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
into the Viper team as a performance consultant, Shelby worked with other
luminaries such as Bob Lutz, Tom Gale and François Castaing to produce the all-American hero car. Ironically, the only thing that might overshadow Shelby’s 50th
anniversary at the NYC show is the reveal
of the latest-gen SRT Viper on the same day.
With all this success working for other carmakers, in 1999 Shelby struck out on his own for the first and last time. The Oldsmobile-engined Shelby Series 1 looked right, sounded right and went like a greased weasel. But some very long and very boring legal problems involving company takeovers, key management changes at GM and large sums of money killed that project when just 240 of the cars had been made. That wasn’t enough to cover all the development costs, so Shelby was left with an eight-figure hole in his bank account, which convinced him never to go solo on a car project again.