Shelby cars starts off 2011 big with major sales and awards

February 1, 2011 12:00 AM

All 50 copies of the Shelby Cobra Street Car, which were made available in celebration of the model's 50th anniversary, have sold out after only 48 hours on the market, reports AutoWeek.

The car debuted on January 21 at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, where it was announced that 50 vehicles were available for purchase. The big sales news wasn't released until 10 days later, however, when Shelby president John Luft made the announcement.

"The strong demand for these cars proves that the Shelby Cobra is still as desirable and sought-after today as it was 50 years ago," Luft said.

With a black exterior, wire wheels and a special 50th anniversary commemorative badge, the Cobra Street Car was a hot collector's item, given it only took two days to sell all copies of the vehicle.

Burgundy leather interiors and Wilton Wool carpeting add a fresh take on a classic car.

For the fiberglass body model, buyers were expected to pay at least $69,995 and $134,995 for the aluminum chassis.

Last week on Thursday, Carroll Shelby - the Cobra's original designer - was honored with the 2011 Keith Crain/Automotive News Lifetime Achievement Award. He inspired sports car models for decades, according to AutoWeek.

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