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1999 Shelby Series 1 X 50 Is Pure ‘90s Performance

When it comes to the list of American performance icons, Carroll Shelby undoubtedly takes a spot near the top. The man is known for a wide variety of accomplishments, including an integral role in beating Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans back in the ‘60s, as dramatized in the upcoming film Ford v Ferrari, starring Matt Damon as Shelby. Shelby took part in the creation of a multitude of incredible performance machines, but the Series 1 is the only car that Carroll Shelby designed, engineered and produced from scratch.

Offering a classic front-engine, rear-wheel-drive roadster layout, the Shelby Series 1 is motivated by the Oldsmobile 4.0L L47 Aurora V8. The standard outfit is tuned to produce as much 320 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 290 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm. However, this particular example is the Shelby Series 1 X 50, which means it comes with the output-enhancing X 50 package, which pushes peak power to 370 ponies total.

Harnessing the muscle is a six-speed manual transmission. Properly motivated, the Shelby Series 1 X 50 will hit 60 mph in the low four-second-range and break into the twelves in the quarter mile. Top speed is rated at around 170 mph.

So it’s quick, that much is certain. But it should come as no surprise that the Shelby Series 1 X 50 is also a corner carving beast, with inboard coilover suspension and an all-aluminum chassis. The body is a mix of fiberglass and carbon fiber, which helps to cut the curb weight down to roughly 2,650 pounds.

Interestingly, the interior is a mix of General Motors components, including the Monsoon sound system, Buick head unit, and Pontiac instrument cluster.

Just 249 examples were produced between 1998 and 2005. This particular Shelby Series 1 X 50 also comes with a very rare one-of-five Shelby Titan motorcycle, which was included with the Series 1 purchase with a matching VIN and color scheme.

Both the car and the motorcycle were signed by Carroll Shelby. The vehicles are listed for auction by Rand Luxury, and will go under the hammer October 12th as Lot 112. Estimated value is set between $110,000 and $120,000.

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Source: Rand Luxury

Jonathan is an automotive journalist based out of Southern California. He loves anything and everything on four wheels.

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