Updated: Mar 6
The man ( mini autobiography)
Born in 1923, Carroll Hall Shelby was a car designer, racing driver, entrepreneur and author. Throughout his life, Carroll Shelby had to carry a heart disease and experienced several health complications but that did not stop him from becoming the man that we know and remember today.
The vision ( from racing car to building muscle car )
From 18 to 25 years old Shelby served in the military as a staff sergeant pilot. After being discharged he started his own dump truck company after that he was an oil -well worker then finally started a farming business where he made some money which allowed him to start racing. After winning big races all across Europe as Le mans in France Shelby saw a vision that will transform the car industry in america as he put it in his memoir:
"..the longer i went on racing and was around limited production factories in Europe, the more i realized that America was missing a big bet, a winning bet..that winning bet i'm talking about was the design and production of an all purpose, all- American sports or grand touring car that you could drive to market and also race during weekend..." meaning Shelby wanted to put 300 horsepower V8 engine in your typical car.
Nothing can stop a man with a vision.
Shelby retired from racing due to his health complications and started to build on his vision; Building American sports cars
The realization ( top 5 vehicles by Shelby)
" Hi, am Carroll Shelby and performance is my business "
Here top 5 of vehicles where Shelby put his hands on
1. 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake
One of the most iconic American cars of all time, the Shelby Cobra, came to be in 1962 when Carroll Shelby combined Ford-made V-8 engines with British-designed AC Ace bodies.
2. 2013 Shelby GT500 Mustang
The 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, which is a pretty long name for a car, was the last Shelby car that Shelby himself saw launched. And perhaps that’s why its all the more special. This production car managed 662 horsepower with a 5.4-liter V8 engine, and Ford confirmed that at the time, it was the most powerful production car around.
3. 1965-66 Mustang GT350
The Mustang was Ford’s biggest commercial success since the golden days of Model T production.All GT350s started life on the Ford production line as Wimbleton White K-Code DSO fastbacks with a 271-horsepower 289 V-8 and black interiors.
4. 1964 Cobra Daytona Coupe
That’s where the Shelby Daytona Coupe comes in. Shelby had Pete Brock design a more aerodynamic body for the AC Ace – one that would allow for higher top speeds at Le Mans’ Mulsanne Straight. The design worked, allowing the coupe to hit 190 mph. The car’s debut race would be the 1964 Daytona Continental 2000 at the famed Daytona international Speedway in Florida.
5. 1964 Cobra 289 (Mark II)
This 1964 is a Mark II, which retained the original transverse-leaf-spring Ace chassis and 289 HO V-8 but adopted more precise rack-and-pinion steering. Only 528 Mark IIs were built.
learn more about shelby here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxN9MOYc7LY&t=591s