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First Owned by Legendary Drag Racer Don Prudhomme
A legendary drag racer and Motorsports Hall of Fame of America inductee, Don “The Snake” Prudhomme would win his first NHRA National victory in 1962, at the age of 21. Prudhomme’s career as a driver and owner spanned five decades, during which he claimed 112 wins and became one of the most recognizable names in the sport.
In 1967, Prudhomme signed a deal with iconic car builder Carroll Shelby to sponsor his Top Fuel dragster, known as the “Shelby Super Snake,” for the 1968 and 1969 seasons. By November 1967, Prudhomme owned the Shelby GT500 offered here, chassis 01256, as evidenced by an invoice on file from Galpin Motors. While it is not clear how long Prudhomme owned the Shelby, by 1993, it was acquired by Robert Jimenez who retained it until recently. Today, the GT500 presents very well, emblazoned with traditional blue Le Mans stripes and the autographs of both Shelby and Prudhomme on its dashboard.
The connection between Prudhomme and Shelby Motors was rekindled in 2009, with Shelby offering the GT500 Super Snake Prudhomme Edition, which featured 800 hp and drag racing suspension, among other upgrades. As an American icon all by itself, this GT500 must be among the most intriguing examples in existence due to its amazing connection to Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and the glory years of Ford drag racing.