More Shelby Performance Cars Are UK-Bound, As Clive Sutton Is Appointed As UK Distributor By: Clive Sutton
•London dealer named official distributor for Shelby
•Vehicles available include 750hp supercharged F-150 Super Snake pick-up
•Clive Sutton has delivered first Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R in the UK
•Comprehensive mechanical warranty offered as standard on all Shelby models
•Clive Sutton will continue to offer Bespoke European Mustang programme
Clive Sutton, one of London's leading supercar and luxury car dealers, has been officially appointed as UK distributor for high-performance Shelby vehicles. The variety of Shelby-tuned cars and trucks sourced for UK clients is set to include the 750hp F-150 Road Truck pick-up, as well as the 50th anniversary European Mustang Super Snake with up to 750hp.
Sutton will also be importing the incredible F-150 Super Snake, a true 'super truck' with a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 producing 750hp. The vehicle includes more than 45 proprietary components, including a polycarbonate bonnet and carbon-fibre air intake, Shelby-exclusive Fox shock absorbers, 18-inch Shelby engraved wheels, and a Shelby-tuned Borla exhaust system.
Only 500 Shelby-tuned F-150 pick-ups will be manufactured, including an extremely limited run of just 150 Super Snake variants. Just two examples of the latter will be coming to the UK, priced at £120,000 (incl. VAT), so prospective buyers should contact Sutton swiftly to express their interest.
All Shelby American-tuned vehicles supplied to the UK will come with a three-year, 50,000-kilometre (31,000-mile) warranty on the complete car, as well as on the Shelby components. Satellite navigation systems are also upgraded to full European specification during the build process, which takes place at two specialist centres on the continent. UK customers will be able to choose from left- and right-hand-drive models.
The announcement of Sutton's new role comes in the same week that the St John's Wood dealer has delivered the first Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R for a UK client. The GT350R employs a 526hp 5.2-litre V8 engine, mated to a bespoke Tremec six-speed manual transmission. The stripped-down car saves weight by doing without rear seats and swapping alloys for 19-inch carbon-fibre wheels. The brand-new vehicle was inspected and updated by a Ford main dealer, and homologated to meet DVLA requirements before the handover to its owner.
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Volkhard Juergens, General Manager International Operations for Shelby EU, said: 'We are excited to be working with Clive Sutton, a connoisseur of American vehicles who has decades of experience in buying and selling cars and trucks from the US. With new opportunities to assemble Shelby vehicles in Europe, we look forward to working with our partners to further build the brand in the region.'
Sutton's distribution agreement will also see it offer the European versions of the Mustang GTE and limited-run 50th anniversary Mustang Super Snake from Shelby's high-performance vehicle range. This offer will run alongside the existing Sutton Bespoke Mustang programme. The Shelby vehicles will appeal to those seeking exceptional performance-tuned Ford products, while Sutton's Bespoke programme will cater to those buyers who wish to create a unique customised vehicle. Clive Sutton will continue to offer Shelby models from the Ford range such as the GT350 and GT350R as direct imports from the US.
About Clive Sutton and Sutton Bespoke
Clive Sutton has been at the forefront of the performance car retail industry for over 25 years. As the founder of a renowned independent specialist car business in St John's Wood, London, Clive Sutton has built an unrivalled international reputation for supplying some of the most sought after cars in the world. The company is able to source rare and prestige new and classic cars from across the globe, often to order. Clive Sutton was also the original UK dealer for the AC Cobra MkV. For more information, please visit the Clive Sutton website at www.clivesutton.co.uk.
With nearly three decades of experience in providing UK buyers with tuning upgrades and custom enhancements from a variety of American and European specialists, Clive Sutton has recognised the opportunity to use its team's expertise and knowledge to create tailored packages through the Sutton Bespoke arm of the company. Earlier this year, Sutton Bespoke launched a range of upgrades for the all-new Ford Mustang.
More information about Sutton Bespoke is available at www.suttonbespoke.co.uk. A detailed history of the company can be found at www.suttonbespoke.co.uk/sutton-bespoke-history.
For further information about Clive Sutton and Shelby EU, visit www.clivesutton.co.uk/vehicles/shelby/
Shelby.eu is the European part of Shelby American's Official Export partner, Grand Union Autotrade BV based in the Netherlands. Grand Union is a Chinese company which currently funds over 20,000 vehicles per annum for the Chinese market.
About Shelby American
Shelby American is a division of Carroll Shelby International, Inc. (CSBI.PK), is the premier independent performance car company in the United States. Committed to delivering cars and products that provide an unparalleled driving experience, the company has been at the forefront of automotive innovation since it was established in 1962. The company was founded by Carroll Shelby, one of America's greatest race car drivers. He dominated sports car racing success in the mid-1950s, twice being named Sports Illustrated's 'Driver of the Year'. His crowning achievement as a driver came in 1959, when he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans.