Skip to comments.Ford Mustang legend Carroll Shelby dies
Posted on 05/11/2012 1:18:15 PM PDT by b4its2late
If you havent caught it yet on social media outlets, were here to share some sad news in the Ford Mustang world, everyone. As the headline states, weve lost Carroll Shelby from this land and hes no doubt headed to the 1320′ strip in the clouds for the hereafter. Shelby passed away at age 89 yesterday, at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. As of this point, we know he was not doing well health-wise, but the official terminal cause has not been released.
The automotive magnate of all things Mustang, and other Detroit muscle, will be sorely missed as one of the legends one of the greats one who shaped the automotive industry AND aftermarket then, now, and the future.
Hats off from StangNet, Carroll Shelby. Your presence will be sorely missed by many.
Keep reading at the link to get more detail in the Press Release following
Too bad. RIP. Bill “Grumpy “ Jenkins just died 3-4 weeks ago also.
Man those newer Stangs are ugly.
They look like an athlete that’s put on 100 pounds of bloat after his career is over.
I am not so sure he will be remembered for the 1/4 mile. He made his name on the road course I believe. Anyway a great man who built great cars. RIP
At least we enjoyed him for a good long run. RIP
I love the new stangs more than the old ones.
Aw, man ... too bad. RIP and thanks for the great rides!!
But they also have 2 to 3 times the horsepower. I’ll take the 100lbs.
The performance and dynamics are impressive.
I just think they look bloated.
Camaro much the same way.
The Challenger is most faithful to the original.
I have a 67 Camaro and think it looks so much better than the new re-creation.
I wished it as mine instead of rental.
My gnome @ Ford heard last year that they took Ol-Shel for a sedate drive of a Shelby on their Dearborn Test Track while Parnelli Jones 70-ish went out and flogged a Boss 302 like he was a young man. That may have been the hint his health was not well...
I always thought of Shelby as kind of the Chuck Yeager of the road. Beating Ferrari at their own game was once as seemingly an insurmountable feat as breaking the sound barrier.
Mr. Shelby, you ran a good race. Somewhere, a checkered flag is waving as you cross the final finish line. Godspeed, sir.....
The last of a total of 90 J2 Allards built, J2179 was ordered on August 15, 1951 with special instructions for Black paint, Red leather upholstery and a bulge in the bonnet to take Cadillac. It was then shipped to Texas and fitted with a 331 cubic-inch Cadillac V-8, after which it was purchased by its original owner Charles Brown of Monroe, Louisiana. Records show that J2179 was twice driven by Fred Cook, and then raced at least three times in SCCA competition by Carroll Shelby to three wins.
Next came fitting the AC sports car with a Ford V-8. The rest is history.
RIP Mr. Shelby. Perfecting a very fine model and becoming world renown for it is very “Special” indeed!
as a faithful corvette owner, rest in peace..
RIP, Mr Shelby.
Someone more knowledgeable on the era can correct me if there are errors in the above...
At that time, Hertz had put a whole bunch of GT 500s into the rental fleet. The story was that sports car racers were renting them and pulling the engines to put into their rides for the weekend, then reinstalling them on Sunday evenings.
Sorry ‘bout the image folks...well, he was larger than life. :(
I don’t have that knowledge but my BIL let me behind the wheel of his ‘70 Mach I in the day and I was not let behind that motor ever again. Good Lord, toes rattled and nose hair shriveled up. I was a bit of a youngster shy of my teenth years. Whew!
I believe both Lotus and TVR also made good use of Ford V-8s.
Racing in those days was mostly on the old Mansfield, LA airport. I still have a slide (and mental image) of Carroll Shelby driving someone's big Ferrari, one hand on the wheel and the other arm propped on the door rim.
My brother’s best friend bought one of those first Shelby Mustangs when he was just out of high school. The kid had worked at a garage since he was 14 and bought his own garage when he graduated from high school and year or two later bought himself a Shelby Mustang and went to the Shelby racing school to learn to drive it, had the car brought out to CA for the racing school on a car carrier and drove out in another vehicle, which he left behind after the racing school was over.
I remember seeing the odd little TVR with a 260 Ford motor. TVR hadn’t completely thought out placement of the motor as i recall the steering wheel shaft was slightly off center, forcing a curious seating position.
Agree with your Camaro assessment. I loved the 67-69 shape. This new thing looks like a squashed bug, and it is huge..
Yeah, but you couldn't make a car that looked like any of the classics today due to all of the mandated equipment that has to go on them.
The Cobra came first in late 1962 early 1963. When Sunbeam(Roots Group) saw what the cobra was doing on the race track and on the Show Room floor they wanted to get in on it. They had Carrol Shelby at Shelby American to do the enginering on the conversion of the Alpine to the Tiger.
Actually I like them all. The more horsepower the better.
Yep, as did the Lola GT. In fact, that's what drew Ford's attention and led to that car being developed into the GT-40. The 427 Cobra and the GT-40 were among the first cars, IIRC, to have had their suspension and chassis designs done by computer. Shelby really knew how to get the most out of his big corporate partner.
Master at going faster. Ol’ Shel’s Chili was pretty hot too!
Never like the Mustang Shelby. Looks like a bloated gawdy mad magazine car. Looks Dodgy.
The changes to the rear fenders in 2010 and the new engines in 2011 have made the Mustang a contender.
Looked at a Camaro, but I felt like I was sitting in a bucket. Being “tall waisted” and 6'3” didn't work for me. Either I was too tall or the Roof was too short. Then there was that little Government Motors issue.
The TVR I remember was in about 1970 or 71. I think it had a fiberglass body.
Something about it said, “bust me.”
I almost bought a 1969 Shelby GT 350 “H”. My Dad's “buddy” had one that I agreed to buy back in 1974 for $2000. I told him I would come by the next morning after going to the Bank to get the cash. I worked the Midnight Shift at the time.
When I called him the next morning to let him know I was on my way, he told me he sold it the night before because the guy had the cash in hand. Still pisses me off to this day.
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Misspent youth, young adulthood and now middle age. Still dream’n of that beast. Just sumpt’n about it.
Global respect, admiration and affection. I'd say Carroll did okay. :-)
The Car Was The One
- Mark Knopfler
Heard about this earlier this evening. RIP Mr. Shelby.
Next week, at this time, i am enrolled at Mott Community College for a three day build of a Factory Five Racing Cobra Roadster.
It is designed to help you build one when you buy a “Kit”.
I am not going to build a roadster. However, I am going to get the up-graded 65 Shelby Daytona Coupe.
It’s one bad “Mo-Fo”.
R.I.P Carroll Shelby.
You chicken rancher, you.
Wow; just wow. What a machine. Thanks for the pic, D.
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