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Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), has announced that the serial #1 2012 model year Shelby GT350 wide body convertible will cross the block at this year’s Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction, taking place from September 26 – 28. The blue with white stripes wide body muscle car is slated to be auctioned before an international audience on Saturday, Sept. 28 (Lot #750). Shelby American will display some of its latest high performance vehicles during the event, and will offer rides to the public in the Shelby Focus ST, supercharged GTS and Shelby GT350 as a part of Ford Motor Company’s Hot Lap ride experience.

“The Shelby GT350 is among the world’s most collectible modern muscle cars,” said John Luft, president of Shelby American. “Historically, the first car per model year was built for Carroll Shelby’s personal collection. He was especially keen to own a convertible built during Shelby American’s 50th anniversary. This very special Shelby GT350 wide body is set to cross the block in our hometown during Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas. So we’re giving someone the chance to own this special piece of American history, just months before production of the legendary Shelby GT350 will end.”



The modern Shelby GT350 is light, nimble and powerful. Beginning with the “small block” 5.0 liter Ford Mustang GT as its base, every aspect of the car is enhanced or replaced to create a balanced performance pony car true to the spirit of the 1960’s era GT350.

For the 2012 model year, power options include a normally aspirated and two supercharged versions. A short throw shifter, one piece drive shaft, more powerful brakes, cooling enhancements and interior and exterior styling upgrades are also options. For the first time since 1970, Shelby American offered a convertible option and the Shelby GT350 scheduled for Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas is a 624 HP supercharged drop top with equipment such as massive Shelby brakes all around and the upgraded interior.

“We carefully documented the build of this car,” said Shelby American Vice President of Production Gary Davis. “Carroll was very excited about the new wide body option, so that was included on this car. It’s the first 2012 GT350 serial number from our anniversary year. It is a very special car.”

Orders are still being taken for all 2012 - 2014 model year Shelby American GT350’s through the end of 2013; As of January 1, 2014, this chapter of Shelby American history will close. Production will continue on all existing models, including the Shelby GTS, GT500 Super Snake, Shelby 1000, Shelby Raptor muscle truck and hot hatch Shelby Focus ST.

Build Your Dream Shelby here - Customers interested in a Shelby GT350 can also contact the Shelby American sales department at (702) 942-7325 or go to www.shelbyamerican.com.

About Shelby American, Inc. and Carroll Shelby Licensing
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 and 289 street car component vehicles; it offers the Shelby 1000, GT350, GT500 Super Snake and GTS post-title packages for the current generation Ford Mustang. Shelby American also builds the Shelby Raptor muscle truck and Shelby Focus ST hot hatch. For more information, visit www.shelbyamerican.com. Shelby American is a division of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI.PK). Carroll Shelby Licensing Inc., also a wholly owned division, is the exclusive holder of Carroll Shelby's trademarks and vehicle design rights. It also holds trademark rights for Shelby-branded apparel, accessories and collectibles. Information is at www.shelbylicensing.com.

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This brings up a few questions. It implies that since it is #1 it was built for Carroll's personal collection. Is that true for this particular car? Was this car finished in 2012 and the wide body was recently added or was it just recently built?


I think the first public showing of the wide body was on the tribute car that was shown at Monterey and other locations after Carroll's death. I assumed the wide body was developed specifically for that car and then became a production option. When did the wide body development actually begin? Did Carroll actually see a car with the wide body, did he just see the concept or was he just aware that the wide body was coming?

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With people like Davis and Jackson involved in this hyperster, answers you will probably not get, at least the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. They sell hyperbole and dreams, reality, not so much.

I agree with that. I was hoping someone from SAI would provide some clarification, since the questions go right to John Luft and Gary Davis quotes. I'm not sure who wrote the text in the original post, SAI or BJ.

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As best I can discern by the description, all previous first production cars were assigned to CS and were frequently auctioned for charity by B-J in Arizona. This one was not as CS had passed away or was in too poor condition at the time to sign any owner papers. It is not a CS owned car but it is the first production car, not a prototype model.

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Who cares? It will sell for whatever the person who is most enamored with this car is willing to pay over what the second most enamored guy is willing to pay. That's the essence of an auction.


There have been so many shady stories on so many Shelby's at this point, its hard to know what is accurate these days. I want to trust Shelby American with their charity cars though. If the car is number 1, what else needs to be proven? 20 years from now, having CSM #1 will speak louder than anything else, period.


In a related story, as many of you know, I had the very first 624 R tune built. And then one day, suddenly I did not.


(I wrote a 3 paragraph explanation of "my story", but removed it. Its too polarizing, and all that is important now is that I have a Shelby that has almost zero special significance, and I couldn't be happier about it.)

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You do wonder what it will sell for, since this is not a charity auction, the sales price should reflect just what someone thinks this car is worth.

I sure wish that were the case, but most of the people that CAN afford a collector car are so friggin tight, they won't bid on it for less than a bargain. I see the exact same mentality at charity silent auctions as well. I was at a scholarship event last weekend and noticed they had a Johnny Manziel Autographed photo, (from the series of photos he got in trouble for) and although im not an A&M guy, Johnny is from my home area of Texas, so I 450.00 on, and I was the only one that bid. I got a call Monday from the guy running it, told me I won, because someone came in behind me and bid 452.00. I appreciated his honesty, so I made an extra contribution of 100.00 because the bids should have been in 50.00 increments. I thought that was the right thing to do, but clearly someone else thought different.

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The car went for $137,500. Pretty good price, but I bet if CS actually had the first title to it, it would have been much more.

Hammer price $125,000

Final with fees, $137,500

Agreed, if the title had CS name on it rather than SA it would have been higher.

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