1962 Shelby 260 Cobra CSX 2000 The very first Cobra ever made, Carroll Shelby’s personal car will cross the block in Monterey… Viju Mathew
There's only one CSX 2000, Carroll Shelby's first-ever Cobra. RM Sotheby's is set to offer the very first Shelby Cobra ever built, and easily one of the most valuable, for the first time to the public when it hits the auction block later this summer in Monterey, California. That very first Cobra was created in 1962, when Carroll himself decided to...
Few models of car are as iconic as the Shelby Cobra and its story can be traced all the way back to one single vehicle: the CSX 2000. The prototype was built by Carroll Shelby himself in 1962 and is credited as sparking a revolution in sportscar design. Show More Summary
Ferrari 750 Monza chassis 0510M. Photos by Darin Schnabel, courtesy RM Sotheby’s. It was raced in-period, with impressive success, by Phil Hill, Carroll Shelby and Jim Hall. For the past six decades, it’s been in Hall’s private collection, and it’s reportedly one of the few four-cylinder Ferrari sports racers of the day to retain its […]
2004 Ford GT CP-1 The working example features one-off componentry and the signatures of Carroll Shelby and Bill Ford… Viju Mathew
Photography by the author. No wonder Carroll Shelby was smitten by the Ace when he first saw one. This British-built automobile has that perfect sports car look, with a simple, unspoiled shape that is pure beauty. It was this very same model that spawned the incredibly successful Cobra. The Ace’s outstanding looks can be traced […]
1967 Shelby 427 Cobra, CSX3295. Photos courtesy of Mecum Auctions. Carroll Shelby’s 427 Cobra is the stuff enthusiast dreams are made of. Iconic in both appearance and sound, many of us have dreamed of owning such a magnificent beast, issuing false reassurances, to ourselves and perhaps our significant others, that we’d regularly stretch such a […]
Carroll Shelby certainly created a name for himself in the 1960s, not the least of his accomplishments being the 1-2-3 win at the 24 Hours of LeMans in 1966. That marked the first time an American car had won the iconic race. Shelby’s fame as a car builder skyrocketed in the fallout. Show More Summary
Photos courtesy Worldwide Auctioneers. What if Carroll Shelby had the ear not of Henry Ford II but of his father, Edsel Ford? And what if sports cars became a phenomenon in the United States not after World War II but before? And what if the line between customizer and coachbuilder wasn’t as distinct as one […]
Joe McMurrey is a Carroll Shelby fan. He appreciates Shelby as the American who made American race cars competitive on the world stage. In fact, he likes the old chicken farmer so much that he has assembled one of the most impressive collections of Shelby cars you'll ever see. After owning most of the cars for a decade or more, McMurrey is making...
Ford gave birth to the GT350 nameplate in 1965, the same year when Carroll Shelby was commissioned to build high-performance versions of the first-generation Mustang. Built in 1965 and 1966, the initial GT350 was not just lighter than a regular Mustang, but more powerful too. Show More Summary
Three generations of Ford Shelby Rent-A-Racers. Photos courtesy Ford Motor Company, unless otherwise noted. In 1966, Carroll Shelby struck a deal with rental car giant Hertz to build a fleet of “Rent-A-Racer” Shelby American-tuned Mustangs, labeled as the G.T.350H. The move helped to make Shelby a household name (among car enthusiasts, anyway), and 40 years […]
Throwback Fifty years ago, Carroll Shelby and Hertz put customers in the driver’s seat of high-performance, special edition Shelby’s for the “Rent-A-Racer” program. Ford supplied the Mustangs with V-8 engines and mostly automatic transmissions, while Shelby added performance amenities. A similar program was done for the 2006 Ford Shelby GT-H. Today, the cars are desired […]
It's been 50 years since the original Ford ShelbyHertz GT350-H made its debut. Dubbed the "Rent-A-Racer" and built in a partnership with Carroll Shelby's Shelby American, the GT350-H became a cult classic among collectors. Just 10 years ago Ford brought back the nameplate, and now, just before the 2016 New York International Auto Show, Ford has...
Jay Leno’s love for anything involving Carroll Shelby is so well-documented that nobody was surprised when Leno purchased the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R the moment it became available. The former host of the Tonight Show admitted...Show More Summary
Shelby turns the Ford Mustang GT into a 750hp track beast, w/ upgraded cooling, brakes, suspension, and aero, inspired by Carroll Shelby and his friends tearing up its rough and rugged namesake Texas district back in the day. We took a hot lap in one and are still smiling.
The Shelby De Tomaso P70. Photo courtesy Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Carroll Shelby’s Cobras and Cooper-based King Cobras had proven competitive during the 1963 and ’64 USRRC seasons, but 1965 was shaping up to be an entirely new battle. To remain competitive in the series that would spawn the Can-Am Challenge in 1966, Shelby turned […]
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Photos courtesy Bonhams.com. In 1964, a sleek Kamm-tailed fastback coupe, based upon a British roadster infused with American V-8 power by Carroll Shelby, made its debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. One might assume the car referenced is the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, but the same sentence holds true for its lesser-known British […]
The one-of-a-kind Capeland Shelby Cobra 18k Red Gold Flyback Chronograph that will be auctioned at Antiquorum in New York on December 9, with all proceeds going to the Carroll Shelby Foundation