50TH ANNIVERSARY SHELBY “STREET” COBRA SELLS OUT WITHIN 48 HOURS OF ANNOUNCEMENT

LAS VEGAS –January 3, 2011- Jan. 31, 2011– Within 48 hours of the official introduction of the 50th Anniversary Shelby Cobra Street Car by Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc., (CSBI.PK), all 50 cars were purchased by consumers and Shelby dealers. The Anniversary Shelby Cobra was unveiled to journalists during the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Friday, Jan. 21, 2011. The entire run of cars was snapped up when the announcement was made public in an official news release.

“The strong demand for these cars proves that the Shelby Cobra is still as desirable and sought after today as it was 50 years ago,” said John Luft, president of Shelby American. “People who didn’t have the opportunity to buy one in the 1960s jumped at the chance to own one of these very special collector’s edition Shelby’s. Although the entire factory allocation has been spoken for, a few of these anniversary cars are still available from our Shelby Cobra dealers who seized the opportunity and bought multiple cars.”

Shelby American ceased manufacturing the original small block Cobra in 1965. In 1996, Carroll Shelby returned it to the streets as the CSX8000 continuation series Shelby Cobra. The cars incorporate safety and performance improvements without sacrificing originality. The Cobras retain the authentic style leaf spring suspension but are upgraded to contemporary standards while the bodies are available in aluminum or fiberglass. Cobras can be ordered from an official Shelby Cobra dealer. Each car is built to order with the customer choosing body color and stripe configuration; it is delivered as a rolling chassis, less drive train, with a 1962 MSO. The continuation Shelby Cobra can be fitted with a proper drive train by a customer or dealer.

The limited edition street Cobras will all be painted “Shelby black” with a rich wine colored leather interior, special 50th Anniversary badges, wire wheels, Wilton Wool carpeting, modern brake discs and a stronger frame. MSRP for the 50th Anniversary Shelby Cobra starts at $69,995 for a fiberglass or $134,995 for an aluminum bodied car, without drive train. Information about the car can be found at http://shelbyamerican.com/50th.asp.

ABOUT SHELBY AMERICAN

Founded by legend Carroll Shelby, Shelby American manufactures and markets performance vehicles and related products. The company manufactures authentic continuation Cobras, including the 427 S/C, 289 FIA and 289 street car component vehicles. The company offers the GT350 and GT500 Super Snake post-title packages for the current generation Ford Mustang. For more information, visit www.shelbyamerican.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 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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PLANET COBRA CHOOSES RESURGENS BANK OF ATLANTA FOR EXCLUSIVE MANAGEMENT OF CORPORATE ACCOUNTS

ATLANTA –May 8, 2009 - Stephen Becker, president and CEO of Planet Cobra has chosen Resurgens Bank of Atlanta to exclusively handle all of his corporate and personal accounts. Planet Cobra sells authentic, new and collector Shelby Cobras and Shelby Mustangs to clients internationally, as well as supports Shelby parts and restoration programs for enthusiasts and collectors worldwide.

“I was impressed with the presentation by the Resurgens Bank team,” said Becker. “They have the business savvy, conservative approach and fiscal responsibility that I need to conduct both my personal and corporate business affairs. Working together, I’m confident we can grow my business and safeguard my assets.”

Resurgens Bank has combined the reliability, lending capabilities and financial expertise of traditional institutions with the technology and flexibility required today. Locally owned and managed, customers can interact directly with those responsible for decisions that impact their life and business. Resurgens Bank also offers the technology and tools that allow customers to manage their accounts without ever having to leave home.

“We’re committed to taking the time to understand each person’s unique circumstances and financial goals,” said Resurgens Bank’s senior vice president Patrick Putman. “Even in these difficult economic times, our community remains one of the most vibrant and dynamic in metro Atlanta. Entrepreneurs like Stephen Becker will lead job creation and opportunity as the economy begins to rebound. We’re proud to be his banking partner.”

ABOUT RESURGENS BANK

Resurgens Bank, established in 2008, is one of Atlanta’s newest financial institutions with a philosophy to serve each and every client with the attention to detail that is not found at any bank of any size. The bank serves individuals as well as small and medium-sized businesses, their owners, families, employees and executives throughout Atlanta from their headquarters in the Northlake area of DeKalb County.

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 TO CELEBRATE NEW MUSEUM AND ADVANCED ENGINEERING CENTER WITH MEDIA TOURS DURING SHELBY BASH

LAS VEGAS – January 7, 2009 - A major attraction has been born in Las Vegas and Shelby Automobiles, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI.PK), will conduct media tours this Friday to show off its recently completed expansion at the factory in Las Vegas. The company recently completed a new Advanced Engineering Center and renovation of its museum. This expansion significantly enhances the company’s capabilities while also paying homage to the rich heritage of Carroll Shelby and his companies over the past 85 years. Media tours will be conducted on January 9 from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway campus during the “Shelby Bash” this weekend.

“The recent opening of the Shelby Café was the first step in making the Shelby facility a major attraction,” noted Amy Boylan, president of Shelby Automobiles. “Now we’ve finished the second phase of our expansion. From historical vehicles to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway road course, our campus represents all aspects of the Shelby lifestyle. So it’s appropriate to commemorate this new Las Vegas attraction during the annual Shelby Bash.”

The Shelby Bash will gather enthusiasts from around the globe to celebrate the opening of the redesigned factory museum at the Las Vegas factory on January 8-11, 2009. The four day event will include a car cruise from Los Angeles, chili cook-off, car show, open track sessions, a drive to Barrett-Jackson and museum tours.

“The redesigned museum was expanded to include interactive displays, as well as exhibits of historic and current Shelby cars,” explained Boylan. “From the first Cobra to the latest Ford Shelby GT500 ‘Super Snake’ and the Ford GT prototype, the museum celebrates the life and cars of Carroll Shelby. We’re planning revolving exhibits to keep the experience fresh so a trip to the museum will continue to top the list for anyone visiting Las Vegas.”

A Shelby Heritage Center is under development as part of the new museum. There, the public will have access to records, data and memorabilia from Mr. Carroll Shelby’s racing career and vehicles built by his companies. Records, including a registry, will be available for review on-site.

The Advanced Engineering Center is another key part of a major expansion at Shelby Automobiles. “Our success building Cobras, the Series 1 and Ford Mustang based supercars led to the need for an Advanced Engineering Center,” stated Gary Davis, vice president of production for Shelby Automobiles. “This facility combines the most sophisticated engineering with the common sense approach of the American hot rodder. The team will prototype and engineer new concepts that will keep the Shelby name competitive for years to come.”

The Advanced Engineering Center will eventually become the heart of the world famous Shelby Automobiles factory and mod shop. There, the company turns out a limited number of genuine Shelby Cobras, GT500KRs, Terlingua Racing Team Shelbys and Shelby Super Snakes.

Private media tours can be arranged by contacting Scott Black with TimePiece Public Relations & Marketing at (214) 520-3430.

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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TWO COBRAS SELL FOR $4.35M ACCORDING TO REPORT

ATLANTA –January 7, 2009 - According to Hagerty’s Cars That Matter, two Shelby Cobras have sold for over $4.35M during the first weekend in January 2009, further solidifying the Shelby brand and the investment value of the Cobra.

“The first weekend of the New Year saw a reported world record price for a 427 SC Cobra at auction plus a ‘no surprise’ price on a well turned out 289. The 427 SC Cobra, CSX 3021, was offered to the sale as the first 427 SC Cobra built and sold for a reported $3,780,000 at auction in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on January 3rd. This is said to be a world-record price for an open Cobra without race history and when verified, will fill the record book on many scores,” Cars That Matter reports.

The article further noted that, “the gold-colored 427 SC, one of only two built in that color, was also featured on the Cobra Caravan, a Shelby roadshow when the car was new. Said to be a one owner car with just 3,800 miles, it was presented at auction late in the sale on Saturday evening where it sold to a buyer in attendance at the event, held in the War Memorial Auditorium. The same bidder also reportedly bought CSX 2311 for $572,400. This dark green 289 featured some unusual options including dual carbs, painted and not chromed wire wheels and an original Cobra radio. Phone calls and an email sent to the auction sponsor and the auction company, Hollywood Wheels Auctions and Shows, have not been returned at this time.”

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 HELPS SHELBY AND MUSTANG OWNERS SECURE MARKET VALUE AT LAS VEGAS BARRETT-JACKSON

LAS VEGAS – November 17, 2008 - Stephen Becker, president and CEO of Planet Cobra, a factory-authorized Shelby Automobiles dealership, was tapped for his expertise by the owners of a 1967 Shelby GT500 E Super Snake Fastback and 1967 Ford Mustang Custom Fastback to help maximize their auction block value during the recent Barrett-Jackson Auction in Las Vegas. Planet Cobra sells authentic new and collector Shelby Cobras, Shelby Mustangs, as well as supports Shelby parts and restoration programs for enthusiasts and collectors worldwide.

“Even though the financial climate is full of invariables, collectible performance vehicles continue to be seen as a long-term investment by many enthusiasts,” noted Becker. “This is because muscle and performance car collectors are will sacrifice in other areas of their lives in order to enjoy their true passion. The figures that my clients’ Mustang and Shelby fetched during the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Las Vegas demonstrated this historical trend.”

Becker was tapped to represent two significant vehicles for the inaugural Las Vegas auction. The first was an authentic ’67 Shelby GT500 E Super Snake, which is only one of three in its unique color combination. It is also the only GT500 E Super Snake Continuation Shelby to be released with the original ’67 hood, the engine engraved with Shelby’s name and the radiator and fender tag engraved with the serial number. The car, which was built and licensed by Carroll Shelby, has only 854 miles since it was completed and includes induction and cooling upgrades. The Super Snake sold at the event for $187,000, placing it among the top cars sold during the week.

“I’ve been fortunate to represent some very fine Shelby Mustangs over the past 33 years,” said Becker. “After a complete inspection and analysis of the Super Snake, I knew it was a special find, particularly because of the car’s exclusivity. Through research, I was able to determine the car’s history and found that while 75 of these Super Snake models were planned, only 35 were actually built. Understanding the background of this Super Snake certainly provided added value to my client.”

The second vehicle Becker represented during the auction was a ’67 Ford Mustang Custom Fastback. The “S” code muscle car was transformed to a Shelby GT500 re-creation, which includes difficult to find in-board lights. The build was outstanding and includes all of the authentic Shelby parts, including the period correct 428 Police Interceptor engine with two 4-barrel carbs. The Fastback also includes a correct top-loader, 4-speed and 3.25 ratio rear end. The vehicle sold for $67,100.

“I can appreciate why the consignor asked Stephen to explain the unique value of each of these cars when they crossed our auction block,” added Steve Davis, president of the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company. “It is a very wise thing to work with a recognized expert when authenticating vintage Shelby’s and Mustangs, as well as any collector vehicle. Potential buyers appreciate the fact that the provenance and authenticity of a vehicle are represented accurately, and as a result provide additional confidence to bid accordingly. Stephen’s expertise was a valuable asset in obtaining optimum value for these two special cars”.

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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FIRST MID-AMERICA FORD PERFORMANCE AND TEAM SHELBY MEET TO WELCOME AMERICAN LEGENDS TO THE HEARTLAND

TULSA – June 5, 2008 - A group of America’s greatest automotive performance legends will help make the first Team Shelby Nationals one of the most spectacular automotive events of the year. Icons Carroll Shelby, Tom Yeager, Alan Grant and Bill Neale will appear at various times throughout the event on June 12-15, 2008, at the Mid-America Ford Performance and Team Shelby Nationals in Tulsa, Okla. Over 30,000 people are expected to attend the evolution of what has been the pre-eminent Ford and Shelby show during the past 34 years to see Mr. Shelby and the other stars.

“Shelby Automobiles only wants to partner with the best, so it was natural for us to team with the wonderful people at the Mid-America Ford Performance and Shelby Meet to create the Team Shelby Nationals,” said Carroll Shelby, founder of Shelby Automobiles and the first member of Team Shelby. “The goal was to create an event that would deliver more ways for Shelby enthusiasts to enjoy a high-octane lifestyle. Working with Jim Wicks, Randy Roberts and David Apgar, we’ve created a weekend that will show all of the Shelby, Ford and Mustang fans across the country how much we appreciate them with lots of fun activities to enjoy their cars.”

The longest-running, multi-faceted event of its kind, the Mid-America Ford Performance and Shelby Meet began as a picnic hosted by Jim Wicks and a group of diehard enthusiasts in 1974. Today, it has blossomed into a multi-day event with drag racing, road racing exhibitions, a trade show, a cruise night, car show and a banquet. The agreement with the event organizers was finalized earlier this month.

“Over the years, some of the most important people, companies and cars have been part of the Mid-America Meet,” said event founder and organizer, Jim Wicks. “With the evolution of the event to include the Team Shelby Nationals, we’ll have the highest profile people and most important companies represented at the event this year. We’re especially pleased that high ranking executives with Ford Motor Company, along with Carroll Shelby and his Shelby Autos team will be part of the festivities.”

The Mid-America Ford Performance and Shelby Meet has hosted some of the most famous names in racing. Luminaries that have appeared include Cobra pilots Dick Smith, Lew Spencer and Don Roberts, chassis design engineer Robert Negstad, former SCCA B production national champion Walt Hane, noted automotive artist Bill Neale, designer Larry Shinoda, author and racing driver Rick Titus, SVT Manager John Coletti and Ford executive Robert Parker.

Team Shelby is the only club officially recognized by the factory for all vehicles built by Shelby. The organization is directed by Robert Lane and Sharon Elliott. Members don’t need to own a Shelby to be a member, just share a “life needs more” attitude and celebrate all high performance Shelbys.

“We launched the club on Mr. Shelby’s 85th birthday in January this year and will move into the fast lane during this event,” added Mr. Lane. “In just a few months, we’ve attracted over 2,400 members. We expect most of them to be part of the historic first Team Shelby Nationals along with the tens of thousands of other Ford and Shelby fans. Our goal is to make this the template for other regional and local activities to help members maximize the pleasure of owning a Shelby car.”

The 2008 Nationals currently will feature:

  • High Performance Shelby driving school on Wednesday at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit
  • 3 days of open track action at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit from Wednesday – Friday
  • Car cruise on Thursday evening in Tulsa
  • 1 day of drag racing at Tulsa Raceway Park on Saturday
  • Banquet on Saturday night
  • Parts swap meet and vendor areas at the track and host hotel
  • Car Show at the Tulsa Southern Hills Marriott on Sunday
  • Autograph session with Carroll Shelby and special guests on Saturday and Sunday

ABOUT TEAM SHELBY

Team Shelby is the only club officially recognized by the factory (www.shelbyautos.com) for all vehicles built by Shelby. The group offers a wide variety of activities, ranging from track days to factory tours. The enthusiast community features a cutting-edge Web site hosting videos, forums, podcasts, exclusive news and briefings; an on-line Shelby registry is also planned. Information is available at www.teamshelby.com and www.midamericafordmeet.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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