Sand­ton home to se­cond Shelby shop

IN­DUS­TRY NEWS/ Peter Lin­den­berg brings his Ford Mus­tang con­ver­sion busi­ness to Gaut­eng, writes De­nis Droppa

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The name Shelby needs no in­tro­duc­tion to per­for­mance en­thu­si­asts the world over, and is most fa­mously rep­re­sented by Eleanor, the fire-breath­ing Ford Mus­tang driven by Ni­co­las Cage’s char­ac­ter in the film Gone in 60 Sec­onds.

Founded by ace Amer­i­can car de­signer Car­roll Shelby back in 1962, the brand that bears his name has since 1967 be­come syn­ony­mous with giv­ing ’Stangs some larger fangs in the form of high-per­for­mance kits.

Shortly af­ter Ford in 2015 an­swered lo­cal en­thu­si­asts’ prayers by finally build­ing the Mus­tang in right-hand drive and of­fer­ing it for sale in SA, Peter Lin­den­berg, of power­boat and car-racing fame, spot­ted an op­por­tu­nity to cater for cus­tomers who wanted to make their pony cars even faster.

In 2016 he be­came the of­fi­cial Shelby agent in SA when he set up shop in Cape Town with the as­sis­tance of his daugh­ters Paige, Chiara and Abbi.

Now he’s opened a se­cond branch in Sand­ton to cater for Gaut­eng’s per­for­mance hounds. Serv­ing cus­tomers who view a stan­dard Ford Mus­tang as a blank can­vas for their wildest high-per­for­mance dreams, Shelby of­fers a range of go­faster, look-cooler kits for Ford’s iconic pony car.

There are a num­ber of pack­ages avail­able to trans­form a gar­den-va­ri­ety Mus­tang into a tyre-smok­ing beast, start­ing with the 5.0l V8 Shelby Super Snake 50th An­niver­sary 670HP. This kit in­cludes a su­per­charger that boosts en­gine power from 306kW to 500kW, along with a per­for­mance han­dling pack, per­for­mance tyres, up­rated brakes and a raft of cos­metic en­hance­ments that in­clude a front split­ter, bon­net vents, Shelby Super Snake badges, Shelby fuel cap and an en­gine plaque, to name but a few.

Go­ing faster and look­ing meaner doesn’t come cheap, and the 670HP pack­age adds R1,199,000 to the R872,200 base price of the 5.0l Mus­tang coupe.

And that’s just the ba­sic kit; there’s a vast list of ad­di­tional cos­metic and me­chan­i­cal op­tional ex­tras that could drain your bank ac­count by a fur­ther cou­ple of hun­dred grand in­clud­ing an Eibach sus­pen­sion up­grade, short-throw gear shifter, dif­fer­en­tial cooler, Shel- by/Katzkin pre­mium leather in­te­rior and Brembo brakes, among oth­ers.

Next up is the 5.0l V8 Shelby Super Snake 50th An­niver­sary 750HP kit with a big­ger su­per­charger that lib­er­ates 560kW of tar-shred­ding power, and priced at R1,329,000 with­out op­tions.

This pric­ing can fluc­tu­ate due to the ex­change rate at any time.

“When it comes to ve­hi­cle up­grades Shelby isn’t just a brand, it is the brand,” said Lin­den­berg at last week’s Sand­ton deal­er­ship open­ing.

“Mod­i­fy­ing cars is a dis­ease, but a cool dis­ease; one that puts a smile on your face.”

The Shelby mod­i­fi­ca­tions come with the bless­ing of Ford and the mus­cled-up Mus­tangs carry a three-year/60,000km war­ranty.

Speak­ing at the Sand­ton deal­er­ship launch, Ford Mo­tor Com­pany’s Craig von Essen said that Shelby ac­quires in­cre­men­tal cus­tomers for Ford, as it at­tracts peo­ple who wouldn’t nor­mally buy a Mus­tang.

Lin­den­berg is also the agent for Road To Race (RTR), a ve­hi­cle trans­for­ma­tion fa­cil­ity which up­grades a num­ber of dif­fer­ent brands with par­tic­u­lar ac­cent on bakkies and Jeeps. It is also the sole South African rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Hi-Tech Au­to­mo­tive’s range of her­itage cars and un­der­takes such trans­for­ma­tions as fit­ting a 5.0l Coy­ote Mo­tor with or with­out a su­per­charger into a Ford Ranger.

The RTR out­lets also sell a wide range of 4x4 ac­ces­sories, sus­pen­sion kits, Mo­tul prod­ucts, Sa­bat Bat­ter­ies and First Race mo­tor­sport equip­ment. They also spe­cialise in Toy­ota body kits and carry out per­for­mance and ac­ces­sory up­grades to al­most any ve­hi­cle.

Shelby SA Sand­ton is lo­cated on the corner of Grosvenor Road and Wil­liam Ni­col Drive, Bryanston — call (010) 443-9124 for more de­tails.

THERE ARE PACK­AGES TO TRANS­FORM A GAR­DEN-VA­RI­ETY MUS­TANG INTO A TYRE-SMOK­ING BEAST

Above: Shelby Super Snake con­ver­sion of­fers up to 560kW of tar-shred­ding power. Be­low: Peter Lin­den­berg at the launch of Shelby SA’s new Sand­ton deal­er­ship.

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