Shelby American to Offer Twenty 50th Anniversary Shelby GT40 MK II to Honor 1-2-3 Sweep of 1966 Le Mans
By Business Wire News
As Ford Motor Company readies the latest generation of the Ford GT to compete at Le Mans, Shelby American, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (OTC Pink:CSBI), will offer a limited run of twenty total 50th Anniversary Shelby GT40 MK II cars to honor this historic racing achievement.
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50th Anniversary Shelby GT40 MK II (Photo: Business Wire)
In the mid-1960s, Henry Ford II turned to Carroll Shelby to help the blue oval capture the international sports car championship including an overall win in the world’s biggest car race, the 24 hours of Le Mans. Beginning with a victory at Daytona in February 1966, Ford and Shelby dominated sports car racing. They combined for a 1-2-3 sweep of the 1966 Le Mans race and then won it the next three straight years.
“Carroll Shelby’s involvement in Ford’s Le Mans program is one of the best-known chapters in our racing history,” said Joe Conway, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Shelby American. “Carroll Shelby shared Henry Ford II’s desire to defeat the house of Enzo on the international stage to earn American automakers worldwide respect. The successful partnership between Shelby and Ford continues and can be seen in every vehicle we build today.”
The Shelby continuation cars are built around the original style steel monocoque unibody chassis and fully independent suspension using unequal length A-arms. Over two-thirds of the parts are interchangeable with the original racecar.
The car also stays true to the original GT40 MK II’s dimensions (163 inches long and 40 inches high) with the same two 10-gallon fuel tanks. Even the cockpit stays true to the original with Smith style gauges and silver riveted seats.
It can be ordered in right or left-hand drive and in 3 different color configurations including black/silver, blue/white or red/white with the original 15 inch Halibrand style pin drive wheels. Other than the introduction of adding the creature comfort of air conditioning, with a big block Ford FE 427 engine installed, the car looks and feels like it just stepped out of Parc Ferme.
“The Shelby GT40 MK II 50th anniversary edition is just the kind of car that Shelby collectors and ‘60s-era race fans appreciate about our legacy and want in their collection,” said Keith Belair, Shelby American Chief Operating Officer.
The 50th Anniversary Shelby GT40 MK II MSRP is $169,995 for a rolling chassis. More information is available at www.Shelby.com or by calling (702) 942-7325.
About Shelby American, Inc.
Founded by legend Carroll Shelby, Shelby American manufactures and markets performance vehicles and related products. The company builds authentic continuation Cobras, including the 427 S/C, 289 FIA, 289 street car and Daytona Coupe component vehicles; it offers the Shelby GT, 1000, GT500 Super Snake, Shelby Terlingua Racing Team and GTS post-title packages for the 2005-2016 Ford Mustang. Shelby American also builds the Shelby Raptor and Shelby F-150 muscle truck. For more information, visit www.shelby.com.
50th Anniversary Shelby GT40 MK II Specifications:
|Standard GT40 Includes|
|Chassis:||Original Style Steel Monocoque Chassis||INC||INC|
|Original Style Suspension||INC||INC|
|Wilwood (4 wheel disc)||INC||INC|
|2 X 10 Gallon Stainless Steel Fuel Tanks||INC||INC|
|Interior:||Original Style Gauges||INC||INC|
|Full Leather Interior||INC||INC|
|Wheels/Tires:||Original Halibrand Style 15″ Pin Drive Wheels||INC||INC|
|15″ Radial Tires||INC||INC|
|Engine:||Period Correct Engine Oil Cooler||INC|
|Included 50th Anniversary Options|
|Number:||Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Chassis Number||INC||INC|
|Mats:||50th Anniversary Floor and Sill Mats||INC||INC|
|Quick Jacks:||Dayglo Red Quicks Jacks||INC||INC|
|Paint:||Period Correct Paint Including Roundels||INC||INC|
|Eyebrows:||Aluminum Door Eyebrows||INC||INC|
|Bonnet:||Front Hood Latch with Cables||INC||INC|
|Deflectors:||Vertical Wind Deflectors||INC||INC|
|Driver Seat:||Modified Seats for Taller Drivers||INC||INC|
|Lighting:||Roundel Lights (Each)||INC||INC|
|Options for 50th Anniversary GT40 Paint Packages|
|Black/Silver:||McLaren/Amon: GT40/1046 Le Mans 1st Place||INC||INC|
|Blue/White:||Miles/Hulme: GT40/1015 Le Mans 2nd Place||INC||INC|
|Red/White:||Gurney/Grant: GT40/1047 Le Mans Raced||INC||INC|
|Available Factory Options:|
|Transcooler:||Transmission Cooler for GT40 MKII||$2,750.00|
|Roll bar||Four Point Bolt in Roll bar||$3,895.00|
|Roll bar||Engine Bay roll bar||$2,150.00|
|Chassis Paint:||Chassis to be painted non-standard color||$1,500.00|
|Shifter:||Shifter Located on Sill (for RHD GT40’s only)||$3,750.00|
|Install Kit:||427FE Install Kit (ZF bracketing)||$3,750.00|
|Exhaust:||Black or Silver Ceramic Coated Exhaust||$1,650.00|
|Available Dealer Options:|
|Avon Tires:||DOT Approved Avon Tires with Historic Tread Design||$2,500.00|