Shelby America has just rolled the first car off its new assembly facility in Las Vegas. The vehicle, owned by Carroll Hall Shelby Trust, is a 2014 Mustang Shelby GT500 Super Snake clothed in beautiful grabber-blue, will likely be the last of the S197 model built upon the current D2C platform. As a result, the car will appear next to other icons such as the CXS2000 and first-production Cobra in the Shelby Automotive Museum.
But why did Shelby decide to relocate closer to downtown Las Vegas? Well, Vegas is obviously a high-profile location, and Shelby felt visitors would have greater access to the vehicles, thereby bridging the gap between the cars and the public. And, in all honesty, many Vegas-dwellers are not short on money, either.
With possibly only 500 more units to be produced by Shelby, you still may have the chance to purchase one of the 2014 Super Snakes. Ford’s 5.8-liter “Trinity” V8 used in the Mustang GT500 manages to pump out an incredible 850 horsepower, and will set you back another 40-odd thousand American dollars on top of the Mustang GT500 base car, which starts at just over $55,000.
There’s a considerable amount of speculation about the future of Shelby’s plans for the all-new 2015 Mustang. Keeping in mind that Ford will almost certainly produce a GT350 of its own (displaying the famous Shelby badge), we’re left pondering what the legendary performance firm has up its sleeve. So stay tuned for updates on both fronts.