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SHELBY AMERICAN OFFERS NEW 2013 SHELBY GT350 IN ALL FACTORY COLORS

LAS VEGAS – June 28, 2012Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), has announced the changes for its limited edition 2013 Shelby GT350. New color options, visual styling cues and optional performance upgrades will distinguish the third model year of Shelby GT350 production from previous model year cars. The 2013 Shelby GT350 will be available as either a coupe or convertible in the entire color palette offered by Ford Motor Company on the Mustang.

GT350 1“The Shelby GT350 is one of the world’s most celebrated and iconic modern muscle cars,” said John Luft, president of Shelby American. “For the third model year of the contemporary Shelby GT350, we’ve further refined the car with  options and equipment requested by enthusiasts. The Shelby American team is following Carroll Shelby’s playbook to continue building high performance cars and parts designed to keep our customers at the front of the fast lane.”

For the first (2011) model year Shelby GT350, the coupes were clad in white with blue stripes, just as Shelby American did with the initial car in 1965. In 2012, three more colors (red, blue and anniversary black/gold), as well as a convertible option were offered; this is similar to the options offered by Shelby American in 1966.

GT350 2For the 2013 model year, Shelby American again matches tradition with expanded color options, equipment choices and styling changes, while performance improvements remain intact. The GT350 will be available in all of Ford’s standard colors offered on the Mustang: Grabber Blue, Sterling Gray Metallic, “Gotta Have It” Green, Candy Red Tint Coat Metallic, Ingot Silver Metallic, “Deep Impact” Blue Metallic (replaces Kona Blue Metallic), Race Red, Performance White and Black. Customers can choose between Satin Black or Gloss White stripes (a first since 1970) or Azure Blue Metallic on Performance White and Ingot Silver Metallic vehicles to be paired with new wheels in Satin Black or Bright Silver Metallic. Other styling cues for 2013 include a glass roof option, Recaro Seats and a modified custom rear valance.

Shelby American Announces 2013 GT350 (2/2)
“The Shelby GT350’s rich history is well-documented,” added Shelby American Vice President of Production Gary Davis. “People who value that heritage asked us to repeat Shelby history with new options this year. We did that and stayed true to our commitment for performance with a no-comprise car that honors Carroll Shelby and our past.”

The Shelby GT350 is a post-title program based on the Ford Mustang GT. The 2013 Shelby GT350 performance specs will be continued from the 2012 model year. Customers can choose a 430 HP normally aspirated, and either a Ford Racing supercharged 525 HP or 624 HP version. An automatic transmission is optional with the normally aspirated engine, while a short throw shifter is standard for the manual on any of the models. For 2013, options include a one piece drive shaft, more powerful brakes, cooling enhancements, interior upgrades and a color coordinated billet aluminum engine cap set. A new cold air package for the normally aspirated engine will be available to boost the GT350’s output to about 450 horsepower.

The 2013 Shelby GT350 post-title package starts at $26,995.00 (normally aspirated) and $33,995.00 (supercharged), not including the base car. Only 350 of the cars will be built, all at the Shelby American factory in Las Vegas.  2012 GT350’s are still available with great incentive’s being offered for the base vehicle by Ford. Build Your Dream Shelby at http://www.shelbyamerican.com/buildone/2013GT350-Exterior.asp Customers interested in a Shelby GT350 can also contact the Shelby American sales department at (702) 942-7325 or go to www.shelbyamerican.com.

About Shelby American, Inc. and Carroll Shelby Licensing
Founded by legend Carroll Shelby, Shelby American manufactures and markets performance vehicles and related products. The company builds authentic continuation Cobras, including the 427 S/C, 289 FIA and 289 street car component vehicles; it offers the Shelby 1000, GT350, GT500 Super Snake and GTS post-title packages for the current generation Ford Mustang. For more information, visit www.shelbyamerican.com. Shelby American is a division of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI.PK). Carroll Shelby Licensing Inc., also a wholly owned division, is the exclusive holder of Carroll Shelby’s trademarks and vehicle design rights. It also holds trademark rights for Shelby-branded apparel, accessories and collectibles. Information is at www.shelbylicensing.com.

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SHELBY AMERICAN COMMEMORATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF ICONIC BIG BLOCK COBRA WITH SPECIAL EDITION ROADSTER

LAS VEGAS – Dec. 30, 2014Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK) is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the big block Cobra by offering 50 limited edition versions of the iconic roadster. Each continuation Cobra will be painted Guardsman Blue with Wimbledon White stripes, equipped with a premium black leather interior and other special touches. The 50th Anniversary 427 Shelby Cobra will debut at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., beginning January 12, 2015.

Cobra1The big block Shelby Cobra changed the way the world viewed American manufacturers when Carroll Shelby introduced it in January 1965,” said Joe Conway, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Shelby American. “While the small block cars were successful, the all new FE-powered Cobra took everything to the extreme. Far more powerful and sophisticated, the big block Cobra represented the bold American spirit. Shelby American’s goal was to create the world’s first hyper car and the Cobra lived up to its potential.”

Shelby American built the big block Cobras specifically to conquer all other sports cars, both American-made and European. With an all new coil spring independent suspension, larger passenger compartment, upgraded brakes, wider track, fatter tires and a big block Ford engine, the Cobra rocked the world. In its first year of production, the big block Cobra captured the SCCA’s coveted “A Production” championship. The Cobras also ran rampant in sanctioned drag racing series nationwide.

Cobra2“The 427 Cobra is the purest expression of Carroll Shelby’s vision of a performance car,” said Akos J. Feher, Shelby American Vice President of Operations. “He believed in combining big horsepower with inspired engineering. The big block Cobra featured an all new coil over suspension that would allow the lightweight frame to handle a powerful American big block engine. The car just exudes masculinity. The Cobra’s ‘no holds barred’ attitude is still part of the DNA of every car we build today.”

The anniversary Shelby Cobras are component vehicles that can be finished by a customer or an authorized dealer. Each car is built to order and delivered as a rolling chassis, less drive train, with a 1965 MSO. The 427 Shelby Cobras retain everything from the authentic style suspension to the graceful body lines, but are upgraded to contemporary standards. Shelby American uses the same leather that one would find in high end cars, modern brake discs, a stronger frame and the bodies are available in either aluminum or fiberglass.

The 50th Anniversary Editions (serial numbers CSX4500 to CSX4599) have some unique differences. Special badges adorn the exterior and interior. Premium materials are used on the seats, carpets and dash. A 23 gallon racing style fuel tank, powder coated frame, racing brakes and custom gauges are standard. The paint/stripe schemes are unique and a special optional engine package is being developed by the Shelby Engine Company.

“Genuine Shelby Cobras are very rare and desirable,” said Gary Patterson, Shelby American Vice President of Strategic Sales and Media Relations. “We wanted to honor Cobra’s unique heritage, while incorporating a few upgrades that Carroll personally approved before his death in 2012. These 50 limited edition cars keep the flame sparked by the race-winning Cobras burning bright. There just isn’t anything like a real Shelby Cobra.”

The 50th Anniversary 427 Cobra will begin at $119,995 for a fiberglass or $179,995 for an aluminum bodied car, without drive train. Each will be documented in the ‘World Registry’ alongside the original 343 built by Shelby American in the 1960s. Cobras can be purchased through one of Shelby American’s dealers. Information about the cars can be found at http://www.shelbyamerican.com/50th427cobra.asp or by calling (702) 942-7325.

About Shelby American, Inc. and Carroll Shelby Licensing
Founded by legend Carroll Shelby, Shelby American manufactures and markets performance vehicles and related products. The company builds authentic continuation Cobras, including the 427 S/C, 289 FIA and 289 street car component vehicles; it offers the Shelby GT, 1000, GT350, GT500 Super Snake and GTS post-title packages for the 2005-2014 Ford Mustang. Shelby American also builds the Shelby Raptor muscle truck and Shelby Focus ST hot hatch. For more information, visit www.shelbyamerican.com. Shelby American is a division of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI.PK). Carroll Shelby Licensing Inc., also a wholly owned division, is the exclusive holder of Carroll Shelby’s trademarks and vehicle design rights. It also holds trademark rights for Shelby-branded apparel, accessories and collectibles. Info at www.shelbylicencing.com

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SHELBY AMERICAN’S SIGNATURE EDITION GT500 SUPER SNAKE PACKAGES TO HONOR FINAL 2007-2014 MODEL YEAR CARS

LAS VEGAS – Dec. 20, 2014Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), has unveiled a Signature Edition Super Snake package to honor the end of production for the current generation Ford Shelby GT500. With unique styling and up to 850 HP, these limited edition muscle cars feature the most popular upgrades at a special price. Only 50 total coupe or convertible 2007-2014 model year Signature Edition Super Snakes will be built with orders accepted through Jan. 31, 2015.

Super Snake1“The Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake has become one of the most exciting and desired cars in the world since we introduced it in 2007,” said Joe Conway, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Shelby American. “With production of the current generation GT500 ending, we wanted to commemorate the sunset of an important era. This Shelby truly changed the automotive landscape and inspired the performance competition that continues today. It’s a car worthy of being honored with a very special limited edition Shelby. The package can only be ordered available for a limited time, so ownership puts a person in a very elite club.”

The Shelby GT500 Super Snake is a post-title program based on the 2007-2014 Ford Shelby GT500. The post-title package includes upgrades to the engine, suspension, brakes and cooling. The cars get a unique and stunning visual treatment, as well as interior upgrades.

Super Snake 2To build a Signature Edition Super Snake, Shelby American is also integrating the most popular upgrades and added stunning visual touches to make them stand out from other Super Snake. For the first time, the cars are available in the entire color palette offered by Ford Motor Company on the Shelby GT500. Customers can choose the stripe colors to be paired with the new forged Weld Shelby wheels for the first time for a 2007-2012 model year car. A commemorative badge that honors Carroll Shelby’s signature is featured prominently on the airbag cover. As an extra cost option, the “wide body” package can also be ordered for installation.

“Some of the most collectible cars built by Shelby American include the ‘427 Edition’ Super Snake and ‘40th Anniversary’ GT500 packages,” said Neil Cummings, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International. “The Signature Edition GT500 Super Snake is the most exclusive version of the car we’ve ever offered.”

In addition to receiving a very rare car, owners of the Signature Edition   will enjoy a day of training at the track. Each track day will be scheduled based on track availability.

“The Shelby GT500 Super Snake is an incredibly capable car,” added Shelby American Vice President of Strategic Sales and Media Relations Gary Patterson. “We want to teach owners how to leverage all of the extra power, handling and braking their car possesses. So we’re including a day of personal training upon delivery of a Super Snake at the same track where Shelby American tests all of our cars.”

Key features on the Signature Edition cars include:

  • Forged Weld Wheels with Signature Edition center caps
  • 6 Kenne Bell Supercharger
  • Shelby Performance cooling package with a new radiator, heat exchanger and aluminum cooling tanks
  • Upgraded rear brakes
  • Commemorative Carroll Shelby signature air bag cover decal from the Carroll Shelby Foundation
  • Stripes in any current color offered by Shelby American
  • “Super Snake” Signature Edition vehicle badges
  • Unique CSM number on interior and engine plates
  • Signature Edition floor mats
  • One day track experience

The Signature Edition Shelby GT500 Super Snake post-title package is $44,995.00, not including the base car. all 50 of these cars will be built at the Shelby American factory in Las Vegas. Customers interested in a car can also contact the Shelby American sales department at (702) 942-7325 or go to www.shelbyamerican.com.

About Shelby American, Inc. and Carroll Shelby Licensing
Founded by legend Carroll Shelby, Shelby American manufactures and markets performance vehicles and related products. The company builds authentic continuation Cobras, including the 427 S/C, 289 FIA and 289 street car component vehicles; it offers the Shelby 1000, GT500 Super Snake, Shelby GT and GTS post-title packages for the 2005-2014 Ford Mustang. Shelby American also builds the Shelby Raptor muscle truck and Shelby Focus ST hot hatch. The company’s SPP division also offers high performance parts for 2005+ Ford Mustangs, including Shelby models. For more information, visit www.shelbyamerican.com. Shelby American is a subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI.PK). Carroll Shelby Licensing Inc., also a wholly owned division, is the exclusive holder of Carroll Shelby’s trademarks and vehicle design rights. It also holds trademark rights for Shelby-branded apparel, accessories and collectibles. Info is at www.shelbylicensing.com.

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SHELBY AMERICAN COMMEMORATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY FIA COBRA WITH SPECIAL EDITION CAR

Scottsdale, Ariz. – Jan. 17, 2014 – In 1964, Shelby American, today a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK) introduced the FIA version of the small block Cobra, which competed in the 1964 World Manufacturers Championship series against marques like Aston Martin, Jaguar and Corvette. To celebrate the birth of the 289 Ford powered roadsters, Shelby American will offer 50 limited edition continuation (CSX7000) Shelby 289 FIA Cobras. Each will be painted “Viking Blue” with FIA stripes and roundels, feature a black FIA interior, special billet anniversary badges, original style wheels and a variety of additional options. The 50th Anniversary FIA Shelby Cobra will be introduced at the annual Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz, on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.

FIA Cobra 2“The 289 FIA Shelby Cobras were among the most important cars in American racing history,” said John Luft, president of Shelby American. “The FIA Cobras built during that period were piloted by racing legends including Ken Miles, Dan Gurney, Phil Hill and Bob Bondurant. Thus, some of the most revered drivers in the sport put the 289 FIA Cobra into the winner’s circle. Combining a robust, powerful American engine with a lightweight chassis was sheer brilliance. Shelby’s formula still resonates today and is followed by automakers worldwide.”

Shelby American built the 289 FIA Cobras for racing; modifications included a new dash, widened front and rear fenders, cut-back doors, new dampers, racing wheels featuring the pin-drive hub, oil cooler scoops and a competition spec 289 small block engine.

Today, the CSX7000 Continuation Shelby Cobra 289 FIA’s are component vehicles that can be fitted with a proper drive train by a customer or automotive professional. Each car is built to order and delivered as a rolling chassis, less drive train, with a Shelby American issued MSO.

“Our CSX7000 cars incorporate safety and performance improvements, without sacrificing driving excitement or originality,” added Vince LaViolette, senior designer and head of R&D at Shelby American. “With a small block V8 pushing only 2,100 lbs., it’s the lightest Cobra ever built with an incredible power-to-weight ratio. This allows the small block Cobra to dive deep into corners and pull through with incredible precision and accuracy.”

FIA Cobra 1The Continuation Shelby Cobra 289 FIA vehicles retain everything from the authentic style suspension to the graceful body lines, but are upgraded to contemporary standards. Shelby  American uses modern disc brakes, a stronger frame and the bodies are available in either aluminum or fiberglass. The 50th Anniversary Edition also features a complete exhaust for a small block Ford V8, a special fitted car cover and optional detachable steering wheel.

“The importance and historical significance of these cars was the fact that they brought a small shop in Southern California to the forefront of international racing on two continents within the same year,” said Shelby Expert and SAAC Member Jeff Gagnon. “Shelby American took it to Ferrari, Corvette and other well-supplied, well-funded and established race teams and manufacturers. That was no small feat, even in those simpler times.”

The 50th Anniversary CSX7000 FIA Continuation Cobra will begin at $94,995 for a fiberglass or $159,995 for an aluminum bodied car, excluding drive train. Each will be documented in our ‘World Registry’ by Shelby American. Cobras can be purchased through a network of Shelby American Cobra dealers. Information about options and availability can be found at http://www.shelbyamerican.com/50fia.asp

About Shelby American, Inc. and Carroll Shelby Licensing
Founded by legend Carroll Shelby, Shelby American manufactures and markets performance vehicles and related products. The company builds authentic continuation Cobras, including the 427 S/C, 289 FIA and 289 street car component vehicles; it offers the Shelby GT, 1000, GT350, GT500 Super Snake and GTS post-title packages for the 2005-2014 Ford Mustang. Shelby American also builds the Shelby Raptor muscle truck and Shelby Focus ST hot hatch. For more information, visit www.shelbyamerican.com. Shelby American is a subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI.PK). Carroll Shelby Licensing Inc., also a wholly owned division, is the exclusive holder of Carroll Shelby’s trademarks and vehicle design rights. It also holds trademark rights for Shelby-branded apparel, accessories and collectibles. Info is at www.shelbylicensing.com.

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SHELBY AMERICAN UNLEASHES MOST POWERFUL GT500 SUPER SNAKE PACKAGES FOR 2013 MODEL YEAR

LAS VEGAS – Sept. 18, 2012Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), is now offering the most powerful versions of the Shelby GT500 Super Snake for the 2013 model year in the company’s 50 year history. With a base model rated at 662 HP and an optional 850 HP version, the limited edition 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake also features new styling cues, color options and optional performance upgrades at a lower base price. Only 500 total 2013 Super Snakes will be built; the car is available as a coupe or convertible in the entire color palette offered by Ford Motor Company on the Shelby GT500.

GT500 1“When Ford launched the 2013 Shelby GT500, we were bombarded with requests for Shelby American to offer a Super Snake package for the car,” said John Luft, president of Shelby American. “Our team worked closely with Ford Racing and other key partners to develop our new fire breathing snake. The result is the most powerful base model Super Snake ever at 662 horsepower, which is available at prices lower than previous models. By checking off a few boxes in the series of optional equipment, you can take home a street-legal 850 horsepower version that runs on pump gas.”

GT500 2For the 2013 model year, Shelby American takes the stock Ford GT500 and kicks it up to the next performance level with new options and styling changes. Customers can choose between Satin Black or Gloss White stripes to be paired with new wheels in Satin Black or Bright Silver Metallic, along with new silver and blue stripes paired with limited base vehicle colors. Offered for the first time in Shelby American’s history will be a choice of rear-only or front and rear “wide body” packages with an optional 13 inch rear wheel and tire package, as seen on the Carroll Shelby Tribute car developed by Ford and Shelby American that was unveiled in Monterey.

The 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake will make an appearance at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson collector car auction in Las Vegas, September 20 – 22.

“The Shelby GT500 Super Snake has been the big dog of the Shelby American lineup,” added Shelby American Vice President of Production Gary Davis. “With Ford’s new 2013 Shelby GT500 having 662 hp right out of the box, along with our new wide body putting 14 inches of rubber on the ground, this car will be a game changer when it comes to power to the pavement performance.”

The Shelby GT500 Super Snake is a post-title program based on the Ford Shelby GT500. The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake post title package includes:

  • Standard base tune is 662 HP and 631 ft./lbs. of torque
  • 6-speed manual transmission with 3.31:1 rear axle ratio and short-throw shifter with optional 3.73:1
  • Upgraded suspension package
  • Shelby Performance cooling package with a new radiator, heat exchanger and aluminum cooling tanks
  • New spoked Shelby-designed 20-inch wheels and performance tires
  • Shelby / Borla exhaust system
  • Optional Shelby / Ford Racing 850 hp Whipple supercharger or 850 hp Kenne Bell supercharger
  • Forged Shelby / Wildwood brakes with 6 piston fronts and 4 piston rear calipers and cross drilled / vented rotors
  • Front brake cooling ducts and behind the door side scoops
  • Unique fiberglass hood featuring classic Shelby Super Snake design
  • Shelby signature Super Snake stripes in either matte black, matte white, silver or blue
  • “Super Snake” vehicle badges, and unique CSM number interior and engine plates
  • “Shelby” lettering across the rear deck lid
  • Optional two tone leather interior
  • Shelby signature embroidered headrests, floor mats and other Shelby designed components

The 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake post-title package starts at $28,995.00 for the 662 HP version and $39,995.00 for the 850 HP model, not including the base car. Only 500 of these cars will be built, all at the Shelby American factory in Las Vegas.  Customers can build their dream Shelby Super Snake online with the “Build-One” program at http://shelbyamerican.com/buildhome.asp. Those interested in a car can also contact the Shelby American sales department at (702) 942-7325 or go to www.shelbyamerican.com.

About Shelby American, Inc. and Carroll Shelby Licensing
Founded by legend Carroll Shelby, Shelby American manufactures and markets performance vehicles and related products. The company builds authentic continuation Cobras, including the 427 S/C, 289 FIA and 289 street car component vehicles; it offers the Shelby 1000, GT350, GT500 Super Snake and GTS post-title packages for the current generation Ford Mustang. For more information, visit www.shelbyamerican.com. Shelby American is a division of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI.PK). Carroll Shelby Licensing Inc., also a wholly owned division, is the exclusive holder of Carroll Shelby’s trademarks and vehicle design rights. It also holds trademark rights for Shelby-branded apparel, accessories and collectibles. Information is at www.shelbylicensing.com.

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PLANET COBRA LAUNCHES THREE EXCITING NEW SHELBY COBRA VIDEOS ONLINE

Atlanta – Dec. 14, 2011 – A new series of online videos by Planet Cobra have debuted at www.goplanetcobra.com with facts, history and model-specific information about the continuation Shelby Cobra. Each exciting film features one of the three genuine Shelby models that can be built-to-order from Planet Cobra. Planet Cobra’s videos include exclusive, rare footage of the cars being piloted by Shelby American factory test driver Gary Patterson at the Las Vegas campus.

“The Shelby Cobra is the most iconic sports car of all time,” said Stephen Becker, president and CEO of Planet Cobra. “Our new series of online videos outlines a general history of the Shelbys, demonstrates their capabilities and provides facts to help collectors differentiate between the real deal and the many fakes. The videos educate and show enthusiasts how to find the Cobra of their dreams.”

Planet Cobra delivers Shelby Cobras that are a continuation of those built by Shelby American in the 1960’s. The current line-up includes the Cobra 427 (CSX4000/6000), 289 FIA (CSX7000) and street car (CSX8000) component vehicles. Cobras are available for order in either fiberglass or aluminum body.

Purchased from the Shelby factory in Las Vegas, each Cobra is entered into Shelby American’s registry and photographed during the construction. The vehicles are then shipped by Shelby American to Planet Cobra where customers can choose to have the company’s experts add a proper drive train before delivery anywhere around the globe.

“People often ask me why they should buy a genuine Shelby instead of a replica or fake,” said Gary Patterson, vice president of operations for Shelby American. “So I ask them if they gave their wife a cubic zirconium ring or prefer to wear a Rolex knock-off. There’s value and enjoyment in owning the real deal.”

Founded by Stephen Becker, one of the world’s foremost experts in Shelby cars, Planet Cobra is among the most elite dealers in the world. In addition to offering the genuine big block, street and FIA Cobra, Planet Cobra can deliver a continuation Shelby Daytona Coupe or Shelby edition GT40. The cars are available as component rollers or completed by one of Planet Cobra’s experts.

“Owning a real Shelby Cobra is one of the most exhilarating and satisfying experiences that a car enthusiast or collector will ever enjoy,” added Becker. “And we pride ourselves on making the process of buying a Cobra as much fun as it is to drive one.”

To get an exclusive look into these modern day classics, visit http://www.goplanetcobra.com/videos.html.

About Planet Cobra

Planet Cobra is the most trusted resource for buying and selling genuine Shelbys today. In the business for over 30 years, experts at Planet Cobra have access to unlimited contacts, databases and insider information that can help enthusiasts buy or sell a Shelby Cobra or Mustang at the best possible price.

Led by Stephen Becker, a well-known and respected Shelby expert, Planet Cobra offers premium customers service, unmatched experience and authentic documentation for each vehicle sold. More information is available at www.goplanetcobra.com.

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Unrestored Shelby Cobra Auction Price Outperforms Gold Market Five Fold

ATLANTA – March 2011 – Auctions America by RM posted $17,248,846 in total sales at its annual Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale auction event last weekend. The top seller, a barn-find 1963 Shelby Cobra (chassis no. CSX 2080), changed hands for $467,500 and represents a unique opportunity to make a direct comparison between the rise in a collector cars value and that of a traded commodity – gold.

The matching-numbers CSX 2080, the fifth 289 Cobra built, was purchased by its second private owner in 1981 with $30,000 worth of gold coins. The cumulative average market gold price that year was $460 per ounce. The car was driven only once by its new owner and then parked for the next 30 years, leaving it in very original, unrestored condition for its appearance on the auction podium in Fort Lauderdale.

Since 1981 gold values have fluctuated, but have steadily been on the rise over the last decade and reached an all-time high on March 2, 2011, closing at $1,437.20 per ounce. Based on the current gold market, the original investment of gold coins has more than tripled in value and would be worth approximately $93,730 today. The $467,500 selling price of CSX 2080 represents an increase of about 15 times the original purchase price of $30,000 and outperforms the gold market five times over.

“Recently the media has explored the value of collector cars as more than just items to drive and enjoy as a hobby. There is strong potential for beautiful and rare automobiles as tangible assets to offer good returns on a collectors investment,” stated Donnie Gould, President, Auctions America by RM.

“To avoid disappointment we always counsel our clients to research potential purchases well and, above all else, buy cars that they are truly passionate about,” added Gould.

Presenting all categories and genres of motor cars, the 2011 Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale event saw a total of 498 automobiles go under the hammer with a 68 percent sell through rate. Registered bidders representing 15 different countries participated in the auction onsite, on the phone and over the Internet.

Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale Top 5 Sales:

1963 Shelby Cobra, CSX 2080: $467,500
1932 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton, Engine no. J315: $440,000
1957 Desoto Adventurer: $187,000
1995 Batmobile from the film Batman Forever: $165,000
1938 Ford Hot Rod: $165,000

Complete official results for the 2011 Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale auction are posted online at www.auctionsamerica.com

ABOUT PLANET COBRA

Planet Cobra is the most trusted resource for buying and selling genuine Shelbys today. The company has been in the business for over 30 years and has access to unlimited contacts, databases and insider information that can help enthusiasts buy or sell a Shelby Cobra or Mustang at the best possible price.

Stephen Becker, well-known and respected Shelby expert, is one of the most prolific authorities on Shelby automobiles. His expertise and in-depth knowledge has been tapped by clients to purchase, consign and restore original Shelbys. Becker has been retained by key auto groups and leaders to authenticate and value Shelby vehicles. More information is available at www.goplanetcobra.com.

NEW SHELBY AMERICAN FIVE-YEAR AGREEMENT WITH DEALER PLANET COBRA TO KEEP SALES FLOWING

ATLANTA – March 31, 2011– Shelby American and Carroll Shelby Licensing recently signed a five-year extension to its dealer agreement with Planet Cobra, which has delivered more Shelby Cobras than any other dealer in the world over the past three years. The long term agreement grants Planet Cobra the right to retail the Shelby 427, FIA and Street Cobras to customers worldwide.

Stephen Becker is principal at Planet Cobra. As a youngster, he started penning letters to his hero, Carroll Shelby. They forged a friendship beginning with that correspondence, which shaped the youth’s life.

“I got to know Stephen Becker when he started writing me letters as a 10 year old kid,” said Carroll Shelby, founder of Shelby American. “Over the years, he’s become an expert in Shelby cars and has really learned the car business.”

Mr. Becker has grown into the leading expert on Shelby cars. In 2008, Becker became a dealer for Carroll Shelby’s company, Shelby American and secured an agreement with Carroll Shelby Licensing. Since then, he has consistently been one of the top volume Shelby Cobra dealers.

“It’s a privilege to be a part of the Shelby team,” stated Becker. “As a kid, I was disappointed that I missed being part of Carroll’s crew in the 1960s. I got a second chance when he began building genuine Cobras again. It’s a thrill to work with this living legend.”

Mr. Becker was one of the youngest individuals to be selected as a finalist for the Ernst &Young/Inc Magazine “Entrepreneur of the Year” in the early 1990s. He currently operates two businesses, Genuine Shelby and Planet Cobra, under the Stephen Becker LLC umbrella.

Genuine Shelby is tapped by clients to purchase, consign and restore original Shelby GT350 and GT500 Mustangs. It also offers appraisals of Shelby cars built from 1962-1970, as well as representation of Shelby cars at auctions such as Barrett-Jackson, RM and Mecum. The other is Planet Cobra, his Shelby Cobra dealership. Over the past two years, Planet Cobra delivered more continuation Shelby Cobras to customers than any other authorized dealer in the world.

Built from 1962-1967, the CSX2000 and CSX3000 series small block Shelby Cobras were feared by owners of Ferrari, Jaguar, Chevrolet, Porsche and Aston Martin sports cars. The competition version dominated racing, culminating in the 1965 FIA World Championship.

Carroll Shelby is manufacturing the Cobra once again but with a choice of an aluminum or fiberglass body. The cars are component vehicles built to order and delivered as a rolling chassis by Shelby American, less drive train, with a proper MSO to Planet Cobra. After delivery from Shelby American, Mr. Becker’s company can then arrange for the appropriate small or big block engine to be fitted to the car, or his customer can choose to install it. Info about options and availability can be found at www.planetcobra.com.

ABOUT PLANET COBRA

Planet Cobra is the most trusted resource for buying and selling genuine Shelbys today. The company has been in the business for over 30 years and has access to unlimited contacts, databases and insider information that can help enthusiasts buy or sell a Shelby Cobra or Mustang at the best possible price.

Stephen Becker, well-known and respected Shelby expert, is one of the most prolific authorities on Shelby automobiles. His expertise and in-depth knowledge has been tapped by clients to purchase, consign and restore original Shelbys. Becker has been retained by key auto groups and leaders to authenticate and value Shelby vehicles. More information is available at www.goplanetcobra.com.

PLANET COBRA TO SELL GENUINE 427 SHELBY COBRA AT 40TH ANNIVERSARY BARRETT-JACKSON SCOTTSDALE AUCTION

ATLANTA –January 3, 2011- Stephen Becker, president and CEO of Planet Cobra and the largest volume Shelby Cobra dealer in the world, will auction Shelby Cobra CSX4779 (VIN #4779) featuring an aluminum 427 engine at the 40th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale. The rare, big-block Cobra (Lot #1264.1) is set to cross the stage on Saturday, Jan. 22, during the live broadcast of SPEED. Planet Cobra sells authentic, new and collector Shelby Cobras to clients internationally, as well as supports Shelby parts and restoration programs for enthusiasts and collectors worldwide.

“The modern incarnation of Carroll Shelby’s ultimate weapon, the Shelby Cobra 427, retains the overwhelming performance of the original while employing modern materials and construction techniques,” said Becker. “There are not any new CSX4000 cars available today and very few pre-owned ones become available. This makes CSX4779 a rare, treasured collectible that will capture the attention of most automotive enthusiasts attending the auction.”

CSX4779 is LeMans Blue with Wimbledon White LeMans stripes. It is equipped with an all aluminum engine, robust manual transmission, independent front and rear suspension and four wheel disc brakes. CSX4779 includes the original MSO signed personally by Carroll Shelby.

Highlights include:

  • LeMans Blue fiberglass body and black interior
  • It is fully loaded with all factory available options including leather interior, etc.
  • Powered by the famous 427 c.i.d. engine that produces an estimated 455 hp
  • 5-speed transmission
  • Independent front and rear suspension
  • 4-wheel disc brakes

“With only 2,400 miles on the car and one owner, the CSX4779 will be one of the most highly prized cars at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale,” added Becker. “It’s appropriate to sell one of the most iconic cars in the world at one of the most celebrated car auctions in the world, especially during their big 40th celebration.”

ABOUT PLANET COBRA

Planet Cobra is the most trusted resource for buying and selling genuine Shelbys today. The company has been in the business for over 30 years and has access to unlimited contacts, databases and insider information that can help enthusiasts buy or sell a Shelby Cobra or Mustang at the best possible price.

Stephen Becker, well-known and respected Shelby expert, is one of the most prolific authorities on Shelby automobiles. His expertise and in-depth knowledge has been tapped by clients to purchase, consign and restore original Shelbys. Becker has been retained by key auto groups and leaders to authenticate and value Shelby vehicles. More information is available at www.goplanetcobra.com.

PROCEEDS FROM SHELBY COBRA TO BENEFIT BARRETT-JACKSON CANCER RESEARCH FUND IN MEMORY OF RUSS AND BRIAN JACKSON

ATLANTA –January 3, 2011- Planet Cobra President Stephen Becker auctioned a Shelby Cobra CSX4000 roadster at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction on Saturday, Jan. 22. $5,000, from the sale, will benefit the Barrett-Jackson Cancer Research Fund in Memory of Russ and Brian Jackson at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). The fund was created by Barrett-Jackson CEO Craig Jackson for the Phoenix-based non-profit organization to research and find cures for diseases, such as cancer, neurological disorders and diabetes.

The highest bidder took home the CSX4779, fitted in Guardsmen Blue with Wimbledon White Le Mans stripes. It is equipped with a period correct 427 side oiler engine, robust manual transmission, all-independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. CSX4779 includes the original MSO signed personally by Carroll Shelby.

Highlights include:

  • LeMans Blue fiberglass body and black interior
  • Powered by the famous 427 c.i.d. engine that produces an estimated 455 hp
  • 5-speed transmission
  • 4-wheel disc brakes
  • 2,400 miles

Thanks to Planet Cobra, the new owner now has a genuine Shelby Cobra with helping an unusual provenience while also helping in the fight against life-threatening diseases.

ABOUT PLANET COBRA

Planet Cobra is the most trusted resource for buying and selling genuine Shelbys today. The company has been in the business for over 30 years and has access to unlimited contacts, databases and insider information that can help enthusiasts buy or sell a Shelby Cobra or Mustang at the best possible price.

Stephen Becker, well-known and respected Shelby expert, is one of the most prolific authorities on Shelby automobiles. His expertise and in-depth knowledge has been tapped by clients to purchase, consign and restore original Shelbys. Becker has been retained by key auto groups and leaders to authenticate and value Shelby vehicles. More information is available at www.goplanetcobra.com.

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