Carroll Shelby died May 10, 2012.
Perhaps better known for his cars, the remarkable Cobra and Shelby Mustangs, than for his racing career itself, Texan Carroll Shelby has made a permanent mark on motorsports and the American psyche. Shelby got his start in sports cars in the 1950’s and first came to worldwide attention with his win at Le Man in a Aston Martin in 1959.
Shelby later took a simple British car, the AC and with a transplanted Ford V-8 built one of the most successful line of racing cars of all time: the Shelby Cobra. Ford later tapped Shelby to lead their assault on Le Mans, with the result being the victorious Ford GT 40.
Active in car manufacturing and charitable endeavors, Carroll Shelby is an enduring symbol of American individualism, ingenuity and determination.
Career Summary for Carroll Shelby
8 F1 Starts
Winner 1959 Le Mans
Developer of the Shelby Cobra, Shelby Daytona Coupe, Shelby Mustang and Ford GT40