There have been few people on this planet who have made such a huge impact on the world of racing and automotive design as legend Carroll Shelby. Now well into the 1980s, Carroll continues to fuel his passion for high-performance automobiles. Carroll Shelby started running in the 1950s and was hooked from then on. After retiring from the racing scene in 1959, he took his passion for high performance and turned it into car building under the Shelby American name.
The first incredibly successful car built was the AC Cobra, which remains one of the most sought after vehicles ever produced. To build this car, Carroll Shelby took the British AC Ace and combined it with a Ford V8 engine to produce a fast little convertible roadster. Although at the time, the Shelby Cobra was not an economically viable car to produce, only 1003 Shelby Cobra were manufactured and shipped worldwide between 1965-1970.
Shelby was also very busy helping other car companies build high-performance versions of the cars they were already producing. Many people will remember the Shelby Mustangs of the 1960s. These cars were the joint effort of Shelby and Ford to produce a unique and higher performing Mustang than was previously available only from Ford. The two Mustangs that were produced from this project were the Shelby GT500 and the Shelby GT350. This relationship with Shelby and the Ford Mustang still exists today and it is a Shelby Mustang.
In the 1980s, Shelby helped Chrysler rebound from several years of poor economic performance. With the help of Carroll Shelby, they continued to build some successful models.
In 1999, Shelby Automobiles took a different direction and designed a car on its own from scratch. This resulted in the Shelby Series 1, which is an incredible performance sports car. Only 249 of these cars were produced, making them a rare find.
Another car that has taken the world by storm is the Shelby SSC Ultimate Aero, created by a company called Shelby Super Cars. This business is named after its owner, Jerod Shelby, who is not related to Carroll Shelby. This supercar is an example of American engineering. The SSC Ultimate Aero was recently named the fastest production car by the Guinness Book of Records. Surprisingly, this fast car uses a V8 engine to produce more than 1000 hp. With everything this car has to offer in terms of performance, it’s a steal. Comparable only to the Bugatti Veyron, this car costs about half the cost of the Veyron, around $ 600,000.
The Shelby name is synonymous with high-performance automobiles, be it the Shelby Super Cars (SCC) or the original Shelby American. If you have the opportunity to own one of these magnificent cars, make the most of it! The Shelby name will live on in American automotive history.