2016 Shelby American Enthusiast Collection
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2016 Shelby American Enthusiast Collection

Every so often, Shelby American liquidates a whole mess of prototypes and show cars. The company calls it the Enthusiast Collection, and it represents an opportunity for diehard fans and collectors to put some unique American muscle in their driveway. This year's array is no less tantalizing than years past. It includes Cobra roadsters, Daytona coupes, Mustangs of varying vintages, and even a couple of Raptors – all of them modified by Carroll Shelby's own people. Scroll on through to see what the snake charmers have in store this time.
50th Anniversary Daytona Coupe CSX - CSX9999
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50th Anniversary Daytona Coupe #50 of 50 / CSX - CSX9999

This polished aluminum continuation Daytona Coupe was built last year in tribute to the 1965 FIA GT championship. The title was locked up half a century ago by Bob Bondurant (he of racing school fame) and Dan Gurney (of the aerodynamic flap), beating the erstwhile dominant Ferrari 250 GTO in its own back yard. This particular model was the last of 50 examples built, and served as a factory demonstrator. It's motivated by a 5.7-liter Ford V8 good for 475 horsepower and mated to a five-speed Tremec manual.

50th Anniversary Daytona Coupe CSX - CSX9998
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50th Anniversary Daytona Coupe #49 of 50 / CSX - CSX9998

This penultimate example of the 50th Anniversary Daytona Coupe was also a factory demonstrator, but was fitted with extra equipment. As you can see, it's decked out in the classic white stripes over blue livery, but it also packs a bigger engine: 6.7 liters of displacement and an eight-stack fuel injection system produce 500 horsepower, mated once again to the Tremec five-speed. It also features air conditioning and power steering, windows, and door locks to make it more comfortable to drive – especially for those who remember the Daytona's hey day in the mid-60s.
50th Anniversary 289 FIA Cobra #50 of 50 CSX - CSX7999
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50th Anniversary 289 FIA Cobra #50 of 50 / CSX - CSX7999

Alongside the 50th anniversary coupes, Shelby American also offered a limited run of 50 continuation 289 Cobra roadsters. The one you see here was the last one built, and was fitted with the more expensive but more desirable polished aluminum bodywork instead of painted metal or fiberglass. The special edition also features wider fenders front and rear, oil cooler scoops, and a new dashboard. Short of buying an original made in the Sixties, this is about as authentic and lust-worthy a Cobra as you're bound to find.
50th Anniversary 289 FIA Cobra CSX - CSX7950
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50th Anniversary 289 FIA Cobra / CSX - CSX7950

Together with the last of the series (pictured in the previous slide), Shelby American is also offering for sale the first of the 50 examples of the 50th anniversary 289 FIA Cobra. This is the one that was featured at the Los Angeles Auto Show and in the company's own collateral, its aluminum bodywork decked out in Viking Blue with white wheels and number circles and a yellow horizontal stripe over the hood.
2012 Shelby 1000 CSM - 12SM0003P
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2012 Shelby 1000 / CSM - 12SM0003P

Shelby American outdid even itself when it came out with the Shelby 1000 back in 2012. The highly modified Mustang packed a 3.6-liter Kenne Bell supercharger to deliver 950 horsepower in street spec, or over 1,100 hp in a track version – eclipsing even the 800-horsepower GT500 Super Snake that came before. It was one of the last projects Carroll Shelby would see finished before his passing that year, and he even took a ride in this particular example – which was also featured in promotional materials for both the company and the David Yurman watch manufacturer that did a line of timepieces with Shelby.
2013 GT500 Super Snake CSM - 13SS0009
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2013 GT500 Super Snake / CSM - 13SS0009

As if the GT500 weren't enough already, Shelby went even further with the Super Snake. Thanks in no small part to a massive 4.0-liter Whipple Supercharger, it produced 850 horsepower. The company built this factory demonstrator to show potential customers just how much faster it was than the existing GT500, and we have no doubt they were left speechless. It features a French racing blue paintjob with black stripes and a Watts link suspension.
2013 Super Snake Wide Body Prototype CSM - 13SS0001P
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2013 Super Snake Wide Body Prototype / CSM - 13SS0001P

In 2013, Shelby made the Super Snake even more desirable with a wide-body kit, and this was the first example to wear it. The result was an even meaner-looking Mustang with the stance to go with its new 5.8-liter supercharged V8 and its 850 horsepower. Aside from appearing in the company's own marketing materials and publications, this vehicle was displayed at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show before gracing the Javitz Center for the New York Auto Show and was then put on display in the Shelby museum.
2011 Shelby Super Snake Need For Speed CSM - 11SS0084
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2011 Shelby Super Snake Need For Speed / CSM - 11SS0084

This one-of-a-kind GT500 Super Snake was built specifically for the Need for Speed video game franchise. It features a unique front fascia and special badging throughout, while the glossy white bodywork contrasts beautifully with the matte black striping and the HRE alloys with their polished rims. Whether you're into video games or not, this is about as special as special editions come.
2007 Shelby GT/SC CSM - 07SGT01C
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2007 Shelby GT/SC / CSM - 07SGT01C

Known around the factory as “Whitey,” this particular Mustang served as the prototype for the first Shelby GT – and was even upgraded to supercharged GT/SC spec. Between 2007 and 2013, it featured at more shows and events than we could count, and served as the very icon of the Shelby Mustang for years. Factory technicians and engineers used it as a test bed to develop new parts for other models as well, meaning that it was well used, but also well cared for.
2007 Shelby GT Prototype CSM - 07SGT02P
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2007 Shelby GT Prototype / CSM - 07SGT02P

If Whitey isn't your thing, Shelby is also offering this black GT prototype with silver stripes. It was the first Mustang to which the company ever fitted a wide body kit, and featured in array of promotional materials for both Ford and Shelby. It was shown at SEMA in 2012 to promote the company's aftermarket body conversions offered for 2005-09 Mustangs. With the white version used as a test mule, this example was displayed in the factory museum at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
2014 Shelby GT/SC CSM - 14SGT0001C
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2014 Shelby GT/SC / CSM - 14SGT0001C

Shelby unveiled its GT/SC concept at the 2013 LA Auto Show, and this was that very show car. It packed a 2.6-liter Whipple supercharger to help it produce 624 horsepower, and was widely featured not only in the company's own materials, but in magazines, television shows, and on auto show stands. It was a fitting candidate, in other words, to help Shelby participate in the Mustang's 50th anniversary celebrations.
2011 Shelby GT350 CSM - 113500002C
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2011 Shelby GT350 / CSM - 113500002C

The NASCAR race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway has gone through a lot of sponsors, like CarsDirect.com, Dodge, and now Kobalt Tools. But the 2010 race was known as the Shelby American, and the eponymous manufacturer located on site provided the pace cars. This was one of two GT350s prepared for the job. It featured a unique front end in addition to the special livery, flashing lights, and all the usual pace-car addenda. Following the race, the vehicle featured at numerous shows and events before being showcased at the factory museum adjacent to the track.
2013 Shelby GT350 Prototype CSM - 133500002P
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2013 Shelby GT350 Prototype / CSM - 133500002P

Shelby built this GT350 prototype to use as a track demonstrator. But in the end, it spent more time in the museum and posing for photo shoots than it did running full out. That leaves it in what looks to be splendid condition, and it comes packed with all the goodies: a 624-horsepower supercharged V8, Wilwood brakes, and an interior decked out with Recaro seats and upgraded gauges.
2000 Hydrogen Powered 427 Cobra CSX - CSX4201
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2000 Hydrogen Powered 427 Cobra / CSX - CSX4201

Back in 2000, Shelby teamed up with the University of California at Riverside to develop a hydrogen-powered Cobra. The result is the vehicle you see here, and now it's up for sale. Unfortunately it's not currently running, but when it was, it topped out at over 140 miles per hour, hitting 60 in four seconds flat and running through the quarter-mile in 12 seconds - but with only water vapors coming out of those side pipes. Eat that, Honda Clarity!
2013 Shelby Raptor Baja 700 CSM - 13SR0001P
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2013 Shelby Raptor Baja 700 / CSM - 13SR0001P

As if the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor weren't menacing enough already, Shelby answered with the still more powerful Baja 700, complete with – you guessed it – 700 horsepower. This was a prototype for that program, fitted with a Rogue Racing suspension and BFGoodrich K02 rubber. It was featured at the LA Auto Show and at the Raptor Run last year in Texas. Where else, after all, would anyone size up the Raptor and determine that is still wasn't big and bad enough?
2013 Shelby Raptor Baja 700 CSM - 13SR0001C
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2013 Shelby Raptor Baja 700 / CSM - 13SR0001C

The truck you see here features all the upgrades encompassed in the Baja 700, but was the very first Raptor that Shelby modified. Decked out in red with white stripes, it announced the company's plans to get into the Raptor game at the New York Auto Show, then appeared at the Detroit Auto Show, and crisscrossed the country towing a Super Snake from one event to another. It's since been resting at the museum in Vegas, but could find a second life in your driveway.


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