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
Blame it all on notorious badass Carroll Shelby. The man was a goddamn prophet. Back in 1965 he knew what was wrong with the Mustang—it needed more power. It doesn't take a genius to think that, but it took one to make it happen, and to make history. Shelby gave the pony car more power in the form of the GT350—and the muscle car world...
The Shelby name is recognized worldwide but until recently it was hard for the brand founded by the late Carroll Shelby to expand overseas due to the fact that the most popular car it worked on, the Ford Mustang, was never officially sold outside of North America. That all changed when the Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] introduced the current...
Generally speaking, any automobile with direct ties to Carroll Shelby commands a premium price, from Cobras through G.T. 350s and even into modern performance Mustangs tuned by Shelby American. The exception to this rule seems to be the Shelby-tuned Dodges built in the 1980s, which remain affordable and entertaining, particularly in light of their relative […]
There’s hardly a driver or car mentioned – even in passing – in this video report of the 1964 SCCA Sports Car Championship series race at Road America that isn’t today considered a legend. There’s Carroll Shelby and his Cobras, of course, but also Walt Hansgen in a Ferrari, Jim Hall in his Chaparrals, and […]
After winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959 (in the Aston Martin DBR1), Carroll Shelby wanted to return to Europe to beat Ferrari with a car of his own design. In 1964, he began work on the 1964-1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe, a car that...Show More Summary