Great Muscle Car Designer, Carroll Shelby, Passes Away

Rest in Peace Carroll Shelby.

Thanks for all the muscle cars you created in your lifetime.  The Shelby Cobra was one of the best sports cars ever made.

Shelby’s life story is a lively and interesting series of adventures, careers, and cars.  Here is an excerpt from the Associated Press article, ” DALLAS –  Carroll Shelby, the legendary auto racer and car designer who built the fabled Shelby Cobra sports car and injected testosterone into Ford’s Mustang and Chrysler’s Viper, has died. He was 89.

Shelby’s company, Carroll Shelby International, said Friday that Shelby died a day earlier at a Dallas hospital. He had received a heart transplant in 1990 and a kidney transplant in 1996.

He was one of the nation’s longest-living heart transplant recipients, having received a heart on June 7, 1990, from a 34-year-old man who died of an aneurism. Shelby also received a kidney transplant in 1996 from his son, Michael.

The 1992 inductee into the Automobile Hall of Fame had homes in Los Angeles and his native east Texas.”

Read the full story by Fox News here: American Racing Legend Carroll Shelby Dead at 89.

Shelby Cobra - 1967

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