There are few names that conjure up images of American performance vehicles quite like that of Caroll Shelby. The father of the Cobra, Daytona Coupe, and the merciless Le-Mans winning GT40s, it is fair to say that Shelby American is not known for making boring cars. Today the brand is mostly related with the Ford Mustang, but would believe us if we told you that Shelby sells more trucks than muscle cars?
According to a report by Autoblog, it appears that is the case for Shelby American. In an interview with the publication, Shelby spokesperson Jonathan Marsh said that the company pumps out about 750 hopped-up F-150s each year, compared to only 300 or so Mustang products. In fact, the performance company has found this to be true since 2015, but it wasn’t very well known.
Now, it is important to mention that these figures only includes models built in-house by Shelby, including the F-150 Super Snake Sport, and the Mustang Super Snake which packs an incredible 825-horsepower V8 engine. It’s important to note that the Shelby-branded GT500 and GT350 Mustangs are built under license by Ford, and therefore do not count in the totals.
According to Marsh, the volume of truck orders the company has is so high that they end up outsourcing 70 percent of the F-150 orders to Indiana’s Tuscany Automotive, which builds the GMC Sierra Harley Davidson Edition, among other trucks.
Most recently, Shelby American announced pricing and production for the 2020 F-150 Super Snake, which starts at $86,085. With it comes mostly body work and cosmetic upgrades. However, for just $7,300 more ($93,385 total), customers can opt for the 770 hp supercharged version, capable of 0-60 in 3.45 seconds and 0-100-0 in 8.3 seconds. Shelby American will build only 250 total examples of this muscle truck.
Who would’ve thought that one day Shelby, the company that gave us the Cobra, would depend so heavily on pick-up sales. At least this company has given us something to appropriately tow Cobras to the track with.