Legendary American automotive designer and entrepreneur Carroll Shelby left behind a long-lasting legacy spanning several decades, resulting in several performance-oriented vehicles bearing his name in some form or another. The 1999 Shelby Series 1 roadster happens to be one of his lesser-known creations, but it is perhaps the most significant of his illustrious career. The Series 1 represented an effort to create a high-performance roadster from the ground up, utilizing an original design developed by Shelby himself.
Unlike many of Shelby’s past creations, the Series 1 was designed and engineered on a clean sheet of paper. The exterior design more plenty of passing resemblance to the Shelby AC Cobra and Shelby Daytona Coupe, but that’s largely where the resemblances end. Underneath, the Series 1 utilized a dual wishbone suspension with inboard-mounted coil-over dampers actuated by rocker arms. The chassis was constructed from 6061 aluminum that was extruded, formed and welded together. Aluminum honeycomb panels made up the majority of the floor boards and rocker panels. Carbon fiber and fiberglass laminate was employed for the body panels throughout the car.
Power for the 1999 Shelby Series 1 came courtesy of a 4.0-liter DOHC eight-cylinder engine sourced from the Oldsmobile Aurora, mounted well behind the front axle. In regular tune, this engine produced 320 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. Coupled with a six-speed manual transmission supported in a torque tube, it was capable of reaching 60 mph from a standstill in 4.4 seconds and breaking the quarter mile in 12.8 seconds at 112 mph. With a top speed of 170 mph, the Series 1 proved 15 mph faster than the top speed of its spiritual predecessor, the 427 cubic-inch variant of the Shelby Cobra.
A total of 249 Series 1 roadsters were built as 1999 models between 1998 and 2004 out of a planned 500 examples. The remaining roadsters were built as component cars in 2005 due to federal re-certification costs. Component cars were delivered to customers with no engine or transmission.
1999 Shelby Series 1 Photos
The Ford Mustang is an iconic American vehicle. For years, people have enjoyed working on these vehicles, to enhance their look or speed or both. The Shelby GT 500 is a member of the elite group of Mustangs. Many Mustang owners dream of owning one of these vehicles but many never see that dream come to fruition. Now there’s a new version of the Shelby GT 500, available in the form of an upgrade package. This package is called the Super Snake.
The Shelby GT 500 Super Snake has it all. Starting at about $34,500 for the package alone, owners of the Mustang Shelby GT 500 can opt to make their already elite vehicle even better. Only a certain number of these vehicles will be built each year in order to maintain the exclusivity of these legendary vehicles. Each Mustang that is upgraded to this package will be maintained in the official Shelby registry. Currently, this upgrade package is only available to those who own a Mustang Shelby GT 500 between the years of 2007 to current models.
The Super Snake upgrade slithers in with a standard package and available options on the standard upgrade. Aesthetic enhancements are seen both inside and outside the vehicle, and include things such as a more substantial, Super Snake hood complete with hood pins, door sills, front fenders and grille imprinted with the mark of the Super Snake. In addition to the snake, Shelby has left several demarcations as well. The SHELBY deck letter kit, headrests, center console floor mats are all imprinted with the Shelby logo. The braking system is upgraded in the front to include 6-piston calipers in the front. The exhaust system is changed to black, the differential is comprised of a solid piece of aluminum and the suspension is upgraded to that which matches the same seen on other Shelby/Ford racing vehicles. In keeping with the racing feel and look, the shifter, oil dipstick handle and fluid caps that are a billet finish.
A 750 hp Shelby Supercharger gives you plenty of “get up and go.” This all sits on 20 inches of handsome Shelby/Alcoa Super Snake wheels that come in your choice of black matte or Durabright finishes. Don’t forget about the racing stripes, which can be matte white or black.
Optional upgrades should not be forgotten. Customers can choose to upgrade the Supercharger to 800hp and a choice of color options. In addition, the seats can be customized out of leather, and can even contain inserts that are comprised of perforated leather. The rear brakes can be outfitted the same as the front and the suspension can be made adjustable. To make sure the Super Snake stays looking as beautiful as he sounds, customers can also get a custom car cover.
Carroll Shelby knew what he was doing when he upgraded Ford’s 1967 Mustang. The 1967 Shelby GT500 fastback is one of the most desired vintage performance cars of all-time. The 1967 Shelby Mustang was always a favorite of gear heads but popularity really took off after the Nicholas Cage movie “Gone in 60 Seconds”.
In the movie, the car represented the “Holy Grail” for Cage’s character. The movie showed off the car’s capabilities quite well as Cage used the Mustang to elude law enforcement for the last 30 minutes of the movie.
The 1967 Shelby Mustang not only out performs the regular production Mustang, but out styles it as well. Working closer with Ford than they had ever done in previous years, Shelby-American was able come up with one stylish car. From the Cougar taillights to the real wood steering wheel, the 1967 Shelby GT500 fastback has it going on.
One of the most popular modifications with enthusiasts was the air scoops located on both the roof and rear quarters of the car. Throw in the vented hood that was four inches longer the standard model and you will find a car design that could rival any vintage make or model.
In 2009, Shelby gave Classic Restorations permission to re-create his famous car. From this decision the 1967 Shelby G.T.500CR was born giving car lovers everywhere a reason to shout. The car’s performance is much like the earlier version, just with newer parts. The G.T.500CR could be today’s dream car.