Impressive cars, impressive museum, impressive number of errors: "...endurance program was shuddered."; "...are on display curtesy of the..."; "...Depending on who you ask..."; "Delivery Flacon"; "Beautifully complimenting...". And probably others.
And was the "...2.0-liter six-cylinder found in the base Ace..." a WWI-era engine or WWII?
That is what I was thinking. Some, like the GLHS, CSX ('87 and '89) and the '88 CSX-T, were all made in the Whittier factory and are just as much, if not more so, a real Shelby as these are. Too bad, that would really make it a complete collection.
I shutter to think of what the entire collection is worth. 😉
Seriously though, that’s got to be one of the best collections on the planet. They really need to let me take that zero-mile GT out for a few years and break it in for them. On a more serious note, I always wondered what the word “SAC” in “cul-de-sac” stood for.
I had the pleasure of touring the museum a few years ago as part of the Colorodan's Rod Run and while I was there they fired up the blue GT40 and the sounds from that car were the most incredible I have ever heard and I have spent considerable time at many race tracks.
Great collection of Carroll Shelby's most important creations. Also on display is GT104, once belonging to friend Greg Lonberger. Unfortunately, Greg died before he could finish the work. He was a talented craftsman, as I watched him restore a Cobra 427SC that had been wrecked and literally rolled up into a ball. He straightened every piece, including the aluminum body. To show off his work, he ran the car for several years in bare polished aluminum. Not a single sign of how badly the body had been crumpled was evident. About 1985, Greg brought the car to a vintage race event I was chairing at Blackhawk Farms Raceway. On the Saturday practice, he spun in turn four and backed the car into the tire barrier, and pushed in the right rear fender. After dinner that night, he went back to the motel and straightened the damage using a soft leather mallet and a piece of a 2x4. At the Sunday morning tech-in, the car looked as perfect as it had the morning before.
Great collection, but it is missing some critical Shelby Dodge cars. Some cars like the GLHS, CSX ('87 and '89) and the '88 CSX-T, were all made in the Whittier factory and are just as much, if not more so, a real Shelby as these are. Too bad, that would really make it a complete collection.
I live about a 5min walk from this place - it only took me a month or two before my first visit (unpacking and all). They have a great party Sept 26th this year (My first year I went before covid and was talking to this nice guy about parents and cars - He was Shelby's son (go Figure!) If you're ever in the area, go visit. There is a brewery (7 actually) near by - Avery for those who don't care about cars. The people there are passionate and will happily tell you stories behind the cars. My own personal story: I donated a GT350 limited slip that my dad had for his '64.5 fastback, which was totaled long before I was born. You can see some of the parts in the racing corner.
Jeepers this has to be among the most, if not the most valuable dollar value per square foot room anywhere. According to a superficial Google query sinkholes are rare in Colorado but considering what's at stake I say a test bore is justified.
Also: I'm gratified that real writers, not just me, can use "futzing".
Unfortunately the author of the story on the Shelby American Collection is perpetuating a couple urban legends. CSX2000 was not painted many colors for the press to believe there were more cars built. CSX2000 was first presented in bare aluminum. It was then paint yellow for the NY auto show. And finally painted the present blue. There are no known photos of the car in any other color. The Prefix of CSX does not stand for Carroll Shelby Experimental. 'C' was for the third generation of the Ace. A for Ace, B for Bristol and C for Cobra. 'S' did stand for Shelby and 'X' stood for export. A Cobra built for the UK (RHD) was a COB and ones built for Europe in LHD were COX. This is explained in the SAAC World Registry of Cobras.
Awesome cars - the ACs ,Cobras and GT40s. (And for sentimental reasons - any Falcon). Wonder if January's Marshall fire, just 6 miles due south, gave them pause? At least, they are just across the Diagonal, (2 mi.) from the Reservoir