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Shelby Autos Changes Name to Shelby American


Shelby American

Shelby American

To honor the 45th anniversary of the 427 Cobra and Shelby G.T. 350 Shelby Automobiles will consolidate it's entire operation under the Shelby American name which originated back in the 60's.  Some of you might remember back in 1962 Carroll Shelby founded Shelby American to produce Shelby performance cars and muscle car parts after he retired from his dominating racing career.

“Enthusiasts have asked us many times to bring back the Shelby American name over the past several years,” said Shelby. “Though I’m proud of the cars that we built as Shelby Automobiles, we’re fulfilling that wish for fans worldwide. Using the Shelby American name will better connect our current vehicles to our heritage of building great cars like the G.T.350 and Cobra.”

Shelby American will continue building CSX badged vehicles, Super Snake and other Shelby post-title packages for various model years.  Nothing will really change under the new name but one sentence did catch my eye in the press release and it's a quote from Amy Boylan.  She said "And just like the 1960s, the Shelby American name will soon appear on one of the most exciting vehicles we’ve ever built.”.  What will this new Shelby vehicle be.  My best guess is the 2011 Shelby GT500, what do you think it could be?

Read more about the name change below in the press release:

Press Release:

LAS VEGAS – Dec. 15, 2009 – Shelby Automobiles, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), will honor the 45th anniversary of the 427 Cobra and Shelby G.T.350 by consolidating its operations under the Shelby American banner. Carroll Shelby founded the original Shelby American in 1962 to create the legendary sports cars and muscle cars that forever changed the performance world, and it is only fitting that Shelby Automobiles join the original team.

“Enthusiasts have asked us many times to bring back the Shelby American name over the past several years,” said Shelby. “Though I’m proud of the cars that we built as Shelby Automobiles, we’re fulfilling that wish for fans worldwide. Using the Shelby American name will better connect our current vehicles to our heritage of building great cars like the G.T.350 and Cobra.”

One of America’s greatest race car drivers, Shelby dominated sports car racing in the mid-1950s, including a victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. After retiring from racing due to a heart ailment, he founded Shelby American to manufacture performance cars. His band of hot rodders created the legendary Cobra sports car in 1962. Three years later, they unveiled a big block version of the Cobra.

About that same time, Ford asked Shelby to turn the Mustang into a dominant muscle car. The Shelby team put Mustang at the pinnacle of the performance world with the Shelby G.T.350 and Shelby G.T.500.

Shelby American also offered high performance parts, modified cars for individuals and was involved in racing. From drag strip triumphs to victories at Le Mans and America’s first World Manufacturer’s Championship, Shelby cars dominated performance circles.

“We’re still building genuine Shelby Cobras and have been involved in some of the most exciting Ford Mustangs ever to wear a Shelby badge,” added Amy Boylan, president of Shelby American. “With the anniversary of Shelby American’s two most revered models, it’s the right time to return to our roots through a name change. And just like the 1960s, the Shelby American name will soon appear on one of the most exciting vehicles we’ve ever built.”


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