<b>1997 Shelby Aurora V8 CAN-AM</b>
Lot 163
From the Private Collection of Carroll Shelby
1997 Shelby Aurora V8 CAN-AM
Sold for US$ 100,800 inc. premium

Lot Details
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1997 Shelby Aurora V8 CAN-AM

244ci DOHC Oldsmobile L47 Aurora V8
Computer Controlled Fuel Injection
500bhp at 6,500rpm
Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*From the personal collection of Carroll Shelby
*The only Shelby Aurora V8 racecar
*Designed for the Shelby CAN-AM series
*Incredible power to weight ratio


THE SHELBY CAN-AM

In 1990 Shelby returned to his racing roots and designed a Dodge-powered CAN-AM spec race car. The cars were designed to be an inexpensive way for people to enter the racing scene. The chassis were built by Racefab Inc. of Rusk, Texas and housed a 3.3 liter 60 degree Dodge V6 in a special racing configuration making 255hp. Originally, the plan was to produce two versions of this car, with the 255hp version for the entry circuit and a significantly more powerful 500hp model for the brave. Since all the cars were identical, the winners were to be the people with the best talent, not the team with the most funding. The engines had Shelby seals on them ensuring that they could only be repaired by Shelby and that all the engines stayed mechanically identical.

The first race was a demonstration event during the SCCA National Championship Runoffs. The Shelby Can-Am class, and a pro series were launched by the SCCA in 1991. The pro series ran for six years.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

The Shelby Aurora V8 Can-Am car is a 1 of 1 configuration that was built by Shelby as a concept for the uprated 500hp Can-Am racer. The car was built using the powerful 32 valve DOHC V8 that was used in the Shelby series 1. Paying homage to the engine supplier, the lightweight body was painted in Oldsmobile Centennial Silver. The Shelby Aurora V8 car is the only one of its kind built by Shelby and aside from the time spent testing at Willow Springs, it has laid dormant in Carroll's collection. When considering the car's incredible provenance and amount of fun it would be on the track, it is hard to think of a better weekend toy. In addition to the bragging rights of owning a one off Shelby race car, the car is offered with a Shelby vehicle authenticity certificate certifying that the car was owned by Carroll Shelby.

Footnotes

  • Offered on a bill of sale.

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