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Cars For Sale / 1991 Original Shelby Can Am
« on: March 25, 2021, 08:01:34 PM »
I am sure that many members will know much more about these Shelby Can Am cars than I do, but let me share what I know with you.

In 1989 the Sports Car Club of America (“SCCA”) began a program with Carrol Shelby to develop a new single make sports racing car to revive the Can-Am Series. Carroll Shelby and Peter Brock designed the original bodywork. The tube frame chassis was designed by David Bruns, one of the founders of the highly successful racing car design/manufacturing business, Swift Cars. Assembly was carried out by Racefab, Inc.

The first race was a demonstration race held during the 1990 SCCA National Championship Runoffs. This car ran at that inaugural event, and the entry appears in the car’s original logbook. More information on how to access the video is below. As you will see from the photos, the car is still in its original livery from that inaugural race.

In 1991 the Shelby Can-Am class, and a pro series were launched by SCCA.  The pro series ran for six years

Thereafter, in 1998, 29 Shelbys were shipped to South Africa to compete in the new Vodacom sports racing serious, part of the Pro-Tour. The South African cars were upgraded to the Nissan VQ 3.5 liter V6. In race trim these engines were producing 300 h.p.

In 2008 the South African Shelbys received new, Le Mans-style bodywork. The cars raced in this configuration in endurance races through at least 2015.

It is estimated that as few as 41 original, Dodge-powered, Shelbys still exist worldwide. This car is one of them.

Specs:

The Shelby has a robust tube frame chassis with upper and lower unequal length tubular steel A-arms, aluminum uprights and adjustable roll bar

The Dodge 3.3 liter sealed racing engine is mated to a 4 speed Weisman transaxle. For more information on the Dodge 3.3 liter racing engine please go to AllPar.com, Shelby Racing. The car weighs in at 1,870 lbs.

This is chassis #14 of a total production of 76 cars. It is in original condition and original livery with the original sealed Shelby engine and Weisman 4 speed transaxle.

The Shelby has been maintained by a former F1 mechanic.  All mechanical systems have been serviced and function correctly.  The fiberglass body is unrestored and has a track patina, including stone chips and stress cracks but no crash damage. 

The original SCCA Can Am logbook comes with the car.

I think this is one of those opportunities that most of us will miss and later regret. We all know what has happened to the values of genuine Shelby racing machines over the past decades. We will probably all be kicking ourselves years from now for not picking this car up at this price when we had the chance. Just 76 were built. Maybe only 41 are left?

This car can run at scores of vintage racing events, although do not expect to have your own, stand alone grid of Shelby Can Am cars to compete with. They are too rare unless maybe a Shelby Can Am Reunion was organized. 

So if you would like a piece of Shelby racing history, I do not think there is probably a better bargain anywhere. Spending $29,000 now not only gets you the car that you can race, and take to track day events, it also locks in you in at a bargain basement price and preserves your future options. At this price you can always get out of it, or you can race it, and likely watch its value climb.

For many more photos, and links to videos, please go to MotorsportSMarket.com. You can also try this link: https://motorsportsmarket.com/racecars/1991-shelby-can-am/

Additionally, feel free to call me at 707-328-2452. Thank you!


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