Carroll Shelby dies aged 89


One of the most vaunted names in recent motoring history – Carroll Shelby – has died.

Spirited racer and Le Mans winner, mastermind of the Cobra and indomitable spirit till the end, the flamboyant Texan was 89 years old and had recently been released from hospital after an illness.

Tributes are pouring in for the man who was given his big break in 1954 by Aston Martin team manager John Wyer.

His defining moment came in 1959 when he shared the winning Aston Martin with Roy Salvadori at Le Mans.

Within a year he had stopped racing for health reasons, but his real fame was just about to start.

A year after retirement he persuaded AC of the merits of fitting a V8 into its Ace chassis. A further year on the Cobra was launched and the rest is history.


Nuno Granja


He is bigger that life!


So long, Mr Shelby, and thank you.


At around 15 minutes in he explains the extraordinary trick he pulled to convince Ford and AC to let him make the Cobra.

One of a kind and probably the model for Steve McQueen. It doesn't get any cooler.


A legend has died today. RIP Caroll Shelby and thank you for your great contribution into creating some of the greatest cars the world has ever known, especially the Ford Shelby GT500 Eleanor, my dream car!

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