2017 Ford F-150 Shelby Super Snake Will Slither Across the Auction Block

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1-of-150 2017 MY F-150 Shelby Super Snake features a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 with low miles and high output.

Shelby has a long history with the Ford Motor Company, but most of that is filled with modified Mustangs. Shelby trucks are much more recent and rare. That’s especially true of the truck you see here. It’s one of only 150 F-150 Super Snakes Shelby made for the 2017 model year.

Technically, it was made by well-known Ford truck customizer Tuscany Motor Co. of Elkhart, Indiana. But the looks and power are all Shelby. The Ram Air hood sucks in air through a pair of large scoops and feeds it into a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 that cranks out 750 horsepower.

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Mesh fills in the sections of the one-bar grille; a coiled snake badge tells the world that this isn’t just any F-150. The sporty front bumper is one part of a dress-up kit that includes fender flares, front fender vents, side skirts, and rear bumper cladding.

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The Super Snake’s belly is close to the ground, thanks to its Shelby-tuned suspension. Retro 22-inch chrome wheels wrapped in low-profile 305/45 tires fill the wheel wells. A hard tonneau covers the short bed. Down low, there’s a dual Borla exhaust setup. A pair of blue racing stripes run over the top of the entire truck, removing any doubt about which company styled and powered this truck.

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The cockpit is much more subtle than the exterior. There are only a few signs that you’re inside a Shelby, including a badge on the lid of the center console and a numbered plaque on the dashboard, right above the glove compartment.

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Wayne Davis, a fastidious collector, has only put 1,655 miles on this beast. He doesn’t intend to put any more on it because it will be part of a lot of his vehicles up for auction through Mecum in January.

Photos: Mecum Auctions

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Derek Shiekhi's father raised him on cars. As a boy, Derek accompanied his dad as he bought classics such as post-WWII GM trucks and early Ford Mustang convertibles.

After loving cars for years and getting a bachelor's degree in Business Management, Derek decided to get an associate degree in journalism. His networking put him in contact with the editor of the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, who hired him to write freelance about automotive culture and events in Austin, Texas in 2013. One particular story led to him getting a certificate for learning the foundations of road racing.

While watching TV with his parents one fateful evening, he saw a commercial that changed his life. In it, Jeep touted the Wrangler as the Texas Auto Writers Association's "SUV of Texas." Derek knew he had to join the organization if he was going to advance as an automotive writer. He joined the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in 2014 and was fortunate to meet several nice people who connected him to the representatives of several automakers and the people who could give him access to press vehicles (the first one he ever got the keys to was a Lexus LX 570). He's now a regular at TAWA's two main events: the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall.

Over the past several years, Derek has learned how to drive off-road in various four-wheel-drive SUVs (he even camped out for two nights in a Land Rover), and driven around various tracks in hot hatches, muscle cars, and exotics. Several of his pieces, including his article about the 2015 Ford F-150 being crowned TAWA's 2014 "Truck of Texas" and his review of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, have won awards in TAWA's annual Excellence in Craft Competition. Last year, his JK Forum profile of Wagonmaster, a business that restores Jeep Wagoneers, won prizes in TAWA’s signature writing contest and its pickup- and SUV-focused Texas Truck Invitational.

In addition to writing for a variety of Internet Brands sites, including JK Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Derek also contributes to other outlets. He started There Will Be Cars on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube to get even more automotive content out to fellow enthusiasts.

He can be reached at [email protected]

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