Carroll Shelby International

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"Shelby American" redirects here. For the NASCAR race that ran with the name in 2010, see Kobalt 400.
Shelby world headquarters, Las Vegas, Nevada

Carroll Shelby International (OTC Pink: CSBI) was formed in 2003 from custom performance vehicle manufacturer Shelby American when, founder and owner, Carroll Shelby took the company public, and additionally forming Shelby Automobiles as a subsidiary from which to continue manufacturing vehicles and parts.[1] In 2009, "Shelby Automobiles" was officially renamed to "Shelby American", bringing back the original company name to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the 427 Cobra and GT350.[2] Carroll Shelby Licensing, Inc. is the second wholly owned subsidiary that forms Carroll Shelby International,[3] which is based at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Clark County, Nevada.

Shelby American manufactures component automobiles, including replicas of the small-block and large-block AC Cobras, the Shelby GT350 and the GT500 Super Snake. Since 2005, Shelby American has released new models each year.

Carroll Shelby International was previously working with Texas-based Unique Performance to create new Mustang-based Shelby cars such as the GT350SR and "Eleanor". On November 1, 2007, Unique Performance was raided by the Farmers Branch Police Department due to VIN irregularities and subsequently declared bankruptcy, which effectively ended the Shelby continuation "Eleanor" production and the relationship.[4]

History

The first AC Cobra, CSX2000, at the Shelby Museum

Shelby American was founded by Carroll Shelby in 1962 to build and market high performance parts and modified cars for individuals. The company was based at Santa Fe Springs, California (1962), Venice, California (1962–1967), Ionia, Michigan (1967–1968), Whittier, California (1986–1998) and Las Vegas, Nevada (since 1998).[5] Some of the automobiles produced by Shelby American were the Ford Mustang-based Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT500. Shelby American also installed the engines of US-market examples of the legendary AC Cobra which was an AC Ace with a Ford V8.

The company was also highly involved with racing, with Shelby cars winning many races and the first title for an American constructor at the World Sportscar Championship in 1965.[2] From 1965 to 1967, Shelby American also provided support to Ford for their successful campaign to win the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans as historically the first American constructor ever with the mid-engined Ford GT40's. With Shelby Daytona, Shelby became one of only three American constructors (along with Ford and Chevrolet) to win a title on the international scene at the FIA World Championships.

Shelby American moved in 1998 to Nevada becoming the first automobile manufacturer in Nevada and began production. The line included:

  • 427 S/C Cobras
  • CSX1000-series Unknown-origin chassis and Aluminum Bodies (of modern production)
  • CSX4000-series Various Manufacturers, Fibreglass and Aluminum bodywork available
  • CSX6000-series Continuation of the CSX4000 Series
  • CSX7000-series 289 FIA Cobra Roadster
  • CSX8000-series 289 Street Car
  • CSX9000-series Cobra "Daytona" Coupe, Released in 2009.

In 2003, the company name was changed to "Carroll Shelby International, Inc." from "Shelby American" and it was taken public. Shelby Automobiles was also created as a subsidiary and manufacturing arm of the new company.[1]

On December 15, 2009, Carroll Shelby International announced in a press release that Shelby Automobiles was being renamed to "Shelby American" in celebration of the 45th anniversary of 427 Cobra and GT350.[2]

Shelby Museum

The Shelby Museum is located on the site. It includes a wide range of Shelby vehicles, from the first Cobra CSX2000 to prototypes of Series 1 and some of the latest creations.[citation needed]

Cobras

COBRA PRODUCTION TOTALS 1962-65
260 Cobras Street Cars 62
Factory Teams Cars (initially 260 engines then updated to 289) 4
Factory Prepared Competition Cars (initially with 260 engines then updated to 289) 1
Independently prepared competition race cars 7
Dragonsnake (initially 260 engines then updated to 289) 1
Total 260 Cobras 75
"Flip-Top" prototype
289 FIA Roadster
1964 Daytona Coupe (CSX2299)
289 USRRC Roadster
427 Competition Roadster, "Ollie the Dragon" (CSX3009)
289 Cobras COBRA PRODUCTION TOTALS 1962-65
Street Cobras 455
Standard Competition 2
Sebring Cobras 3
Le Mans Cobras 10
427 Prototypes 1
427 Prototypes "Flip-Top" 1
FIA Roadsters 5
Daytona Coupes 6
USRRC Roadsters 6
Total Factory Team Cars 29
Factory Prepared Competition Cobras
Standard Competition 2
Le Mans Prototype 1
Le Mans Replica 3
USRRC Roadsters 5
Independently prepared Race Cobras 21
Dragonsnake Cobras 2
COB/COX* Street Cobras 60
COB/COX* Race Cobra 1
Total 289 Cobras 580

Total small block Cobras 655

  • (COB - Cobras for Great Britain)
  • (COX - Cobras for export)
Coil Spring Big Block Cobras COBRA PRODUCTION TOTALS 1962-65
Street Cars 260
Prototype Competition Roadsters 2
Production Competition Roadsters 19
Semi-Competition Roadsters 1
Daytona Super Coupe 1
Chassis Only 3
COB/COX Cobras 32
1965-67 427 & 428 Cobras 348

Total Cobras Built 1,003

Shelby Mustang production totals 1965-70

1965

  • GT 350 515
  • GT 350R 36,
  • GT 350 Drag Cars 9
  • GT 350 Street Prototype 1
  • Competition Prototype GT 350 1

Total 1965 Shelby Mustangs 562

1966

  • GT 350 1,370
  • GT 350H 1,000
  • GT 350 convertibles 6
  • GT 350 Drag Cars 4

Total 1966 Shelby Mustangs 2,380

1967

  • GT 350 Fastback 1,175
  • GT 500 Fastback 2,048
  • GT 500 Coupe (Notchback) "Little Red" 1
  • GT 500 Convertible 1
  • GT 350 Fastback Prototype 1
  • GT 500 Fastback Prototype 1

Total 1967 Shelby GT Mustangs 3,225

1968

  • GT 350 Fastback 1,253
  • GT 350 Convertible 404
  • GT 500 Fastback 1,140
  • GT 500 Convertible 402
  • GT 500KR Fastback 933
  • GT 500KR Convertible 318
  • GT 500 Notchback Prototype "Green Hornet" 1

Total 1968 Ford Shelby Cobra GT Mustangs 4,451

1969 & 1970

  • GT 350 Fastback 935
  • GT 350 Convertible 194
  • GT 500 Fastback 1,536
  • GT 500 Convertible 335
  • GT 350 Hertz Cars 15
  • Prototype Test Cars 3
  • Cars updated to 1970 spec. 789 (estimated)

Total 1969-70 Ford Shelby Cobra GT Mustangs 3,294

Shelby Cars Totals

Shelby Mustangs 13,912

13,912

References

  1. ^ a b "About Us". Shelby American Inc. Retrieved 2010-02-25. 
  2. ^ a b c "Shelby Autos Becomes Shelby American" (Press release). Shelby American Inc. 2009-12-15. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  3. ^ "Carroll Shelby International Inc. - About Us". Carroll Shelby International Inc. 08-10-01. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  4. ^ Johnson, Merritt (2007-11-06). "Unique Performance raided by local police — Autoblog". Autoblog.com. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  5. ^ http://www.allcarindex.com/main-index/car-make-details/United-States-Shelby-2/

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