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
He would have surely gone on to many more victories and achievements, but the heart condition that has dogged him since the age of seven put paid to those and cut his racing career short. So, with no way of venting his competitive spirit behind the wheel, Shelby opened a race school and started building cars. Just because he couldn’t race didn’t mean he couldn’t enable others to pursue his passion.
rather than build his own car from the ground up – something Shelby has only
done once since and still regrets – he instead secured a licence to import the AC Ace from AC Motors in the UK. A
2.0-litre Bristol engine usually powered the Ace, but Shelby needed more speed to compete against
the Chevy Corvettes, so he fitted a 2.6-litre Ford V8 instead. And thus, the fearsome Shelby Cobra was born.