The only car built by Carroll Shelby from scratch could be yours
While Carroll Shelby is known for the Cobra, the GT40 or the Daytona, there is one car built by Carroll Shelby which is not mentioned by anyone. I am talking about the 1999 Shelby Series One Prototype. The first and only car built by Carroll Shelby from scratch.
A not very well-known story is behind this prototype. The Series 1 was a test prototype, built at Shelby American’s Las Vegas factory in 1999. Built for testing and showing, it was an opening to the 249 models of the car that were built. Back then, Carroll bought it and ran it for 2,600 miles.
What you are seeing above is a modified Oldsmobile Aurora 4.0-liter V8 with 320hp. This engine is mated to a C5 Chevrolet Corvette six-speed manual transaxle.
The Series 1 is capable of doing 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, giving it a 12.8 second quarter mile at 112 mph, and a top speed of 170 mph. The supercharged version could do 0 to 60 mph time of 3.2 seconds.
Extruded aluminum frame with aluminum honeycomb reinforcement panels and carbon fiber and fiberglass laminate body panels make the Series 1 the most advanced American car of the time.
Sourced from vehicles in the General Motors catalogue, the interior has Monsoon premium sound system, an AM/FM stereo cassette and CD player from Buick, and an an instrument cluster and climate controls from Pontiac. It might be from 1999 but you can still get parts of the interior even today.
The Series 1 will be at RM Sotheby’s auction in Arizona on January 16 to 17 and will set you back between $120,000 to $150,000. Click on these words to check out the car at RM Sotheby's website.