Shelby America revives the Super Snake

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Words: Nile Bijoux   |   Photos Shelby American via Facebook
18 May 2018

Continuation cars are hot right now. Only recently it was announced that the Yenko Camaro would be making a comeback, and now it’s Ford’s turn. Or, rather, Shelby’s.

“We’re fulfilling the dream of Carroll Shelby and Don McCain,” said Shelby American president Gary Patterson.

“Shelby built an engineering study dubbed the ‘Super Snake’ for high-speed tyre testing by Goodyear in 1967. When that successful test ended, Shelby American offered it to Mel Burns Ford in So Cal to retail to the public. Former Shelby American employee Don McCain approached Shelby about doing a limited run of cars. They carefully studied the idea but, sadly, the timing did not work because the car was too expensive. The program never came to fruition, until now.”

Ten lucky buyers will pay Shelby America 250,000 of their American dollars to hold the keys for a “new” 1967 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake. Just like the original, the new cars will have a 427-cubic inch V8 with either an aluminium or iron engine block, making 410kW - up from the rumoured 387kW of the original. The power is routed through a four-speed manual transmission to the rear wheels, and the whole thing is stopped by disc brakes.

Each Super Snake will also receive a Shelby serial number for the official registry, and a dash plaque featuring both Carroll Shelby’s and Don McCain’s signatures. McCain signed the 10 plaques before his passing a few years ago.

“Shelby American’s line-up of vehicles today is the most diverse in our 56-year history,” said Joe Conway, CEO of Shelby American. “From high-tech modern muscle to off-road super trucks, track day thrill rides and heritage cars like the continuation 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake, we offer something for everyone who wants to be best in class.”

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