Carroll Shelby wasn’t the first person who thought of putting a powerful American engine in a British sports car. Sydney Allard did it more than a decade before Shelby made his first Ford powered A.C.E. and called it a Cobra. As a matter of fact, Shelby raced an Allard J2 in the early 1950s. Show More Summary
1965 must've been a very busy year for Carroll Shelby and Ford! In this picture we see Henry Ford II and Shelby getting ready for a cruise around the lot in the brand spanking new GT40 Roadster. Don't mind all the pony cars in the background. Read more...
The 1967 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 is a classic, red-blooded, American muscle car. While the Mustang line was only three years old in 1967, this didn’t stop the legendary Carroll Shelby from injecting a healthy dose of his ingenuity into the redesigned, 1967 model. Show More Summary
It has been 30 years since Californian racer Steve Saleen began producing the first of a long line of street legal modified Ford Mustangs. Separating ties with Carroll Shelby and tightened government standards through the 1970s, Ford had been struggling allow drivers to take the reins of more potent versions of the pony car. Ford […]
Rendering of the Shelby Automotive Museum. Still image from video. Before Carroll Shelby died in May 2012, he passed along his wishes for a museum that would not only carry his name, but continue to educate the general public and automotive researchers alike on his performance and racing legacy. The Shelby Automotive Museum, opening in […]
This August, RM Auctions will be hosting a bidding for one of the rarest cars in the world. This 1965 Ford GT40 Roadster was the 8th of 12 prototypes built for testing, and was even driven by the legendary Carroll Shelby.
Photo courtesy Tom Cotter. If you’re into the automobiles of Carroll Shelby, you no doubt remember the G.T. 350H. It was a special version of that muscular, modified Mustang that you could rent at Hertz. A tribute Mustang was produced not long ago in black with gold stripes. They were all that color, right? Not […]
Shelby G.T. 500 KR. Photo by Eric English. No shortage of attention is given to the mechanical heroes created under the guidance of Carroll Shelby during the heyday of his Shelby American operation and its collaborations with Ford Motor Company. Yet, despite the scrutiny applied to these machines years on, there are still some details […]
On May 17, at the second annual Carroll Shelby Tribute and Car Show, auto fans and aficionados are invited to take part in a one-day public event honoring the iconic accomplishments of the legendary racer and carmaker Carroll Shelby....Show More Summary
With Carroll Shelby heading up Ford’s efforts for the 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans, an entire fleet of Ford-powered cars descended on the French countryside that year. Of the 51 total entrants, 11 were GT40s – both Mk I and Mk II variants – or Cobra Daytonas. One of the latter took the pole […]
Photos courtesy the BF Meyers Collection. While one wouldn’t normally associate Bruce Meyers and Carroll Shelby with one another, both have plenty in common: They introduced fun, lightweight, trendsetting vehicles; they were later forced to defend those designs against opportunistic copycats; and later this year, Meyers’s Old Red, the prototype Meyers Manx dune buggy, will […]
The Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe is one of those classic cars that has managed to stand the test of time, likely due in part to both its racing success, helping the charismatic Carroll Shelby defeat Ferrari with Ford-powered Anglo-American machines of his company's own design, and its stunning good looks. Show More Summary
Carroll Shelby rather famously derided the original Ford Falcon-based first generation Mustang as a “secretary’s car”, and he wasn’t far from the mark. Young, single working women were one of the original target markets for the original pony car and you can see that from period advertisements for the Mustang. In 1964, as the Mustang […]
Shelby American just opened a new assembly facility in Las Vegas, and the first car has rolled off the line. That car was a Grabber Blue 2014 Mustang GT500 Super Snake, owned by the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust. Probably one of the last Shelby Mustangs built on the current platform, it will go straight to the Shelby Automotive Museum, where it will...
1987 Dodge Shelby Charger. Photos by Greg Gjerdingen, unless otherwise noted. Carroll Shelby is most often associated with high-horsepower, front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports cars, but in the early 1980s the performance guru re-entered the production automotive arena with a series of front-wheel-drive cars built for sale through Dodge dealerships. Show More Summary
The new Shelby Heritage Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photos courtesy Shelby American. To fans of Carroll Shelby and his high-performance creations, Las Vegas, Nevada, is a destination that offers far more excitement than just cards, dice, chips and slot machines. While the desert tourist Mecca has long been home to Shelby American and the […]
While nowhere near as famous as some of Carroll Shelby's automotive creations, the Cooper Monaco King Cobra is nonetheless an interesting machine that saw some amount of success in sports car racing events in the 1960s. Importantly,Show More Summary
The 1963 Shelby Cooper Monaco King Cobra. Photo courtesy Barrett-Jackson. When Carroll Shelby needed a sports racer to run in the 1963 USAC West Coast “Fall Series,” he turned to race car builder John Cooper for help. Cooper beefed up the frame of his Cooper Monaco sports racer, knowing that Shelby would equip the car […]
Carroll Shelby, in his trademark overalls. Photo courtesy Carroll Shelby Foundation. The name Carroll Shelby is seemingly inseparable from the performance cars that bear his name, but long before Shelby had the idea to shoehorn a Ford V-8 into the engine bay of an AC Ace roadster, the personable Texan had established himself as a […]
Tom Cruise is attached to play auto designer Carroll Shelby. If Brad Pitt signs on, it will be their first project together since 1994's Interview With the Vampire. [...]