[They felt] he drove every bit of a race car you could give him.”. Shelby, however, isn’t the type to look back. Due this summer as a coupe and a convertible, the 2007 GT500 doesn’t exactly represent a second act for Shelby, who with everything he’s done must be well into his second play. “He said, ‘We’ll beat this son of a bitch.’ ” With the Coupe, he knew he had a chance of doing so. Have you taken a DNA test?

Autoweek may earn money from the links on this page. “I loved being in an American car,” says Phil Hill, a Cobra driver who had been on the Ferrari team. It was fun.”. “It was a '38 Willys, old four-cylinder Willys. “Most of them hadn’t even been there.”, Shelby American started the 1964 season with the Daytona Coupe, a more aerodynamic, closed-roof Cobra that got its name from the year’s first race, the Daytona Continental, where it made its debut. She stayed on in Los Angeles where she met and mar- ried her first husband, who also was Swedish. He's a neat person. Shelby's survivors consist of his wife, Cleo Shelby; his sister and only sibling, Anne Shelby Ellison; daughter Sharon Lavine and sons Michael and Patrick Shelby (all three from his first marriage to Jeanne Fields); six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Just as important, though, Shelby knows it’s one of the last cars he’ll help design.

He functioned as a “spiritual grandfather” for the Ford GT, according to Ford chief creative officer J. Mays, but the project the car designer hopes will cement his comeback is the 2007 Ford Shelby GT500. Sure, he could have kept more of the original Cobras (“In 1988 they were selling for a million each”) or kept the Daytona Coupes (“One sold for $8 million the other day”). Right in the entryway there’s a photomural commemorating the GT40’s finest moments—Ford’s consecutive victories at Le Mans, in 1966 and ’67, which showed the European racing world that the company was a force to be reckoned with. Judicial seats on the Superior Court may seem the most obscure ballot items, but they now loom large as building blocks in a foundation of justice. A brutal, day-long endurance test held in northwestern France, Le Mans was considered the most prestigious sports-car race in the world, and Ferrari, which had mastered the art of building cars that ran fast for hours on end, was its Goliath. Given that legacy, expectations are high. “I raced against the other MGs and the Jowett Jupiters and so forth and won that race. Mrs. Shelby, a miniature horse rancher, died Thursday near the couple’s Pittsburg, Texas, home, said spokeswoman Herlita Natividad. “He never missed an opportunity to promote himself.”, For Shelby, this gentlemen’s pastime was becoming a career.

“Racing was going to go away, performance was going to go away.

You have to be in this business. It is all here. Interviewed for a 1990 Autoweek profile on his boss, Dowd put it this way: “I guess because we love him. However, the agreement later caused several glitches that drove Ford determined to defeat Ferrari on the fierce 24 Hour Of Le Mans track. Additional success came with his makeovers of the Ford Mustang, which resulted in Trans-Am racing titles and the ferocious Shelby GT350 street car.

The car still needs some tweaks, and as Shelby speeds around the track at up to 100 m.p.h., he starts talking about the suspension. But in the past three years he’s come back to the company where he made his mark. Shelby died at age 89 at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. He's really a very caring individual, which may be completely opposite to what he appears to be.”. She passed away in 1997. Mrs. Shelby, born in Stockholm, Sweden, also devoted her time to the Lena and Carroll Shelby Children’s Fund. Information about the foundation can be found at www.carrollshelbyfoundation.com. Shelby’s Mustangs, fitted with roaring exhaust systems, stiffer suspensions, and front grilles that made them look mean enough to eat a Corvette, also reflected the freewheeling car culture of California, where he moved in 1960.

There isn't time to name everybody who should get credit.”. Carroll Hall Shelby was born on 11 January 1923, in Leesburg, Texas USA, to Eloise and Warren Hall Shelby. For that and other reasons, admiring parents sent him photos of kids they'd named Shelby. View the profiles of people named Lena Dahl. “But at 83 I’ve got to be realistic and say I might not be here to do it.

But he is best known for creating the Cobra by putting a mighty Ford V-8 engine in the body of a lightweight English roadster—and for leading a Cobra-racing team to victory over Ferrari in the GT class at the 1964 24 Hours of Le Mans. Shelby tells O’Connell not to soften it up any more.

Leave a message for others who see this profile. “So I've always had my interest in cars, that's always been my No. Two more road races later in the year brought him two more wins, a four-for-four record that was only a taste of things to come. She died in …

The next day he showed a red car to another magazine.

“Chuck Yeager, Bob Hoover, myself—a lot of guys came out of that program that were good aviators,” Shelby said with pride.

Typically, Miles took the lead in the 24h of Le Mans race in 1966 and helped Ford finally obtain a public victory over Ferrari and regain their honor. Don Landy, who handled Shelby's overall business holding company, Shelby American Management Co. in McKinney, Texas, described his boss this way: “He's one of a kind. Sold without engines, they were considered “kit cars,” and thus not subject to the safety regulations that apply to production vehicles. “They were all hot-rodders with no education,” Shelby says with obvious pride. Shelby gave AC the impression that he had a line on engines from Ford, then told Ford he could get car bodies from AC. His third wife was Sue Stafford.

“I was never going to get married again,” he says. Carroll Hall Shelby was born on January 11, 1923, and died on May 10, 2012. And right in the center of the mural is a portrait of the racing manager chiefly responsible for those victories: Carroll Shelby. These are the cars that contribute to special events and inspire car manufacturers and car racers to design their great models.
... his fourth wife, Lena Dahl, was … So he floors it from a stop with the traction control on, then speeds around the track and tries again with it turned off. Like the Cobra, the Shelby Mustang GT350 was basically a high-end hot rod.

Beyond that, Shelby grew his business into a multifaceted “skunkworks,” doing advanced research and development for other clients. She died in a car accident in 1997. In 1967 a Ford public-relations executive came up with the idea of a chili cook-off, which he managed to get covered in several newspapers. The part was redesigned, and Shelby's “snakes” began a domination of production-sports-car events that lasted for several seasons, both in North America and overseas. At first, neither did Shelby: at Le Mans in 1965, not one of the GT40s finished the race. “I have three cars in mind that I’d like to build,” he says. Carroll is a human magnet because he has a good feeling for people, a great understanding.

Third Carroll Shelby spouse was a New Zealand woman, but this short-lived marriage lasted only a week before they decided to end up in divorce. “But using eyes in my ass,” he says, “there’s a lot of things I could have done.”, Instead, he’s thinking about ideas for other cars, even though his company has had cash-flow problems and is far behind on production. But a Shelby version of the Dodge Omni called the Omni GLH-S—the first letters stood for “Goes Like Hell”—went from zero to 60 m.p.h. His height reached over 6 feet when he was a teenager, and he could even be taller in adulthood. Carroll Hall Shelby was born on Thursday, January 11, 1923 (age 89 years; at the time of death)in Leesburg, Texas, United States. After a preliminary venture with a handful of Chevrolet Corvette chassis rebodied by Italy's Scaglietti, he finally arranged a marriage between a new small-block engine being launched by Ford and the British-made AC Ace.