A few jaws dropped when the over R818 340 price tag for the Mercedes Benz X-Class bakkie was announced ahead of its recent launch in South Africa. This was significantly higher than the asking price for the VW Amarok V6, which tops off at around R748 600.
However, when Shelby South Africa announced in June this year that it would be bringing for the first time to South Africa the Ford F150 bakkie in right-hand drive guise with a hefty price tag ranging up to almost R3 million, everyone asked just how many of these would actually be sold. Well, according to Shelby SA, South Africans have been waiting for this and are queueing with their cheque books.
Ford’s F-Series is the world’s best-selling vehicle model in the world, beating even the ever-fruitful contender from the land of the setting sun, the Toyota Corolla.
But until now South Africa has been deprived of the F-Series because Ford insists on putting the steering wheel exclusively on the wrong side of this particular model instead of the right. But thanks to Shelby, renowned for creating modified versions of the Mustang, South Africa’s bakkie-crazed motorists can now satisfy their longstanding craving for the world’s best-selling bakkie, at the afore-mentioned hefty price though.
But what do you get for your three million Randelas? A 565kW supercharged five-litre V8 monster of a bakkie, that’s what. The Shelby F150 ticks all the boxes to satisfy even the wildest bakkie dreams of the South African man, or woman. The unsurpassed power output, menacing looks and the fact that it will land in SA in very limited numbers puts the Shelby F150 right at the top of the bakkie food chain, swiftly kicking the X-Class right off the pedestal.
But how many South Africans would be willing to part with almost R3 million, so they can busk in the glory of owning South Africa’s most powerful, most expensive and most exclusive bakkie? Well, according to Shelby South Africa, they have received over 120 customer enquiries about the Shelby F150 since the order books opened, with deliveries expected from December this year.
For now, we don’t know exactly how many Shelby F150s will be sold in SA. What we do know though, is that we envy every single one of those who have placed an order and hope to catch a glimpse of one of these awesome machines in the metal when they start arriving in SA.