Carroll Shelby Passes Away at Age 89

Carroll Hall Shelby

Carroll Hall Shelby, the famous racecar driver and automotive designer responsible for the Shelby Cobra and high-performance carmaker Shelby American, passed away Thursday at age 89, according to USA Today.

During his career, which spanned some 60 years, Shelby was responsible for creating a string of iconic vehicles, from the original 1962 AC Cobra all the way to the current 2013 Ford Shelby GT500, which is certified as the most powerful regular-production vehicle in the world. Shelby American continues to sell and produce modified Ford Mustangs, including the GT500 Super Snake.

Shelby is survived by his three children, Patrick, Michael and Sharon; his sister, Anne Shelby Ellison; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and his wife, Cleo, according to Shelbyautos.com.

Read USA Today's portrait of the man's life here.

By Colin Bird | May 11, 2012 | Comments (5)

Comments 

A true auto legend that did so much. He'll be missed. :>(

Ken L.

R.I.P Carroll Shelby. Thank you for your contributions to the automotive world.

This is sad, RIP Carol Shelby the automobile world will miss you and there was lot to learn from legends and such gems.

Jeff

Thank you for your vast contributions to the automobile world Carol. You will be missed and remembered.

OMG, one of my long time idols.....RIP ....Life would not have ben the same for me if Carroll Shelby would have been like a trash man or something....

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