Shelby celebrates 85th birthday with Commemorative GT40

Celebrating Carroll Shelby’s 85th birthday, Shelby will reproduce the three 1966 Shelby American GT40 race cars that won a number of titles in American automotive racing history. The new GT40’s chassis is almost an exact replica of the original race car besides the use of the electro-galvanized sheet steel in the construction.

The Shelby 85 Commemorative GT40 is built to accommodate only Shelby branded engines and the top of the line engine includes the Shelby 427FE V8.

Available in three colors including Arcadian Blue, Black with Sold Silver and Red with Solid White, Shelby will only 85 units of each color. The standard Shelby 85th Commemorative GT40 is as close to a race car as one can get to driving on the street. However a race version is also available that comes with roll bar, fuel cell and A/C delete.

Shelby 85th Commemorative GT40:

   

         

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Chassis/Body

The GT40®’s chassis is a near-exact replication of the original race car’s monocoque unibody structure down to the pressed steel roof. The only departure is the use of electro-galvanized sheet steel in the construction. The chassis, at over 12,000 pounds per degree, is stiffer than any other chassis on the market, and is made of over 244 laser cut and bent or pressed parts.

Engine/Transmission

The Shelby 85th Commemorative GT40® is built to accommodate only a Shelby branded engine. The top of the line engine includes the Shelby 427FE V8.

Original Style Suspension

The Shelby 85th Commemorative GT40® features an original style fully independent suspension system utilizing an unequal length A-arm design. The coilover system utilizes H&R springs and Bilstein shocks that are fully adjustable as well as the front and rear anti-roll bars. Ride height can be changed from 4.125 to 4.75 inches.

Wheels/Tires/Brakes

Incredible braking performance is achieved through vented Wilwood super light brakes. Both front and rear brakes feature 12.75″ discs and 4-piston calipers. Original style 15-inch Halibrand wheels are wrapped with high performance BFGoodrich g-Force Drag Radial tires, 225/50/15 front, 275/60/15 rear.

Interior

The interior features original style seats with rivets and 4-point racing harness seat belts. A racing style dash features Smith gauges, and the pedal box, instruments, quick-release 14-inch steering wheel, and dash accurately replicate the original.

Unique 85th Commemorative Edition GT40® Features

The MKII Shelby GT40®’s will be based on the following cars. Only 85 of each color will be issued.

Car #1, Chassis P/1015: Arcadian Blue, White Stripes/Dark Blue borders, and Dayglo Red Fender Flashes
Car #2, Chassis P/1046: Black with solid Silver Stripes and White Roundels
Car #3, Chassis P/1047 Red with solid White Stripes and Roundels

Features Include:

– Record sale into the Shelby Registry
– Shelby MSO and dash plaque
– Carroll Shelby engraved door handles
– Carroll Shelby etched left and right front headlight covers
– Roundels with 85 number decals
– Leather seating
– Hood wind diffusers
– CS GT40® numbered plaque
– CS GT40® side sill graphics
– Carroll Shelby signature floor and sill mats
– 85th Commemorative hood badge
– 85th Special Edition decal
– Available in right and left hand drive

Available Race Version

While the standard Shelby 85th Commemorative GT40® is as close to a race car as one can get to driving on the street, a race version is also available. This package comes with a roll bar, fuel cell and A/C delete.