CopyAndPaste
360 Modena F1 s/n 117381, in red with black interior, another with the F1 gear change s/n 116266, in yellow with black interior
Events
Coming up
Ferraris   by Serial Number
Maseratis   by Serial Number
Gallery
Mercato
Victories
Search
Art & More
Literature
Address Book
Archive
Info
 Home
Price Development
Parts and    Restoration
Culinaria
Shelton one of oldest Ferrari dealership in the USA
Contact
360 Modena F1 s/n 117381, in red with black interior, another with the F1 gear change s/n 116266, in yellow with black interior
Pirro.com

13.09.2010, 08:23:31 cet

Top of Page
 Previous page
 Next page
Created with StudioLine

Shelton one of oldest Ferrari dealership in the USA
Shelton Sports Cars in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, are one of the largest and longest established official Ferrari dealership in the USA today. Thus whilst in Florida for the Cavallino Classic in January we thought we would take the opportunity to pay them a visit. Arriving completely unannounced on the Monday after the event, and expecting to only be able to visit the sales showroom, we were pleasantly surprised to find that senior sales executive John Levy was happy to spend time with us and guide us through the premises, explaining everything along the way.

Shelton stands on 4 legs
The Shelton brothers, Steve and Tom, have a passion for motor sport and have competed at various levels in a variety of machinery over the years. A large trophy and memorabilia display cabinet in the main showroom testifies to their diverse and successful motor sport association. They purchased the dealership twenty years ago, in fact not long after Jody Scheckter won Ferrari’s last F1 Drivers’ Championship, prior to Michael Schumacher taking the crown back to Maranello after a 21 year absence. Since then they have continued to build and strengthen the business in all areas. Not only is there a full sales and service facility, but they have their own restoration shop, and run a four car team in the USA 360 Challenge Series.

Ferraris to go
The sales showroom décor also reflects the racing passion of the owners, with a Ferrari F1 nose section in one corner, and retro advertising banners around the waiting area and boutique/parts counter. The previously owned inventory on display was mainly a varied selection of modern Ferraris, including a F355 Spider, 107196, in metallic blue with tan interior, another with the F1 gear change , 116266, in yellow with black interior, and a third, 110765, in Rosso Barchetta with tan interior, together with a 360 Modena F1, 117381, in red with black interior.

There was also an F40, 88451, with numerous modifications carried out at the request of the previous owner. These included AP brake discs and callipers with custom built split rim wheels to accommodate them, JRZ hydraulic shock absorbers all round, larger Sparco intercoolers incorporating water injection with the reservoir in the front luggage bay, a Tubi exhaust system, and a plumbed in fire extinguisher system. The larger intercoolers and modified intake ductwork necessitated the repositioning of the oil filter, and a thermostatically controlled fan has been added to the oil cooler radiator. Other features include a temperature gauge for the intercoolers, an air/fuel mixture gauge, plus a tyre pressure monitor and low pressure warning system. Not one for the purists, but certainly a well sorted example with the emphasis of the modifications being on increased safety and driveability, a nice piece of equipment for track days.

Ferraris to collect
The older end of the model spectrum was represented by a very nice Dino 246 GTS, 08310, in yellow, which had unfortunately been completely re-trimmed in a strange almost matt black material, that detracted from the original appearance of the rest of the car. There was also an older restoration 250 GT Lusso, 5373GT, on display in red with a beige interior, reportedly sold new in Germany.

In the restoration shop was a 225 S spider Vignale, 0160ED, that had appeared in the Cavallino Concours the previous Saturday. The Chief restoration technician is Al Roberts Jnr, who along with fellow Shelton employee Franco Genesi, were technicians with Luigi Chinetti’s North American Racing Team in its heyday. The dealership is justifiably proud of its record at the Ferrari Club of America National Meets, with an unbroken run of award winning cars over the years that were either restored or prepared by them.

One final ”note”, the company also has an eight piece employees rock band called the Sheltones, that play at various concerts and charity functions, all we can say is ”Rock On”!

Shelton Sports Cars
Ferrari 225 S Vignale Spider s/n 0160ED
250 GT Lusso s/n 5373GT
Shelton Sports Cars
360 Modena F1 s/n 117381, in red with black interior, another with the F1 gear change s/n 116266, in yellow with black interior
110765, in Rosso Barchetta with tan interior, together with a 360 Modena F1, 117381, in red with black interior