Auto Shows Shelby American Launches Dragon Snake Concept at 2019 SEMA Show
True Survivor 1967 Shelby GT500 Is A Window Into The Past
There’s something special about this Nightmist Blue 1967 Shelby GT500 fastback - it was tossed into storage from 1967 until 2005! In 1967, a small run of 2,048 Shelby GT500s were produced, and according to a Marti report, only 8 like this exact example were ever built. This striking GT500 was only three years old when it was put into storage somewhere in Alabama, effectively preserving what rolled off the original Ford dealers lot. This incredible (true) survivor remained untouched until 2005, when it was woken from its sleep to get a complete rehabilitation.
Just Wait Until You See What Shelby Does With the 2020 GT500
Debuting in Ford's main inside display area atis Shelby American's latest concept vehicle, the 2020 Ford Shelby GT500 Dragon Snake. If the Dragon Snake name sounds familiar to you, it should. The Dragonsnake name was used in the 1960s (all one word back then) when Shelby American offered a drag-racing version of its Shelby Cobra model. Given the new Ford Shelby GT500's dual-clutch transmission and stout 5.2L engine, Shelby American reimagined Ford's new Mustang supercar for that same mission.
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Later in the SEMA week, Shelby American plans to introduce a second concept vehicle at its annual SEMA VIP party at the Shelby Heritage Center. This second concept, based on Ford's best-selling F-150 pickup truck, is called the Shelby Super Snake Sport F-150 concept and was built in response to enthusiast requests for a scorching-fast street truck.
"Our research and development team continually pushes the 'bleeding edge' of performance," said Gary Patterson, president of Shelby American. "These two concepts are an exploration of new capabilities, new technologies and potential new models. We optimized each vehicle for a specific task by leveraging new, innovative ideas. Now we're seeking feedback from enthusiasts about the pair, including their thoughts on potential production."
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The Shelby team's design for the Dragon Snake adds more power to the car (800+ hp is the number being tossed around), revises the suspension for maximum grip and straight-line acceleration for drag-racing prowess, lightens the car, retunes the DCT transmission, and modifies the bodywork, including unique wheels. A widebody option, popular with past and present Super Snake Mustang builds, is also being considered. In addition to the engine tune, Shelby American added high-flow catalytic converters, new lightweight glasswork, and other innovations to ensure it ends up in the winner's circle of any drag race it enters.
The Super Snake Sport F-150 is based on the two-door truck model and harkens back to the muscle-car era of the 1960s with plenty of power to take on all comers. The two vehicles were designed, engineered and built at Shelby American in Las Vegas. The Dragon Snake will be on display throughout SEMA week in the Ford display in the Central Hall, while the Super Snake Sport F-150 can be seen at the Shelby American Heritage Center at 6405 Ensworth Street in Las Vegas.
"While our current four-door Shelby trucks are extremely popular, hardcore fans dreamed of a two-door in the spirit of the great 1960s muscle cars," Patterson said. "After an event where we were besieged with those requests, Vince LaViolette and I began penciling out a Shelby Super Snake Sport over dinner. We took that idea to trusted partners, suppliers, enthusiasts, and team members to collaborate on the design and content. The Shelby Super Snake Sport F-150 is that vision come to life as a concept vehicle."
Rare Mustang! 1968 Shelby GT500 Prototype .
Craig Jackson has restored what is likely the rarest Shelby Mustang of all, this 1968 Shelby GT500 Lime Gold prototype.The legend of this Lime Gold 1968 coupe begins at the Ford Dearborn plant in late 1967 when it was pulled aside for prototyping. After Ford engineers modified the body with lights and badging for the California Special, it was sent to Shelby American. There it was designated EXP-500 and fitted with a 428-inch Cobra Jet engine, C6 transmission, independent rear suspension, EFI, and a wide assortment of body panel, lighting, and badging specific to the Shelby GT programs.
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