RIP Carroll Shelby
Sad news: the American automotive legend and king of muscle has passed away at the age of 89
Posted: 12 May 2012
So, far from standing still, Shelby American is moving forward, refining its current products and looking at new ones with even more power – and alternative drivetrains. Shelby says he has already built a couple of concept electric Cobras, but he doesn’t see that becoming a core business for him anytime soon. “We’ve got the petrol-engine emissions clean now, so I think petrol is going to be around for another 20 or 30 years,” he says. “At my age, that’s where my interest lies. I think it’ll see me out.”
Likewise, Shelby isn’t planning on doing any more licensing of his name to any manufacturer other than Ford in his lifetime. “I hope to die with Ford,” he says. “I am not looking anywhere else.” And, as unthinkable as the end seems, it looks like that isn’t going to be too far away now. Despite being one of the longest-surviving heart transplant recipients in the world, Shelby’s health has got a lot worse over the last year. Our chat with him was probably one of the last the media will ever have.