Snake Bit: Carroll Shelby's Controversial Series 1 Sports Car. Foreword by David E. Davis.

By: Davison, Eric.

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Octavo, blue boards (hardcover), silver letters, full-color photo. illus. endpapers, 240 pp. Very Good+, with small bookplate; in a Fine, mylar protected dust jacket. From dust jacket: Played out on the covers of Motor Trend, Automobile, and AutoWeek, the saga of the Shelby Series 1 was one of delays, price increases, and unfulfilled promises. Within the walls of Shelby American, the story was even more astonishing. What Carroll Shelby wanted was a race car for the street -- a lightweight, high-powered, carbon fiber masterpiece of technology and speed. What he got was an automotive embodiment of Murphy's law. A disappointing partnership with Oldsmobile, a debilitating corporate takeover, irate customers, and lawsuits were among the unending series of catastrophes that came to Carroll Shelby's would-be supercar. Author Eric Davison worked for Shelby American from the time when the car was merely a gleam in Shelby's eye, until nearly all 250 were sold. In Snake Bit, Davison takes you behind the scenes as the Series 1 concept was conceived, pitched, and engineered. You'll get a peek behind the curatain at late-1990s General Motors politics as Shelby American struggled to get Oldsmobile's support for the project. You'll meet the colorful cast of Series 1 players, from the talented but overworked engineers, to the stalwart and sometimes befuddled salespeople, to the hard-charging and panic-inducing managers. It all adds up to the most compelling look inside the auto industry since James Schefter's All Corvettes are Red.

Title: Snake Bit: Carroll Shelby's Controversial Series 1 Sports Car. Foreword by David E. Davis.

Author Name: Davison, Eric.

Categories: Automotive,

Publisher: St. Paul, MN: Motorbooks International, (2004).:

Seller ID: 71330bd