Carroll Shelby: Racer, Constructor, Innovator, Philanthropist, Icon, Friend
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Carroll Shelby, a car guy’s car guy and a longtime innovator and inspiration for Ford Motor Company performance vehicles, died May 10, 2012, at the age of 89 in California. Described by Edsel B. Ford II, great-grandson of Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company as “a great innovator whose legend at Ford will never be forgotten”, Carroll Shelby was a larger-than-life presence in an industry filled with giants. Shelby helped Ford dominate racing in the 1960’s, he was a long time partner in the development of Ford performance vehicles and, above all, he was a friend who supported numerous charities with his time, money and enthusiasm.

Shelby and Ford shared a connection that goes back to the beginning of his motorsports career. Known for his blue and white railroad coveralls, the inspiration behind the now famous “Shelby Stripes”, Shelby drove a 1932 Ford in his first official race – a drag race. From there Shelby moved on to sports cars and Formula 1, driving for Cad-Allard, Aston Martin, and Maserati in the 1950s.

Named Sports Illustrated “Driver of the Year” in 1956 and 1957, Carroll Shelby may have been better known as a constructor than the man who won the 1959 24 Hours of LeMans behind the wheel of an Aston Martin. Shelby stopped driving in 1960 after winning the USAC driving championship due declining cardiac health; in fact, Shelby had begun to drive with nitroglycerin tablets under his tongue in order to finish races.

In early 1961, Carroll Shelby had transitioned from race car driver to race car builder and team manager. His search for a powerful, light weight American engine led him to Ford’s lightweight small block V8. Shelby-America’s Ford powered aluminum-bodied 289 and 427 Cobra models changed the face of American road racing, with big wins over Corvette at Riverside, an impressive runs against Ferrari at Sebring and the GT class win at LeMans in 1964.

The rest, as they say, is the stuff of legend. Lee Iacocca’s desire to turn the Mustang into a true performance car created a long-lasting relationship between Carroll Shelby and Ford. Shelby’s vision of total performance transformed the 1965 Mustang into the GT350 street-legal race car, the Corvette killing Mustang GT350R, the 1966 GT350-H Hertz “Rent-a-Racer”, and the big-block GT500 and the GT500-KR “Road-King”. And that Cobra emblem? Rumor has it that it the name Cobra came to Shelby in a dream when he was building the first Cobra sports cars.

Impressed by Shelby’s success at LeMans as both a driver and constructor, Henry Ford II turned the struggling GT-40 project over to the Shelby-America team. Their goal? To beat Ferrari at their own game, in Europe, at LeMans. After all, Shelby had beaten Ferrari at LeMans with a Cobra. The results of their collaboration can only be described as astounding.  The GT-40 won its first race at Daytona in February 1965, delivered a 1-2-3 finish at LeMans that June, the first time an American team had ever won at Lemans, and went on to win Lemans four years in a row, from 1966 to 1969.

By 1970 Shelby had moved on to other projects. He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1992, due in no small part to his efforts at Ford.

In 2006 Shelby formed a new relationship with Ford Motor Company. Since his return to Ford, the 45th Anniversary Edition Shelby® GT350, the GT500, Shelby GT and Shelby GT500KR and the 40th Anniversary Hertz “Rent-a-Racer” Shelby GT-H have reintroduced a new generation of car buffs to the Shelby name. In 2009 Shelby was presented with lifetime achievement award as the Automotive Executive of the Year.

There was another side to Carroll Shelby too. He may have worn a black Stetson, but unlike the bad guys in Westerns, Carroll Shelby was one of the good guys. A sickly child, Shelby underwent a heart transplant in 1989 and later went on to establish the Carroll Shelby Children’s Foundation™ to provide assistance for children’s acute coronary and kidney care.

A regular at the Barrett-Jackson collectors car auction, Carroll Shelby was involved in numerous charitable projects. The first 2007 Ford Shelby GT 500 auctioned off raised more than $600,000 for the Carroll Shelby Foundation. He was part of effort behind the one-of-a-kind 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Durability Car that was auctioned off for $300,000 this past January to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Shelby himself logged some time behind the wheel of the GT500 prototype, saying I’m really proud to have my name on this car that you guys [the Ford SVT Team] have put together working with my dreams of what I think a car should be.”

Carroll Shelby’s dreams of total performance are as relevant today as they were 60 years ago. You can see them in every Mustang that proudly wears Shelby Stripes; you can hear them when a 427 Sideoiler Shelby Cobra fires up its engine, and you can experience them in the Ford Shelby GT500.

We’d love to hear how Carroll Shelby inspired your Ford Story. You can submit your stories, pictures and videos through Ford Social at Your Stories.

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224 COMMENTS ON THIS ARTICLE
PAUL L RIP. Carroll. The 427 Ac Cobra is still my favourite car !!!
1 year(s) ago via
pleas rest in peace
1 year(s) ago via
A true american hero! He will always be remebered and admired! Thank you ford for keeping his vision! And his spirit alive!
1 year(s) ago via
Jason J My wife called me at work the day mr Shelby passed, and I broke down and cried on the spot. Def not normal for me, but Carroll has always and always will be my biggest Car hero ever.
2 year(s) ago via
Akhil Nair A SALUTE TO THE LEGEND. CAROLL SHELBY R.I.P
2 year(s) ago via
Mohammed S Hey ford i,m a big ford fan and we all sorry to the lost of Carroll Shelby and Thanks to his efforts in building better mustangs I suggest that you make a special appearance package called Eleanor appearance package and to put every Eleanor parts in that package such as grills bumpers fog lamps tail lamps exhaust spoiler interior and wheels
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Mohammed S hey ford i,m a big ford fan and we all worry to the lost of Carroll Shelby and Thanks to his efforts in building better mustangs I suggest that you make a special appearance package called Eleanor appearance package and to put every Eleanor parts in that package such as grills bumpers fog lamps tail lamps exhaust spoiler interior and wheels
2 year(s) ago via
James Up until a few days ago I was at a loss as to what car to own next. It is now clear that it should be one that bears the name of strength, greatness, innovation, legend, courage, dignity; better said: S H E L B Y
2 year(s) ago via
gene R.I.P.
2 year(s) ago via
John Romano Carroll Shelby was one of my idols RIP
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Allison Fraser God bless the Shelby family, and May Carroll Shelby's legend pass on and live through his work.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
R.I.P. Carroll Shelby, you will be missed but never forgotten.
2 year(s) ago via
Marco A. Ortega RIP Carroll Shelby. A true American legend!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Andrew Christner We've lost a true american and car god. Mr Shelby was on of my all time hero's and my only regret was not being able to shake his hand. Though every time I drive a car with his name on it or a replica of a shelby cobra just grabbing that gear shift will forever feel like I'm shaking probably the greatest performance car builders hand. Thank you Carol Shelby for the best cars ford has ever offered. And I just hope the legecy lives on.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
When I was a kid back in the late 60's, my neighbor friend's dad owned a Ford dealership. I remember him having a green 1968 Shelby GT500 convertible sitting in his driveway It had dealer plates on it and he drove it back and forth to work everyday.. That was the first Shelby Mustang that I ever saw close up and I fell in love with it right away. I've never had the pleasure of owning a Shelby but I sure do love the cars and love what Mr. Shelby did with the Mustangs I would give almost anything to have one. I also admire all the charity work Carroll did for children everywhere. We lost a hero. R.I.P. Carroll Shelby.
2 year(s) ago via
John R Mr. Shelby thanks for shaking my hand when we were on the same flight to Los Angeles. I still have the autograph you so kindly signed and gave to me.
2 year(s) ago via
Jimmerz I am without words RIP
2 year(s) ago via
John Ericson RIP. Carrol. Your name will live on and your accomplisments will not be forgotten.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dirk Theisen His cars will remind us 4ever!!! A Legend is gone...
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
all you can say is wow! What a Awesome ride with Carrol! Pat Shelby should take this over and run it! I'm a orig gt500 owner. ie: PERMANENT PETROLHEAD! There should be a Special Ford Badge Tribute(s) to Mr Carrol Shelby incl.WITH Mr Carrol Smith who was the Tech Director on many LE Mans projects. ("24heur du Mans") Just Amazing Heritage, FOLKS!!
2 year(s) ago via
Rodrigo Motta God save master Shelby o/
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
we will surly miss the giant icon of the ford mustang god be with you mr shelby. we need to dedicate to him
2 year(s) ago via
Matt Vid totally. he is a true inspiration
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ron Leonhardt R I P Carroll Shelby.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Harry Berg Rip Carroll , you will be greatly missed.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Mike Scansaroli RIP Mr Shelby.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jenna Jean Schlamp sooooo sad.....
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Paul A Rest in peace Carroll. You have given us all so much and hope we can live up to the standards that you have shown us over the years.
2 year(s) ago via
Janet Harbaugh He will be missed. Years of Mustangs and Vipers, to collaborating on the 2013 Mustang GT500, 650 HP!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ben Hanna RIP Mr. Shelby and thank you!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Wayne Louks God Speed
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Gary Harley Jr. R.I.P. Mr. Shelby, and thanx for all the cool Ford stuff.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
lawrence Very sad...he will be missed...always loved the Mustangs from the 1st ones in 1964...Thank you Carroll Shelby, for the thrills, the excitement and the great cars...
2 year(s) ago via
Eric V This news is so sad for me... Rest in peace Carroll Shelby. You will always be synonymous with American Automotive innovation. You and all your work will live on and continue to be LEGENDARY! You have influenced so many and therefore your vision will continue to live on in the actions of those who loved you!
2 year(s) ago via
Andy Leiner R.I.P. Carroll Shelby. A true American racing icon,and performance car building genius...
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Eric Vera Rest In Peace Carroll Shelby. Thanks for what you did with Mustang....and everything else! You are and always will be a Badass LEGEND!
2 year(s) ago via
Brian I man you'll never forget meeting.........rest well Carrol Shelby.
2 year(s) ago via
Patrick Günther RIP Mr. Shelby . We lost a legend. God bless your family. Greats from germany
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dave E A monumental loss. RIP Mr. Shelby.
2 year(s) ago via
Anton Alexandrovich Koryagin Success in creativity, health and long years of life to you Mr. Carroll ! *Several times I wrote to it on e-mail, but he didn't answer me any that.. =/ Tell to it please - that he checked at himself entering e-mail - I offered design of the new Cobra, and that be Mr. Carroll expressed the opinion concerning my prototype of new model.. Thanks =)
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
BJ Simmers R.I.P. Carroll Shelby........ The Race Is Won!
2 year(s) ago via
Mauricio Perez A sad day indeed. Cobra for life!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Cameron Travers A very sad day for more than just the automotive and race community. Condolences to the family, friends snd staff of Carrol. He gave so much to so many. A great inspiration to many generations of car enthusiasts, racers and car builders. RIP Mr Shelby, you will be missed.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
K M M My brother owned one of his cars.
2 year(s) ago via
Bobby Dye Best Ford Motor Company had .
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
David Emerson Kemp America lost a great legend.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Robert Orth R.I.P Carroll Shelby... Your a TRUE LEGEND
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
martha We will miss you in Vegas next year May a white light surround you!
2 year(s) ago via
Darren B God Speed Mr. Shelby. As an employee of Ford Motor Company, I would like to say word of your passing went through our dealership and created an immediate silence. We will miss you and your legendary talents. On behalf of a grateful fan, I wish your family and fans the strength to carry on your legacy as you will always have a special place in the hearts of those that wear the blue oval every day. God Bless you and God bless America!
2 year(s) ago via
Braden C Rest in Peace Carroll Shelby you will never be forgotten, Ford keep building class leading mustangs in his honor
2 year(s) ago via
mike lost a great man.RIP.chevy and dodge suck
2 year(s) ago via
Jeff Hernandez RIP Carroll...your legend and cars will forever live on!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Gerardo Montejano Martinez RIP Mr. Shelby, Now begins the legend
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Karl Jacobs RIP Mr. Shelby and PLEASE Ford bring us other performance vehicles with REAR WHEEL DRIVE like the AUSSIE UTE FPV and a Rear Drive Performance LINCOLN! I miss my Mark VIII ....... MR. Shelby would want you to do that! thanks.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dale Kent r.i.p. mr. SHELBY AND GOD BLESS HIS FAMILEY
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Russell Edward Turner R.I.P Mr Shelby. Thank you for being a true Visionary, Pioneer, And Gentleman in the world of High Performance Engineering and car customizeation. You will be surely missed, and Remembered as one of the Greats both on and off the Track.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Chuck DeMory Jr My heart just skipped a beat to hear the loss of a legend. He has been a big part of my life and Ford Motor being a dominat in the muscle car arena. I have a 1968 Shelby Replica (one of the fastest Pro Steet Cars in the World) and 2012 Mustang GT. He has made believe that Mustangs are super cars. He has touched my life and Family. Rest in Peace ...God Bless...Chuck DeMory Jr
2 year(s) ago via
Raul Hernandez Thanks carrol for a most amazing americans cars
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
jose would the 1991 3.0 interchange with 2.9
2 year(s) ago via
Brice Elliott Cornelius R.I.P. Shelby. You where a man against this Enviro"mental"ist and a true Petrol head. You will be missed.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Marc M Cuomo GodSPEED has a whole NEW meaning! For Eternity.......
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Diane Hawkins Ridgeway rest in peace-thank you for all you created-
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
John P Varry I had a ' 67 GT-500 ,signed on the glove box door by Carroll .
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Lorne Pirson May you continue to race with others that have passed before you. You will be missed. R.I.P. Carroll Shelby.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Darrell D Crone He was an American Icon Caroll RIP.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Bryce A A great man with a great legacy rest in piece carroll
2 year(s) ago via
John C Thank you for all that you have done for so many.. Rest in Peace Carroll Shelby. Your genius will never be duplicated.
2 year(s) ago via
Shannon Alexander One of my forite things, a Shelby RIP
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
David Ward A great man in the world has passed on. I remember seeing Caroll at Oshkosh WI. For the air show. I had to wait in line for two hours around an air plain hanger to see him. He was a patient man and was honest. He will be missed.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Willis Fath just like ford carroll is the best.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Barbara E My ex husband always admired and wanted a Shelby - great car. Sorry for the family's loss. You're in our prayers.
2 year(s) ago via
Tony I washed and waxed my shelby GT today, as I got to the plack that bears his name, I started to well up. rest easy Mr. Shelby as legends never die.
2 year(s) ago via
Logan Pitosky R.I.P. Carroll... We will all miss you. Youve really made American Muscle history.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Addriell Reyes Rest in Peace Carroll Shelby. You are gone but will never be forgotten.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Wess Farless Godspeed Carroll Shelby. You will be greatly missed.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Damon Sholtey Here's to the man who brought Enzo Ferrari to his knees like it was simply something to do for a couple of years. All hail the GT40 and Team Shelby Cobra!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Nathan Davis We have lost one of the most imporant people in the whole automotive industry. Without him, nothing would be as it is now. Imagine a world without any 65 cobras, no gt 350s or 500s. that is a world i would not want to live in. you will always be in every true gearhead's hearts and remembered whenever one of your beautiful creations is seen rolling down the road. R.I.P. Carol Shelby
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Tom Shaw A true legend and pioneer..RIP Mr. Shelby
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Rick Nagel A loss to Ford fans. Rest in peace Mr. Shellby. Thank you for the fun times.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Art Stauber He leaves quite a legacy
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Michael Wagner I have always been a fan of this LEGAND. I have always been a FORD owner.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ken L Drove a2011 Shelby GT500 man the power in that car car I had to go throttle so I wouldn't fish tall off the road. RIP Carroll
2 year(s) ago via
David Garant A very sad day the loss of an icon RIP Mr Shelby condolences to all the shelby famliy.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Kyle Managa Chagwaten R.I.P Mr. Shelby
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
David Longoria Heaven finally got a Shelby. Thanks for everything, you'll be greatly missed. Condolences to Mrs. Shelby and the entire Shelby family. RIP Mr. Shelby.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Kami Sand R.I.P. Carroll
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jay Zuniga Rip sir,u will b missed!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Kenneth Franks R.I.P
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Tarra Smith Enochs This makes me so sad. What an amazing man and legend....thoughts and prayers to the Shelby family.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Paul Boyter An icon, a legend and true American Classic.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Cristy Davis RIP Mr. Shelby, love ford. Mustang :(
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Alisha Sherden R.I.P
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Alisha Sherden They forgot LEGEND
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jered Jarvis In honer of carrol shelby i think it would be only right if Ford made a special commorative edition mustang dedicated to him, his life, and his legend. One that showcases a bit of racing history and specific features of iconic mustangs and shelbys of the past and design it to be a true drivers car.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Scott Jones RIP MR. SHELBY
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Charlie Medford God rest his soul.....
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Byron Aucoin thank you Carroll Shelby for all that you have done for the automotive world! R.I.P. I hope that one day I will own one of your great creations.
2 year(s) ago via
Jerry Backlund A man driven to provide us with a ride that we love to drive. RIP and thanks
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I can remember when i was a teen. We would invoke the Carroll Shelby name, because we new how fast the Shelby's were and what they did in Europe! Also i remember having a Daytona coiled in my HO scale racing car set! My favorite car is 69 Shelby Mustang, 71 Boss 351 Cleveland but truth is i love anything Ford! I seen on the streets in the 60s and 70s what Fords could do! Im so proud of Ford for taking of Mr Shelby! Always wanted to meet him and tell him how much i loved him, and how much he influence me as a youngman! Shelby represented to me what America stands for! We dont take no stuff off nobody! A chicken farmers beats the Euros at the race game! And i mean no disrespect to the european automotive group, believe i know that they dont have to take a backseat to no one! RIP Mr Shelby.....Ford make sure you take care of Steve Saleen and Mr Roush we gonna need them to carry the torch now! And please bring back the Towncar! Best riding car in the world! Plus im 6'5to 325lbs i cant fit in these little cars. Plus us old school drivers like a full frame car! I dont care about the gas price. My favorite 98 Towncar gets excellent gas mileage! People still think its a new car because the design is timeless! Another trade mark of for design engineers
2 year(s) ago via
Mike S I love my Mustang. Thank you Carroll for all you have done for the USA and drivers all over the world.
2 year(s) ago via
Scott Seavey RIP Carroll We'll Miss your Genious
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Robert Zabbia A truly great American.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Péťa Peknejidiot Soukupů THX mr.Shelby RIP WE LOVING MEMORY
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ernesto Gonzalves A man, a legend, RIP Mr Shelby
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Scott Baldwin RIP MR. SHELBY
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Tazfoss R.I.P. God must have needed him to put Enzo in his place.
2 year(s) ago via
Michael Cruz Rest in peace Mr Legend.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dave Schrader I hope to sell the new 2013 Shelby GT500. 650 HORSES Taking you home Sir...
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dave Schrader We have lost a Legend...
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Donald Osborn Will be Missed!!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Walter Beach Bummer huge! His machine brings me great joy. You will be missed.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
LeRoy C the world is a little sadder now that the great chicken farmer from Texas has passed into the great beyond, he will me missed and mourned by myself and all his fans RIP
2 year(s) ago via
Ted Borgers Mr. ( Cobra ) Shelby your craft will be missed and your legend will live forever . Idol ,legend, dreamer , and inventor even foes had the greatest respects for you and your spirit
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Michael Bostick Thanks for the memories and THE GREAT MUSTANGS, I still drive a new Mustang and an ALL FORD FLEET thanks in part to "Mr. MUSTANG," Carroll Shelby. I will never forget your racing victories, especially the World Championships for Ford over Ferrari.
2 year(s) ago via
Richard Powell Thanks for the ride Carroll!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jay He was a great man. An ICON! He will be missed. I hope Ford will continue to honor his legacy by continuing to build beautiful cars that bear his name!
2 year(s) ago via
Steven Bartlett Your are forever in our hearts mr. Shelby
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Davide Dade Bellini Thank you for everything!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Eric M Schrack RIP
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Charles Glenn Requa Sorry Mr Shelby
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Charles Glenn Requa RIP Mrs Shelby you are a great man and will be missed
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Michael S Godspeed Mr. Shelby
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Bcpbulldogs Bullys He was such a class act. RIP
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ivan Stojanovic He stunned us here with his amazing cars and talent, I am sure he will do the same up in the sky. Carroll, you were one of a kind... from one petrolhead Ford fan to another... I salute you.
2 year(s) ago via
Charlie Carrol Shelbey was an inspiration to me. He has made my love for Ford more than any could imagine.
2 year(s) ago via
Brad B Hey Ford ! Well we've lost another Automotive Legend. But, I always try to find a positive. We all remember Dale Earnhardt Sr. I guess he was having trouble with the setup on his Fusion up in Heaven. Yes I said Fusion, He saw what Carl's doing with the 99 car and finally gave in to a Fusion, Carroll Shelby, is his new crew chief. What a legend and innovator, and friend to all of us, may the wind always be to your back.
2 year(s) ago via
Evelio Quinonez Carroll Shelby......thank you!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Donald Jamison R.I.P
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Eric M I remember when I was 18 and we were driving in Vermont when I turned my head and saw that white with the blue stripes gt350. Wow!!!! That moment in time has always eft a lasting memory or what we can do if we put ur minds to something. I just bought a black gt at 420hp is really enough for me. Thank you Mr Shelby for the dream and the reality.
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Diego Kulik Wir werden dich nie vergessen ! dein erbe wird weiterhin auf den Straßen fahren .... in ewiges Erinnerung . R.I.P.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Simon Awesomizzle Davies thanks for making those mustangs and cobras beat them chevvys! RACE IN PEACE Legend!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Kathy Wagner Your imagination and spirit will be missed...
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Steven M Schwenn RIP Carroll Shelby. May the Shelby legend live on forever!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Gerardo E i wish i had a chance to meet him
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Irtiza Ashraf rip mr shelby
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
James Horne Carroll Shelby was an epic tale of man and machine. R.I.P.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Geneva Kidd Smith He was suppose to live forever. Long live the Shelby Mustang!!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Joe Avila QEPD Sr. Shelby!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Joey Votta RIP Mr. Shelby !
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Chris Frcek RIP ,,,,,MR SHELBY !
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Mark Sayers It is a sad day for all car lovers he will be missed .
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Stuart Erickson II Rest in peace Carroll Shelby, you will be sadly missed, and fondley remembered.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Kylie Graham Such a sad day, rip and thank you xoxo
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Robert Fullbright Rip Mr Carroll Shelby you will be miss by all the Ford fans
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Diana Lynn Napoli Rest in peace.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Andy Aitken He will be missed by a lot of us Ford fans the world over.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Michael Lounsbury the automotive icon, legend, innovator and racing legend has left a huge void he will be missed but his name will never be forgotten. He will continue his vision even in heaven. May your wheels never stop and your engine continue to redline! We with oil in our viens will never forget!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Josh Adelmeyer Thank you for all you have done for automotive history.RIP
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Chris Burns Or start dating the other guys exs that havum
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Kyle Pate RIP Mr. Shelby
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
DJ This is a Sad day for the Mustang Community. As well as the Automotive community. At least Shelby was able to see a 1000hp Shelby Mustang, just like he'd always wanted. Plus with the 650hp Shelby GT500 coming out...what better way to remember him by? Legends live. They are immortal for eternity. And as long as there are people, there will be cars. And with cars, there will be stories. And with stories...there will be those of men who changed the automotive world for the better. Carroll Shelby. Racer. Innovator. Cook. Entrepreneur. Philanthropist. Genius.
2 year(s) ago via
Jeff Dugan Rip mr shelby
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John Allen I met Carroll Shelby at Ford's 100th anniversary. Dad and I were the first people he met as he stepped out of the car and traded his signature stetson for a Ford 100th hat. Eventhough I was overcome by a feeling of greatness, there was a comfort and a warmth in his presence.A true American legend that will always be missed, and never forgotten.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Scott R I was finally able to buy my dream car, the 2013 Shelby GT500 and had great hopes of meeting the Legend responsible for it. Unfortunately, I will not get the chance to meet Mr. Shelby but he will always be in my heart especially when I drive around !!! Rest In Peace Sir. Respectfully and Sorrowfully, Scott Ralston
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dave he brought alot to the ford table!!
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Terri Kindelay R.I.P
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
James Dustin Jorgenson In his memory I'll do the longest smokiest burnout hears to you
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Abraham E. Galvan Often imitated but never duplicated he is the originator...The legend
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
DUSTIN DAVIS Carroll Shelby and his legendary car lineup are the very reason I want to become an automotive designer for Ford. The Mustangs, Cobras, and the GT40 are my top favorite vehicles and serve as the inspiration for my designs.
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Jon Stepro Thank you Mr. Shelby. You will be missed.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Robert Velarde Very sad loss
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
John R. Bennett God speed Sir... God speed.. I will always be a fan.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Joshua Hansen A huge loss... Changed automotive industry forever ... What beautiful machines he built... He will be missed greatly...
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Harvey Philumalee another legend passing on R.I.P
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Tommy Brandt R.I.P. Carroll
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DonaldTamara Davis He will be missed. His name and Ford just went together so well and will be remembered for many years to come.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Clint Peer there's a 100 ft long set of tiretracks down the golden bricks tonight......
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Mike Hutton R.I.P. carroll shelby michigan loves ya you will be forever missed but never forgotten you may be gone but your legend will live on in infancy
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Tiago Resende i only say Thank You Mr Carrol Shelby, you will be in our heart for ever :)
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Gilbert Sanchez R.i.p. Mr.Shelby
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Patrick Garcia Cars he designed sparked my love affair with hot rods...
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Sammy L The One and Only, Carroll has been my big Hero since i was a young boy,made me intrested in Real cars. He will be in my hearth and mind forever.An Icon has gone,and it's so much to read and think
2 year(s) ago via
Douglas P. Selfridge God Rest His Soul Thanks for the memories
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Matt Skinner R.I.P mann :(
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Tibor Bender RIP Mr. Shelby!!! This ist a sad day for America and all Car lovers around the World. We maybe have lost a Legend but we will never forget you!!! Every time when i will drive my Shelby GT500 or i will see one of your Cars i will think about you.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Sonya Mitchelson R.I.P Mr Shelby, you are a ledgend! Love your work, gone but never forgotten :(
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
David E. Hale RIP Carroll.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Nate Glez rip. brotha from anotha motha
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Donnie Henderson My favourite car, A SHELBY, RIP. and thank you!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Allison Oja His memory will live on in performance cars. He lived a long life and was looked up to by SO many.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
James Chesson II R.I.P. my Texas friend!!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
John Walsh R.I.P.Carrol Shelby. . All the car companies you have worked with will truly miss you. .
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Michael Richard Hartman The Man !
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Nicholas Galgoul God rest his soul. An American icon.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dan Deitz A sad day for all enthusiasts. RIP Mr Shelby.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Tim Allen Thanks for sharing! Was very happy to have met him! What a legend ~
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
John Turner God must have needed help with a GT350.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Donna Rest in Peace, Mr. Shelby. You were a legend, and I'm sure you're racing with Angels now.
2 year(s) ago via
Mal Johnson I 'second' all the previous comments. R.I.P. Mr Shelby.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Adreadn Vaal I'm terribly sorry! I feel so ashamed!! An immortal has just gone bur his legacy may live for ever in all the ones that loves, met and admire him..
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
John Turner Man, that really sucks. The world needs more badasses like him.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Josh Shearn Lavenets Thank you MR. Shelby for the AC Cobra
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Mark Butler So very sad he was the God of car guys motor head !!! He will be missed !!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Tony Angelotta RIP Carroll Shelby, you'll be missed.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Edward Jordan Carroll Shelby should also be remembered for his charitable work through The Shelby Foundation which helps children with life-threating illnesses. He was a great human being.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Perry Borne Rest in Peace Mr.Shelby, you will be missed
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Kari Seppen RIP, you will be missed
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Sammy Lundell Bye, R.I.P.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Sean Hensley Guess Henry needed a sports car upgrade. Would've loved to do a mentorship with the man. Working on a 302, his advice would've been better than gold.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Bob Bielicki I had a '69 Fairlane Cobra, not one his but it had the name. Loved the car,miss it. He was a great man.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Aleasha Hudson Whitlock RIP Carroll, you will be greatly missed
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Vince Pagliaminto The auto industry lost a monumental and legendary icon today.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Tobie Scarbrough What a icon, and a legend. He changed the sport of racing so much and spanked all the other makes with the Shelby's. You will be missed. God Bless
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Billy Knott In tear's.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Shankar Narayanan RIP Mr. Shelby.. Your legend will live on...Glad to have worked on some of your design for the SVT Cobra!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Scott Griffin An automotive icon is gone , I guess god needed some advice on what ford model he should purchase.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Richard Hord A great inspiration for Ford Motor Company. God speed :)
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Spiderz Web-Design PCatphotography rip that. guy was the coolest old guy who ever lived . what r they going to do with his shelby collection ?
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Henry Shk RIP
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Doug Allsop Thank you Carroll... RIP
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Michael Schumacher (MSC) Goodbye my friend.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
James Jenkins III Unlike
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Matt Green We have lost an icon. Mr. Shelby your legacy will live on forever.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Roger ShiflettAutomotive You will NEVER be forgotten - RIP and Your family is in the thoughts and prayers of all of us here at the dealership!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Sue Ersig-Knight Im soory I didnt read the entire post ! My condolences to his family and friends and the entire Ford Company !
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Pat Gephart Putman RIP
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Muhammad Sheik Oumar Thanks Ford Motor Company for letting the fans know. This really is a great loss.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Hans Dietrich Truly sad. He will be remembered in the hearts of automotive enthusiasts all over the world!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Brandon Long He was a helluva man, a God in the car industry, thats for sure!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Zachary Kendrick He will be missed
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Matt Korczyk Rip, a sad day for all car guys
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dianna Mae Davis R.I.P.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Shawna Gould Sallee So sad .. what an inspiration to so many!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Larry Garlinger God Bless You And RIP
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
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