Category Archives: 2010 Press Release

SHELBY MUSTANG EXPERT STEPHEN BECKER TO AUCTION RARE GT500 AT 3RD ANNUAL BARRETT-JACKSON LAS VEGAS AUCTION

ATLANTA –Sept. 16, 2010 - Shelby Mustang expert Stephen Becker will auction an original 1970 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang at the 3rd annual Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Collector Car Auction at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The Shelby GT500 (Lot #670), from Becker’s personal inventory, will sell at No Reserve on Saturday, Sept. 25. Becker is also president and CEO of Planet Cobra, which specializes in current production Shelby Cobras.

“With its 428 CJ engine, ventilated front disc brakes and rare color, this GT500 incorporates several unique components in a combination not found in other muscle cars,” said Becker. “This big block is truly a special one-of-one Shelby that will cross the block at one of the world’s greatest collector car auctions. It will be a pleasure to celebrate the ingenuity embodied in Carroll Shelby’s vehicles with other enthusiasts who have a sincere appreciation for pure, unbridled performance.”

The muscle car is Grabber Green with white stripes and a black deluxe interior, making it the only 1970 GT500 produced in this color combination. The car still has most of its original components, such as the smog system, radiator, fan and starter, warranty card, work orders, etc. This one-owner car has no rust or accident history.

Highlights include:

  • Grabber green with white stripes and black deluxe interior
  • Original owner documentation including service records, warranty records, etc.
  • Automatic transmission
  • Documented in Shelby Registry

“This original GT500 fastback is an outstanding vehicle with original smog equipment, as well as matching numbers for the transmission, engine and rear, making this a great investment for those who value a genuine Shelby Mustang,” added Becker. “The Shelby is well documented and offers a serious collector the opportunity to own one of the last original GT500s.”

More information can be found at www.goplanetcobra.com and www.genuineshelby.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.

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PLANET COBRA TO SELL GENUINE 427 SHELBY COBRA AT 3RD ANNUAL BARRETT-JACKSON LAS VEGAS AUCTION

ATLANTA –Sept. 14, 2010 - – Stephen Becker, president and CEO of Planet Cobra and the highest volume Shelby Cobra dealer in the world, will auction Shelby Cobra CSX6060 featuring a period correct cast iron side oiler engine at the 3rd Annual Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Collector Car Auction at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The Cobra (Lot #665) is set to cross the block on Saturday, Sept. 25. 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.

“This Cobra from the Shelby American facility in Las Vegas is true to the ones Carroll Shelby built over 40 years ago,” said Becker. “CSX6060 is more than a dream car. It’s a piece of American automotive genius. This Cobra’s timeless design and earth-shaking performance will fetch a great deal of attention and is a promising investment for serious collectors.”

CSX6060 is 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. CSX6060 includes the original MSO signed personally by Carroll Shelby.

The car has an intriguing history. In 1966, Edward Milkos decided to order the ’67 Shelby for drag racing. After the car was delivered on Feb. 27, 1967, he spent the next two years competing in races. Unfortunately, his racing career ended when he suffered a serious injury. By the time Milkos healed, fuel prices had dramatically rose, and the car was stored in his basement. Thirty years later, Milkos decided to trade in the Shelby to Becker for a late model Jaguar.

Highlights include:

  • Le Mans Blue with black interior
  • Powered by the famous 427 c.i.d. side-oiler engine that produces an estimated 550 horsepower
  • 5-speed transmission
  • Original MSO signed by Carroll Shelby
  • Capable of 0-60 runs in under three seconds

“This must-have continuation Cobra will turn heads at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Las Vegas just like it did in the ’60s,” noted Becker. “Collector car enthusiasts who didn’t have the means or the chance to buy one then will have a second chance to relive their youth by buying this Cobra, at this year’s Barrett-Jackson Auction in Las Vegas.”

More information can be found at www.goplanetcobra.com and www.genuineshelby.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.

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RARE ‘67 SHELBY GT500 SURVIVOR CAR FROM THE LAS VEGAS SHELBY AMERICAN MUSEUM ON NATIONAL TOUR

ATLANTA –August 11, 2010 - A rare ’67 Mustang that has been on display at the Shelby American Museum in Las Vegas is on a limited national tour that includes The Quail – A Motorsport Gathering and the Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC) annual convention. The tour will begin on Friday, Aug. 13, and run through Aug. 29. The Shelby currently has 9,841 miles and may be one of the lowest mileage ’67 Shelby GT500’s in existence.

The Shelby is owned by Stephen Becker, president and CEO of Planet Cobra. He specializes in selling current production Shelby Cobras, as well as 1965 – 1970 Shelby Mustangs to clients internationally.

“This car was the third GT500 produced at the Shelby American factory,” said Becker. “From its design and performance to its heritage and history, there’s truly nothing like it. I’m pleased that the car was invited to exhibit at the prestigious Quail event and will then be shared with enthusiasts at the upcoming SAAC convention. The car is truly a special survivor that should be at such an important celebration for the 45th anniversary of the Mustang-based Shelbys.”

The car has an intriguing history. In 1966, Edward Milkos decided to order the ’67 Shelby for drag racing. After the car was delivered on Feb. 27, 1967, he spent the next two years competing in races. Unfortunately, his racing career ended when he suffered a serious injury. By the time Milkos healed, fuel prices had dramatically rose, and the car was stored in his basement. Thirty years later, Milkos decided to trade in the Shelby to Becker for a late model Jaguar.

This 1967 GT500 is a Nightmist Blue with black interior, a color combination highly desired by collectors. It is loaded with a 428 Police Interceptor engine with a dual four-barrel carburetion. The car still has its original paint, wheel, tires and drive-train.

Highlights include:

  • Nightmist Blue with black interior
  • 4-speed manual transmission
  • All original documentation including NJ license place and 1970 inspection sticker
  • Consecutive Shelby production number

“This original, unrestored, well documented, low mileage vehicle is one of the rarest Shelby’s ever built and one of my most prized possessions,” noted Becker. “I’m privileged to share something so highly prized by collectors, enthusiasts and automotive historians. I believe that the car will be a wonderful draw at the two national events.”

More information can be found at www.goplanetcobra.com and www.genuineshelby.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.

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SHELBY AUTOS BECOMES SHELBY AMERICAN

LAS VEGAS –January 2010 - 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.”

Since 2006, Shelby Automobiles has been building small and big block Cobras. The company also worked with Ford Motor Company to build 1,571 total 2008 and 2009 Ford Shelby GT500KRs and approximately 5,500 total 2007-2008 Ford Shelby GT Mustangs. Shelby Automobiles also built 500 Shelby GT-H coupes in 2006 and 500 Shelby GT-H convertibles in 2007 for the Hertz Corporation.

Shelby American will continue to offer the small block street (CSX8000), FIA (CSX7000) and big block Cobras (CSX6000). The company also will offer the Super Snake, Prudhomme drag racing edition and “SE” post-title package for the 2007-2010 Ford Shelby GT500. Fans can also have a post-title Terlingua Racing Team package installed on 2005-2009 V6 Ford Mustangs or the “SR” package for 2005-2009 Ford Mustang GTs. The Shelby “SC” and “SR” post title packages are also available for the 2007 and 2008 Shelby GT.

ABOUT SHELBY AMERICAN

Founded by legend Carroll Shelby, Shelby American Inc., (www.shelbyamerican.com) manufactures and markets performance vehicles and related products. 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 is at www.carrollshelbyinternational.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.

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