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Blast from the past: The forgotten Shelby Series 1

Today I will be telling people about the forgotten Shelby Series 1. A true american sports car!

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The Shelby Series 1 was produced from 1998 to 2005 and it was designed by the legend himself, Carroll Shelby. The front engine, rear wheel drive sports car was built in Las Vegas Valley Nevada by Shelby American. The car never really became vastly know by people and only so many car enthusiasts have ever even heard of it.

Concept Carz

Concept Carz

Engine and transmission

The Series 1 used Oldsmobile's L47 Aurora 4.0 L V-8 that uses dual overhead camshaft technology and uses 4-valves per cylinder. The motor could produce up to 320 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 290 lb ft of torque at 5,000 rpm, which a decent number since the car only weighs 2,650 pounds. Mated to the L47 is a 6-speed manual transmisson. Having an American V8 in a lightweight sports car, with a manual are perfect ingredients for a fun car!

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The Series 1 can accelerate from 0-60 in just 4.4 seconds. Considering the date the car was made, the fact that it is a manual and RWD, and only has about 300 horsepower makes this number very strong in my opinion. It can do the 1/4 mile in just 12.8 seconds at a speed of 112 mph. The series 1 had a great top speed of 170 mph, which is more than a good enough number.

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A supercharged version

Lots of the Series 1's were naturally aspirated, but some were supercharged. The supercharged variant could do 0-60 in just 3.2 seconds, which is still impressive! With the supercharger and other changed engine components the car could produce 600 horsepower and 530 lb ft of torque. It is unknown how many supercharged variants exist, but only 249 Series 1's were ever built in total, making this car extraordinarily rare. Most of them were silver with either blue or red stripes.

The Carroll Collection

The Carroll Collection

Some dimensions

Wheelbase 96.2 in (2,443 mm)

Length 169.0 in (4,292 mm)

Width 76.5 in (1,943 mm)

Height 47.0 in (1,194 mm)

weight 2,650 lb (1,202 kg)



Well that's all I have for today! If you enjoyed don't forget to bump and follow! I would greatly appreciate it!

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Comments (3)

  • Never heard about this car before,it seems really cool!

      24 days ago
  • Looks like a dodge viper

      19 days ago
  • I firstly saw this thing in Forza 4

      21 days ago