Saturday, May 12, 2012

Mr. Mustang - Carroll Shelby dies at 89; cult classic car designer

He retired from racing and built the Cobra, which married Ford V-8 engines with a lightweight British chassis. He later worked with Ford on the Mustang.
Carroll Shelby, the charismatic Texan who parlayed a short-lived racing career into a specialized business building high-performance, street-legal cars, died Thursday. He was 89.

Shelby died at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, according to an announcement by his company, Carroll Shelby Licensing. A cause was not disclosed.

He led a colorful, outsized life that touched virtually every corner of the automotive world, said Leslie Kendall, curator of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

"He was the only individual to influence the designs of all three major American automakers. Everything he touched became legendary," Kendall said. "Even recently he was working on an experimental engine."

Living in the fast lane was a matter of fact for Carroll Shelby, who designed the cult-classic Shelby Cobras and Ford's Shelby Mustang.

He raced cars. He had a heart transplant from a Las Vegas gambler in 1990 and a kidney transplant from a son in 1996. He was married seven times.

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9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I thought he would die in a high speed crash.

Anonymous said...

Great Man, that is the epitome of what you can do with the right spirit. Grew from a chicken farmer to one of the most recognized names in automotive history.

The type of successful guy that Obama and the Libs hate.

RIP, Mr. Shelby.

Anonymous said...

Will his coffin be a Shelby GT?

I Voted For Obama said...

Obama did not like his cars because they were not "green".

Anonymous said...

damn.

Turd Ferguson said...

The Mustang is made in China now.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I thought he would die in a high speed crash.

May 12, 2012 7:51 PM


No, you were mistaken. What DID die in a high speed crash where the sperm that you shot into your gay lover's poo hole.

The little swimmers never stood a chance, just like when you swallow loads of the population yogurt, fag.

Aldo Raine

Anonymous said...

LOL!!!! Aldo you asshole! Thats twice you made coffee come out of my nose!

Anonymous said...

A legend! Yes, this is a man who the liberals hate for no other reason than being self-made and successful!