You could definitely say that over the years, Carroll Shelby and the Shelby brand have become synonymous with Gaurdsman Blue paint with white racing stripes. Considering Felt Bicycle company’s history of producing some really cool motor sports inspired cruisers, it’s not surprising that they would now base on off of certainly one of the most iconic teams in US racing history.
The Shelby cruiser above is positioned in front of what looks like a Shelby Daytona, perhaps even one of the original 6. Number 98 would represent chassis number CSX 2300 that Carroll himself owned until 1999 (although it could be a Superformance Replica). When it came to Shelby’s history, the Daytona was an aerodynamic success as the Daytona’s slippery body caused it to be much faster than the Cobra, even though it had the same chassis and engine.
I honestly would have expected the colors to be the inverse on the actual bike, but the Wimbledon white with Guardsman blue stripes was popular on the GT 350 which seemed to be the true inspiration for the design. The Shelby cruiser joins a stable of rad Felt cruisers styled after Indian Motorcycles, Military vehicles, Cafe racers, and Woody surf wagons. Unfortunately, the Shelby cruiser won’t be around for long, as the newest addition to the cruiser line up is an individually numbered, limited edition and when they’re gone, they’re gone.
More on the Shelby Cruiser after the break!