Carroll Shelby dies, legendary muscle cars designer passes away at 89

By on May 12, 2012 in United States Comments

Carroll Shelby, a former award-winning car racer and a highly-respected muscle car designer, passed away on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at the age of 89, with the cause of his death not revealed.

According to an announcement by Carroll Shelby Foundation on their official website on Friday, Carroll Shelby died at the Baylor Hospital in Dallas, who is notably likely the only person to have worked at a visible level with all three major American automobile manufacturers.

As described in the report, Carroll Shelby was a man whose vision for performance transformed the automobile industry, and was one of America’s greatest success stories, not only being a great race car driver but being a philanthropist and entrepreneur as well.

“We are all deeply saddened, and feel a tremendous sense of loss for Carroll‘s family, ourselves and the entire automotive industry,” Carroll Shelby International, Inc. President and Board Member Joe Conway was quoted at CSCF.org.

“There has been no one like Carroll Shelby and never will be. However, we promised Carroll we would carry on, and he put the team, the products and the vision in place to do just that.” Mr. Conway added.

Carroll Shelby (born Carroll Hall Shelby) was born on January 11, 1923 in Leesburg, Texas, and was awarded by Sports Illustrated as Driver of the Year in 1956 and 1957, and retired from car racing in 1959 due to health concerns.

Back in 1962, he founded the company Shelby American to build and market high performance parts and modified cars, which among them are Ford Mustang-based Shelby GT350, Shelby GT500 Super Snake, and Shelby GTS.

As of this writing, various tributes are being given to Carroll Shelby particularly in the official websites of his companies including ShelbyAmerican.com, ShelbyAutos.com, ShelbyLicensing.com, as well in his official sites at CarrollShelby.comCarrollShelbyFoundation.org, and CSCF.org.



Carroll Shelby tribute
Image Credit: CarrollShelby.com


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