2004 SSC Aero SC/8T Prototype
SSC in Washington, USA created the Aero SC/8T as the first version of their all-American supercar. Called Shelby Super Cars, the company is distinct from Shelby Automobiles and prides itself on impressive top speed and horsepower numbers.
In 2002, the Jerod Shelby and his team worked on a steel space frame and carbon fiber body as a basis for their 250 mph super car. Their replica Lamborghini chassis were similar in design and the first prototype used a twin-turbo Corvette V8. Later cars used a supercharged version with a small block Chevrolet V8.
The Aero borrowed many stylistic traits from Italian exotica but is distinctly different from anything produced in America. For instance, the doors were made with a butterfly design and were air operated.
The first Aero SC/8T was painted Burnt Copper Pearl. This prototype pulled in a 3.1 second zero-to-sixty time at the Firebird raceway in March of 2004. Later it was sold at the 2008 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction for $189,200 USD. In the auction description they described the car as “First of 2 Shelby Super Car Aero prototypes ever made.”