The Shelby Museum

CARROLL SHELBY MUSEUM THE BEST VALUE IN VEGAS!
Las Vegas is known for sucking cash out of your pockets. There's lots to do there, but everything costs. Well...almost everything. I found three excellent carguy things to do while in Vegas that don't cost a dime: the Counts Kustoms car museum, The Car Collection at the Linq Hotel & Casino, and the Carroll Shelby Museum. All were free of charge and all were absolutely spectacular. The Shelby Museum, as it is referred to in common parlance, is actually named the Shelby Heritage Center...and it isn't really a museum. But it is free., and better than that, it's the actual shop where the Shelby team built some 50 Continuation Cobras per year, and modify another 450-or-so customer cars, including their wicked 750-horsepower Super Snake.
TOUR THE SHELBY MUSEUM
Not only is admission to the hallowed ground of Carroll Shelby's actual shop, but they offer 2 free tours a day, at 10:30am and 1:00 pm weekdays, and one tour on Saturday at 10:30. They're closed on Sunday. But even if you miss the tour, you can literally walk right into the shop area, contained by a walled 'catwalk' along one wall of the shop. Walking its length gives you a pretty good look at much of the shop and most of the incredible cars parked here and there, or up on the lifts. I was there on a Saturday and so no one was working. But, they also sell cars here, and of course, sell parts and upgrade services to customers for their cars. While I was there, I saw a customer picking up his metallic blue 2017 Shelby Super Snake. Lucky guy.
ABOVE: The Shelby Museum is an actual restoration shop, among other things, restoring and/or repairing customer-owned Shelby Cobras, Mustangs, and whatever else Shelby built.
BELOW: A Shelby Cobra Daytona coupe with the paint removed and the aluminum skin polished.
ABOVE: A Shelby Series 1, built for Oldsmobile by Shelby-American from 1999 to 2005.
BELOW: Customer cars lined up are (L-R): late-80s Dodge Daytona Shelby; '68 Shelby GT350 or GT500 convertible (red); '68 Shelby GT350 or GT500 fastback; '05-'08 Shelby Mustang.
ABOVE: While I was there, this guy took delivery on the gorgeous Shelby GT500 Super Snake. The supercharged engine makes over 750 horsepower. I overheard the salesman saying that a 1,000-horsepower engine kit was in the making. What, 750 horses isn't enough?
BELOW: Another new Shelby Super Snake.
ABOVE: While the shop tour is free, it's tough to get through their amazing gift store without buying something. As well you should. It's the least we can do to support this awesome opportunity to 'see behind the curtain' at one of the true automotive legends' actual shop. I bought a bunch of t-shirts and a cool diecast model of a FE427 engine. Just what I need.
BELOW: It's not all t-shirts and hoodies. Shelby being Shelby, they're serious about cars. You can buy all sorts of high-performance Shelby parts including lightweight Shelby wheels.
BOTTOM: Shelby-American sells a lot of superchargers, which is one of he best ways to get big horsepower while still being reliable. A Shelby free-flowing exhaust system wouldn't hurt either.

OTHER GREAT FREE STUFF FOR CARGUYS IN LAS VEGAS:
The Carroll Shelby Museum
Count's Kustoms Car Museum
The Auto Collections





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