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Update: Shelby Distribution commemorative MkII GT40


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In celebration of Carroll Shelby’s 85th birthday, Shelby Distribution USA under license from Shelby Licensing and in partnership with Shelby Automobiles Inc. will build a limited run of replicas of the original 1966 Shelby American GT40 race cars. The original cars are credited with wins in the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans, where they took the top three spots, as well as a string of other victories.

The latest replica from Shelby Distribution USA is only a rolling chassis but they come complete with full licensing and registration certificates from Shelby Automobiles Inc. The GT40's chassis is a near-exact replication of the original race car's monocoque unibody structure down to the pressed steel roof - the only departure being the use of electro-galvanized sheet steel in the construction.

Under the pretty body sits an original style fully independent suspension system utilizing an unequal length A-arm design. The coilover system utilizes H&R springs and Bilstein shocks that are fully adjustable as well as the front and rear anti-roll bars. Ride height can be changed from 4.125 to 4.75 inches.

Braking performance is achieved through vented Wilwood super light brakes. Both front and rear brakes feature 12.75in discs and four-piston calipers.

The cars will be built in a limited run of 85 cars for each color of the original trio of race cars, including the P/1015 in Arcadian Blue with white stripes, the P/1046 in black with solid silver stripes, and the P/1047 in red with white stripes.

Unique features of the cars include a custom dash plaque, Carroll Shelby engraved door handles, Carroll Shelby etched head light covers, racing number decals, leather seats, diffusers front and back, Carroll Shelby signature floor and sill mats, and an 85th Commemorative hood badge. The cars are also available in both left and right-hand drive.
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  1. I fully understand the huge achievement the GT40 was at beating Ferrari. So why the replica's?

    I dont get it!
     
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  2. so on his 86th birthday, theyll make another "commemorative" car....c'mon, enuff of these cars
     
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  3. The WHY of these cars is that SOME of us would like to own a streetable version of this automobile to actually DRIVE! We can't afford five or ten million for an original, IF they ever became available, and as purebred racers, they are a bitch to drive. This replica offers the looks, and if you choose the right engine, the performance of the original, at a reasonable price. (Reasonable as defined by those who buy one, and scoffed at by folks who cannot.) Also, if you want some more streetable options like air conditioning, left-hand drive, and so on, they can be added. Does the Ford GT look like a genuine GT-40? Kinda. Does the Superformance GT-40 look authentic? Yup. 'nuff said.
     
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  4. If you have to ask or say enough of "these" cars then you just dont know and no amount of words will drive it into your heads. You need to experience things that can only be delivered by a car that weighs 2400 lbs and has 550hp? common I hope your kidding or just a 12 yr old spelling bee champ.
     
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  5. Sorry pressed thumbs up but i guess my finger is too big and it hit the wrong side i meant to hit thumbs up !!!
     
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  6. If anyone of you complaining realizes that the shelby MKII is made by
    Hy-Teck Automotive in Port Elizabeth, South Africa., and Superformance is only the US Distributer. Carol Shelby buys the same MKII from Hy-Teck and adds his own touches to the engine and badging. The MKII is almost identical to the original GT40 but handles better and with a 550 HP Rouch Motor is much faster. Only from the original it has Air Conditioning.
    PLEASE Read more about it before complaining...Thanks
     
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  7. It really annoys me that you hear carol shelby, superformance, and exotic auto restoration, and they had nothing to do with the builders of the car. Exotic Auto Restoration only installed the motor, trans, and a little tweaking of the suspension after the weight of the motor was installed.
    Only thing associated with shelby is the name plates, and serial number on the car. Everyone Give Hy-Tech Automotive, and Jim Price Credit for
    designing and building the chassi and suspension of the greatest replica, and not a KIT CAR made today. Look under HI-TECK Automotive, SOUTH AFRICA and read Jim Prices Story. Thank You!
     
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  8. Superperformance apparently does a bang up job on faithfully executing a true copy of the original. Everybody needs to chill the hell out and realize whatever kind of bank account most people have they perhaps will NEVER own an original GT40. Most where made for racing, and very small handful made for the street. This is not a simple car, its a bona fide copy of the original with some awesome credentials backing it up. Carroll Shelby and the awesome Roush engines, it just can't get any better than that unless you're one of the 30 or so owners of the original street-able versions of the GT40.
     
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