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Ford Mustang legend Carroll Shelby dies
Stangnet.com ^ | 5/11/2012 | Stangnet.com

Posted on 05/11/2012 1:18:15 PM PDT by b4its2late

If you haven’t caught it yet on social media outlets, we’re here to share some sad news in the Ford Mustang world, everyone. As the headline states, we’ve lost Carroll Shelby from this land and he’s 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…


TOPICS: Hobbies; Sports; Travel
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1 posted on 05/11/2012 1:18:20 PM PDT by b4its2late
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To: b4its2late
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2 posted on 05/11/2012 1:19:33 PM PDT by b4its2late (Patience is not a virtue, it is a waste of time.)
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To: b4its2late

Too bad. RIP. Bill “Grumpy “ Jenkins just died 3-4 weeks ago also.


3 posted on 05/11/2012 1:23:57 PM PDT by trailhkr1 (All you need to know about Zimmerman, innocent = riots, manslaughter = riots, guilty = riots)
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To: b4its2late

Man those newer Stangs are ugly.
They look like an athlete that’s put on 100 pounds of bloat after his career is over.


4 posted on 05/11/2012 1:24:13 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: b4its2late

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


5 posted on 05/11/2012 1:26:43 PM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
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To: b4its2late

At least we enjoyed him for a good long run. RIP


6 posted on 05/11/2012 1:26:55 PM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: nascarnation

I love the new stangs more than the old ones.


7 posted on 05/11/2012 1:27:36 PM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
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To: b4its2late

Aw, man ... too bad. RIP and thanks for the great rides!!


8 posted on 05/11/2012 1:28:09 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (Satisfied Customer™ #18!)
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To: nascarnation

But they also have 2 to 3 times the horsepower. I’ll take the 100lbs.


9 posted on 05/11/2012 1:28:58 PM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
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To: US_MilitaryRules

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.


10 posted on 05/11/2012 1:30:34 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: trailhkr1
I had to rent a car 3 years ago to get to work because my car was in garage. I asked for a basic ride. The only car they had available was a retro 2009 Mustang. They let me have it for the basic price. What a ride and great power. I showed up at work with the retro and was surrounded by car admirers fellow employees there.

I wished it as mine instead of rental.

11 posted on 05/11/2012 1:33:36 PM PDT by dancusa (The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. H.L Menkin)
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To: b4its2late
RIP Carl and thanks for giving many of us a magnificant dream.

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...

12 posted on 05/11/2012 1:35:16 PM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: b4its2late

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.


13 posted on 05/11/2012 1:35:18 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: b4its2late

Mr. Shelby, you ran a good race. Somewhere, a checkered flag is waving as you cross the final finish line. Godspeed, sir.....


14 posted on 05/11/2012 1:35:27 PM PDT by Donkey Odious (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: b4its2late

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.

15 posted on 05/11/2012 1:37:58 PM PDT by frithguild (You can call me Snippy the Anti-Freeper)
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To: b4its2late

RIP.


16 posted on 05/11/2012 1:40:24 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: b4its2late

RIP Mr. Shelby. Perfecting a very fine model and becoming world renown for it is very “Special” indeed!


17 posted on 05/11/2012 1:42:18 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

as a faithful corvette owner, rest in peace..


18 posted on 05/11/2012 1:44:04 PM PDT by brivette
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To: b4its2late

RIP, Mr Shelby.


19 posted on 05/11/2012 1:48:01 PM PDT by carriage_hill (((.)))
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To: eyedigress
Mr. Shelby put Ford V-8 engines in at least two English sports cars. I believe that the Sunbeam Alpine became the Sunbeam Tiger when equipped with the Ford 260 inch motor. While this was happening, Shelby hatched a deal with AC cars which resulted in the AC Ace becoming the AC Corbra.
Trouble was, Sunbeam was manufactured by Rootes of England, which had a Chrysler connection at the time. Ford motor encouraged Shelby to settle on AC and that ended the Tiger production.

Someone more knowledgeable on the era can correct me if there are errors in the above...

20 posted on 05/11/2012 1:49:56 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: dancusa
In 1968 I flew from Dallas to San Francisco for a business meeting in Sunnyvale. I had reserved a basic Mustang at Hertz. The clerk apologized that they were out of the low-priced Mustangs, but "would I be willing to take a Shelby GT-500 at the basic rate?" I "grudgingly" agreed. Had to get somebody to come out and get myself past the tilt-up steering wheel. What a great day . . . had to go via Half Moon Bay too.

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.

21 posted on 05/11/2012 1:54:25 PM PDT by 19th LA Inf
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To: b4its2late
What a legend! RIP.


22 posted on 05/11/2012 1:54:35 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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Sorry ‘bout the image folks...well, he was larger than life. :(


23 posted on 05/11/2012 1:55:45 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

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!


24 posted on 05/11/2012 1:57:30 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
"Mr. Shelby put Ford V-8 engines in at least two English sports cars. I believe that the Sunbeam Alpine became the Sunbeam Tiger when equipped with the Ford 260 inch motor."

I believe both Lotus and TVR also made good use of Ford V-8s.

25 posted on 05/11/2012 1:58:03 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
In my misspent youth, I always dreamed of owning a Shelby AC Cobra.


26 posted on 05/11/2012 1:58:40 PM PDT by Flatus I. Maximus
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To: b4its2late
At 89. What a life!


27 posted on 05/11/2012 1:59:51 PM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: frithguild
I knew Charles Brown slightly. Besides the Allard, he also had a 4.5 liter Ferrari. There was a funny story about him calling the factory in Modena to get help on adjusting the valves. Of course, they had to find someone to talk English to him.

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.

28 posted on 05/11/2012 2:00:40 PM PDT by 19th LA Inf
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To: b4its2late

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.


29 posted on 05/11/2012 2:01:20 PM PDT by Eva
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To: Flatus I. Maximus
Then I saw a Shelby Cobra Daytona...


30 posted on 05/11/2012 2:01:38 PM PDT by Flatus I. Maximus
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To: Joe 6-pack

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.


31 posted on 05/11/2012 2:06:57 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: nascarnation

Agree with your Camaro assessment. I loved the 67-69 shape. This new thing looks like a squashed bug, and it is huge..


32 posted on 05/11/2012 2:08:00 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: nascarnation
I have a 67 Camaro and think it looks so much better than the new re-creation.

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.

33 posted on 05/11/2012 2:12:05 PM PDT by jdub (A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Back in the early 90's I was a gnat's eyelash from buying a used TVR 280i, but ended up going with a Mitsubishi Eclipse instead. I did test drive the TVR, and was very impressed, but in retrospect, I probably would have had entirely tooooo much fun in that car. I alway liked the looks of the old TVR Tuscan from that era...


34 posted on 05/11/2012 2:14:54 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
I believe that the Sunbeam Alpine became the Sunbeam Tiger when equipped with the Ford 260 inch motor. While this was happening, Shelby hatched a deal with AC cars which resulted in the AC Ace becoming the AC Corbra.

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.

35 posted on 05/11/2012 3:13:32 PM PDT by painter (Rebuild The America We love!)
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To: nascarnation

Actually I like them all. The more horsepower the better.


36 posted on 05/11/2012 3:33:30 PM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
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To: Joe 6-pack
I believe both Lotus and TVR also made good use of Ford V-8s.

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.

37 posted on 05/11/2012 4:05:18 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: b4its2late

Master at going faster. Ol’ Shel’s Chili was pretty hot too!


38 posted on 05/11/2012 4:35:33 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: b4its2late

Never like the Mustang Shelby. Looks like a bloated gawdy mad magazine car. Looks Dodgy.


39 posted on 05/11/2012 4:45:08 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: jdub
Don't you think the Challenger is pretty faithful to the original?


40 posted on 05/11/2012 5:02:25 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: US_MilitaryRules
I like mine. Same color as the Shelby in the picture.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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.

41 posted on 05/11/2012 5:12:44 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (A day without Obama is like a day without a Tsunami.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

The TVR I remember was in about 1970 or 71. I think it had a fiberglass body.

Something about it said, “bust me.”


42 posted on 05/11/2012 5:15:40 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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43 posted on 05/11/2012 5:17:05 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: 19th LA Inf
It was a Shelby GT 350 “H”. Hertz didn't rent the Shelby GT 500. The 350 had a 351 Cleveland Engine. Most of the Hertz editions were Automatics, but I heard they had a few Four Speeds as well.

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.

44 posted on 05/11/2012 5:20:54 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (A day without Obama is like a day without a Tsunami.)
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To: Impala64ssa; bajabaja; carriage_hill; AFreeBird; rightly_dividing; Charles Martel; Clay Moore; ...
Motorhead, Collector Car Junkie, Speed Freak, Automotive Related Ping List.

Freepmail "Lazlo in PA" to be added or removed.

45 posted on 05/11/2012 8:23:39 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Flatus I. Maximus

Misspent youth, young adulthood and now middle age. Still dream’n of that beast. Just sumpt’n about it.


46 posted on 05/11/2012 8:56:27 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: Lazlo in PA
Nice notice and linked thread over on this U.K.-based auto forum:

www.pistonheads.com

Global respect, admiration and affection. I'd say Carroll did okay. :-)

The Car Was The One
- Mark Knopfler

47 posted on 05/11/2012 9:19:04 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Heard about this earlier this evening. RIP Mr. Shelby.


48 posted on 05/11/2012 10:41:23 PM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Flatus I. Maximus

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.
Sarc/off.


49 posted on 05/11/2012 11:45:25 PM PDT by gigster (Cogito, Ergo, Ronaldus Magnus Conservatus)
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To: Daffynition

Wow; just wow. What a machine. Thanks for the pic, D.


50 posted on 05/12/2012 4:23:54 AM PDT by carriage_hill (((.)))
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