1991 Shelby Can Am
A genuine Shelby race car for under $30,000.00. See video of first race at 1990 SCCA Runoffs
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. Peter Brock also penned the famous Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe for Shelby in the mid-1960’s. 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. Click on the video below to see the car racing at this event. The Shelby race starts at 41:04 in the video, and this Shelby appears at 42:12. As you can 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. Shelby Can Am History and South African Endurance Racing Results.
It is estimated that as few as 41 original, Dodge-powered, Shelbys still exist worldwide. This car is one of them.
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.
We see this as one of those opportunities that most of us will miss and later regret. For example, we purchased a tired 289 Shelby Cobra race car in the late 1990’s for the crazy price of $125,000.00. We sold it 15 years later for just shy of $1,000,000.00. One of the Peter Brock-designed Daytona Coupes sold back in 2009 for over $7,000,000.00. This Shelby Can Am car comes from the same guys, Carroll Shelby and Peter Brock, and carries the famous Shelby name right on it.
This Carroll Shelby/Peter Brock designed Shelby Can Am racing car is available for less than $30,000.00. We think all of us, except the person who buys this Shelby, will be kicking ourselves years from now for not picking this car up at this price when we had the chance. Just 76 were built. How many are left in the world now? We have seen one estimate of 41.
The Shelby Can Am will be welcome 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. However it is also this rarity that organizers seek to enhance their paddocks and their events. This car will definitely be a draw for spectators and other racers alike. It could also get you into important international events because of its Shelby history and rarity.
The car is also fabulous for Shelby American Automobile Club (“SAAC”) events. It is both an entry ticket and a real crowd pleaser because of its rarity and performance. Imagine having a genuine Shelby race car at these events for just $29,000.00. We have little four cylinder formula car engines that cost more than that.
So if you would like a piece of Shelby racing history, a later chapter in the famous Ford vs. Ferrari Shelby racing story, this is your opportunity.