June 27, 2022


Beyond Automotive

SEEING DOUBLE IN LAS VEGAS: Two 1999 Shelby Series 1 Convertibles Ready To Cross The Block

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SEEING DOUBLE IN LAS VEGAS: Two 1999 Shelby Series 1 Convertibles Ready To Cross The Block

Written by Nicole Ellan James

When you listen to the name &#8220Carroll Shelby,&#8221 Mustangs and Cobras normally come to intellect. For super lovers, images of the Daytona Coupe or GT40 may well be conjured up, or most likely one of the Chrysler vehicles he labored with like the Shelby Charger. Arguably the most elusive Shelby branded cars, however, are the kinds he produced late in his vocation — the Shelby Sequence 1.

Carroll Shelby only manufactured 249 Sequence 1 vehicles for the 1999 design calendar year. Each auto is constructed on an extruded aluminum chassis with a 130-pound carbon fiber and fiberglass laminate entire body. 1 striking design characteristic was the air tunnel that pulled cooling air through the grille and out the center of the hood. The full weight of the bundle is a sports-motor vehicle-trim 2,650 pounds.

Powered by an Oldsmobile Aurora 4.-liter V8 and mated to a 6-pace guide transaxle from a Corvette, these “lightweights” were being designed with pace in mind. Handling was exceptional many thanks to the double-wishbone suspension applying adjustable coilover shocks. With 320 horsepower obtainable, the Series 1 strike 60 mph in 4.4-seconds, but relaxation confident, Shelby pushed for additional.

Of the 249 developed, only 30 autos which includes car or truck No. 09 (Lot #721) and motor vehicle No. 54 (Good deal #699), were instantly returned to Shelby American in Las Vegas to receive a $22,000 Vortech supercharger up grade. Together with the supercharger, Shelby American also upgraded the automobiles with a heavy-duty clutch. These adjustments increased the horsepower to 500 at the rear wheels and allowed the supercharged Shelby Series 1s to hit 60 mph from a standstill in a tick over 3 seconds.

Whole lot #721 &#8211 automobile No. 09, which is promoting with No Reserve at the approaching Las Vegas auction has a two-owner heritage and 950 precise miles. The lower manufacturing quantity presents it additional enchantment. All of the paperwork has been preserved from the time of deposit through the shipping, like documents associated to the supercharger installation by Shelby American.

Both equally Sequence 1s are completed in Centennial Silver with Maroon stripes and Ton #699 &#8211 car or truck No. 54 (above and at ideal), also marketing with No Reserve in Las Vegas, features charcoal and gray leather-based interior with a serialized sprint plaque and Monsoon radio. Its black canvas prime folds neatly into a flip-up rear cowling that curves together the inside seats.

No. 54 rolls on 3-piece 18-inch 5-spoke wheels with Shelby centre caps, wrapped with Goodyear Eagle F1 Super-Vehicle tires.

Great deal #699 &#8211 motor vehicle No. 54 has 1,820 miles and was featured at The Quail vehicle display in Monterey, California, Goodguys Auto Displays, and Carroll Shelby&#8217s Tribute ideal immediately after his loss of life in June 2012.

Initial documents additionally letters from Shelby to the original consumer, Shelby Registry documents, a Carroll Shelby autographed photograph of the vehicle, the Snake Little bit book, a Series 1 motor vehicle include, and his-and-hers matching Collection 1 leather jackets are integrated in the sale of motor vehicle No. 54.

Each individual of these 1999 Shelby Collection 1 convertibles will knowledge a homecoming when they return to their birth town of Las Vegas and cross the block throughout the 2022 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction, June 30 – July 2, at the West Corridor of the Las Vegas Conference Center.

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