Roadster

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1999 Shelby Series 1 Roadster | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the eleventh in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 23-31 during Barrett-Jackson’s 45th Scottsdale auction.

Indefatigable automotive icon Carroll Shelby dreamed of designing, building and distributing a vehicle to recapture the hearts and imagination of American sports car enthusiasts post the success of the Cobra and other various Shelbys. At age 70, the legendary snake-charmer set out to create a rarefied machine known as the Shelby Series 1 as a modern day update on the Shelby Cobra theme.

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Pick of the Day: 2014 Shelby Cobra

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2014 Shelby Cobra listed on ClassicCars.com

Tonight I’d like to see good old Santa Clause riding around in this beautiful 2014 Shelby Cobra, and I can’t say I’d be mad if he left it at my house. The Cobra is the perfect combination of British styling with American power making it not only our Pick of the Day, but an excellent Santa sleigh even though it doesn’t have a lot of room for gifts, or anywhere to attach his reindeer.

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Replica-car makers rejoice after U.S. relaxes regulations

A Shelby Cobra replica from Superformance, which now will be able to sell turnkey cars | Superformance
A Shelby Cobra replica from Superformance, which now will be able to sell turnkey cars | Superformance

The replica-car industry is celebrating with high-fives all around after the passage of the “Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015,” which loosens federal regulations on builders of vehicles based on those from the past. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1999 Shelby Series 1

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1999 Shelby Series 1

Restless and having been out of the limelight for too long, indefatigable automotive icon Carroll Shelby  dreamed of designing, building and distributing another car to recapture the hearts and imagination of American sports car enthusiasts. The legendary snake-charmer at 70 years old set out to create the vehicular version of the Loch Ness Monster, a rarefied machine known as the Shelby Series 1 as a follow up to his greatest production car, the Shelby Cobra.
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Pick of the Day: 1962 Shelby Cobra

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Shelby Cobra CSX 8000 listed on ClassicCars.com

On January 22, 2011, Carroll Shelby announced the introduction of the Shelby Cobra CSX 8000, a continuation of the original Shelby Cobra. Only 50 were produced and all the cars were committed to and sold within 48 hours of the announcement. The CSX 8000 cars were produced by Shelby American to honor the 50th anniversary of the iconic CSX 2000, the first Shelby Cobra ever built.

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Ultra-rare Shelby Cobra 289 Dragonsnake heading to auction

The restored 1965 Shelby Cobra  Dragonsnake has just 19,000 miles on its odometer | Worldwide Auctions photos
The restored 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 Dragonsnake has just 19,000 miles on its odometer | Worldwide Auctions photos

Only four Shelby Cobra 289 Dragonsnakes were ever built, destined for drag strips where they showed the same winning ways in a straight line that they had already shown on twisting road courses.

Cobra number CSX2472 was one of them, originally planned as a Shelby race team car but instead built to the unique specifications of a private owner in 1965. The fire-breathing Dragonsnake is indeed a rare high-performance Cobra and it goes to auction September 5 during Worldwide Auctioneers’ eighth annual sale at the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Automobile Museum complex in Auburn, Indiana. Continue reading

Supercars star at Russo and Steele in Newport Beach

The Porsche Carrera GT on the block at the Newport Beach auction | Russo and Steele
The Porsche Carrera GT on the block at the Newport Beach auction | Russo and Steele

Three modern supercars from three different continents led the bidding at Russo and Steele’s third annual Newport Beach auction, which reported a 71 percent jump in total sales compared with year-ago figures.

In preliminary results, the auction reported sales of $7.2 million, which is $3 million more than the total for the 2014 event. Continue reading

Shelby Cobra Daytonas to reunite at Goodwood Revival

A Shelby Cobra Daytona on the Goodwood Circuit against a Cobra roadster with hardtop | Goodwood Revival
A Shelby Cobra Daytona on the Goodwood Circuit against a Cobra roadster with hardtop | Goodwood Revival

All six Shelby Cobra Daytona coupes, the groundbreaking aerodynamic race cars designed by Peter Brock for high top speeds at Le Mans, will be brought together, apparently for the first time, during the Goodwood Revival in September. Continue reading

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Shelby GT350 Mustang

Stirling Moss’ Shelby GT350 Mustang on the track | Bob Heathcote /Mazda Raceway
Stirling Moss’ Shelby GT350 Mustang on the track | Bob Heathcote /Mazda Raceway

Carroll Shelby’s performance skill was already well-known to Ford when the automaker asked him to work his magic on its new sporty compact, the Mustang, to make the car formidable in competition.

So just one year after the Mustang’s debut, the 1965 Shelby GT350 roared onto the scene, immediately racking up successes in SCCA road-racing events and winning three consecutive national championships. The GT350 also became known for its unbridled power and handling on back roads for those drivers lucky enough to obtain one.

The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic Shelby-enhanced performance coupe as the featured marque for the vintage racing events held August 13-16, 2015, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

The immediate success of the Shelby GT350 helped catapult the entire Mustang program onto the worldwide stage.”

“The immediate success of the Shelby GT350 helped catapult the entire Mustang program onto the worldwide stage through its pure performance and reliability,” said Gill Campbell, chief executive and general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “We are also adding a special 1965-1972 Shelby GT350 Mustang race group to the schedule as a way to further highlight the marque.”

Ford Motor Company is adding to the celebration with a paddock display showcasing the history of the GT350, its racing successes and the cars that made it famous.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be able to share one of the most iconic performance Mustang nameplates – the Shelby GT350 Mustang – with all of the Shelby enthusiasts and race fans at next year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion,” said Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president of global marketing, sales and service.

The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, one of the world’s premier historic racing events, takes place during the world-famous Monterey Classic Car Week. A total of 550 historic and period-correct cars are accepted to compete in 15 different race groups, which serve as a racing museum springing to life, as authentic cars that go as far back as the early days of motorsports compete in gentlemanly races on the challenging circuit.

Tickets to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion go on sale December 3. For more information, see www.mazdaraceway.com/rolex.