SHELBY South Africa is applying the finishing touches to a custom-made Shelby Speedster, with the first local customer expected to take delivery this month.
The Shelby Speedster represents the peak of exclusivity for the brand, with production limited to 98 units for the American market and 25 for others – including three Speedsters set to arrive in South Africa.
“The Speedster is unlike anything we’ve built before,” said CEO Peter Lindenberg.
“Being able to get our hands on one of these, from such a limited number, is a real honour. And, it wouldn’t have been possible were it not for the excellent work that our team has been producing,” Lindenberg said.
“We have seen positive response to our Shelby vehicles at events like the Knysna Hillclimb. Unique halo models will continue to push us forward, and highlight all aspects of Shelby South Africa. It has been 10 years since founder Carroll Shelby passed away, and this feels like the greatest tribute we could have asked for,” Lindenberg added.
The new local Speedster owner, who preferred not to be named, could not wait for her limited-edition Shelby.
“The men in my family are car-crazy, and I wanted something to have some fun with. The brand has been top-of-mind for me since the film Ford v Ferrari was released, and the Speedster is a unique and special convertible to enjoy on the beautiful Cape roads,” the owner said.
The Shelby Speedster transforms a Mustang Convertible into a two-seater roadster, with a hard top tonneau system that can be removed within minutes.
Its presence is also amplified by a wide-body aero kit, that serves a functional purpose of accommodating the wider tyres that give the car its menacing stance.
Underneath its eye-catching design lives a number of performance and handling upgrades that closely mimic the latest version of the Shelby Super Snake.
And central to this is Ford’s 5.0-litre V8, that receives a Whipple supercharger for an output in the region of 615kW. This translates into 0–100km/h of speed in 3,5 seconds. And complementing this level of performance are upgrades to the car’s cooling system and a track-focused braking system from Brembo, with calipers painted in red for added visual effect.