Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg
Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Flexing American Muscle: Building Shelby Autos in Vegas

Shelby is American muscle. Shelby American, a division of Carroll Shelby International, was founded by Carroll Shelby, an U.S. race car driver who won the 24 Hours of Le Mans. According to, the company was established in 1962 and builds authentic continuation Cobras and 289 street car component vehicles. It offers the Shelby GT, the GT500 Super Snake, and 2005-2015 Ford Mustang GTS post-title packages. Photographs by Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Vintage Shelby Cobras at Shelby American's world headquarters in Las Vegas.

Shelby Cobra logos on wheel rims.

The engine of a Shelby Cobra Mustang.

A Shelby Super Snake Mustang.

A worker polishes the exterior finish of a Shelby Cobra Mustang.

A factory worker sands down the edges of a Shelby Cobra continuation series car body.

Shelby Cobra signs displayed for sale inside the gift shop.

A golf cart styled after a Shelby Cobra sports car.

Vintage Goodyear tires on a 1965 Shelby Daytona coupe.

An employee cleans the wheels on a Shelby Cobra Mustang in the gift shop.

A Shelby Cobra logo on a Mustang.

Carroll Shelby's original Shelby Cobra sports car.

A Shelby Cobra Mustang sits on a lift while receiving upgrades.

A Shelby Cobra sports car in the warehouse.

Workers add upgrades to a Shelby Cobra Mustang.

A Shelby GT Mustang in the maintenance bay.

Shelby Cobras on the factory floor.