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.
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.