1990 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 Dodge-powered Shelby Can Am cars still exist out of the original 76 built. This car is one of them, chassis number 14.
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.
Chassis #14 is still in its original configuration and livery from 1990. It is like a time capsule. It still has its original sealed Shelby engine and Weisman 4 speed transaxle.
The Shelby has been maintained for the past several years by a former F1 mechanic. All mechanical systems have been serviced and function correctly. It can be driven right now, but should be thoroughly checked over before racing at competitive speeds.
The fiberglass body is unrestored and has a track patina, including stone chips and stress cracks but no crash damage. It is as it was from original, back in its debut in 1990.
The original SCCA Can Am logbook comes with the car.
The Shelby Can Am will be welcome at scores of vintage racing events. It is a real attention getter from both fans and other drivers. They are super rare, yet easy to maintain and durable.
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 the opportunity.
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