50th anniversary Shelby display a tribute to designer

Shelby American is paying tribute to the late car designer Carroll Shelby with a display of 50th anniversary Shelby models at the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction, which runs through Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

The 2013 Shelby GT350 and GT500 Super Snake, produced at Shelby American's plant at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway industrial park, will make their public debut in Las Vegas.

The three-day, which draws about 60,000 car enthusiasts to Las Vegas, is a perfect setting to give visitors a first-hand look at some of the most storied cars in automobile history, said John Loft, president of Las Vegas-based Shelby American.

"We're excited to celebrate our tour grand finale at our home base and showcase the iconic anniversary lineup," Luft said in a statement.

The auction is the final stop on a cross-country tour celebrating Shelby's life and five decades of Cobra history.

Shelby, who died in May at age 89, "touched the lives" of so many people in the auto industry, Barrett-Jackson President Craig Jackson said Wednesday at an opening party for the auction.

Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Shelby International, builds authentic continuation Cobras, along with after-market packages for the current generation Ford Mustang.

Contact reporter Hubble Smith at hsmith@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0491.