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Carroll Shelby
Carroll Shelby began his racing career in 1952 winning a race in an MG TC in Oklahoma, and gaining such a reputation that he was given invitations to drive for factory teams. Shelby drove a record-breaking Austin-Healey on Bonneville Flats in 1954 and is given co-driver place with Aston Martin for the 1954 Le Mans 24 hours, an event he shares victory in 1959 with the Aston Martin DBR1/300. He retired from driving after winning the 1960 USAC championship and after being diagnosed with a heart condition. In 1961 Carroll Shelby went knocking on the door of AC at Thames Ditton looking for a British sports car that could be re-engined with a Ford V8 for racing. Alan Turner at AC liked this idea and set about the chassis engineering for the new engine, and in 1962 the MkI Shelby Cobra (or AC Cobra) was exhibited with a 260 Ford Galaxie lightweight V8 engine. A.C. sent Cobras to Shelby for completion, and Ford helped to develop the Cobra 427, but this had homologation issues and few were sold. In 1963 Shelby begins development of the Daytona Coupe, which is a Cobra with an aerodynamic body aimed to give 200mph on the Mulsanne Straight. Shelby also took on development of the Sunbeam Tiger, an Alpine with Ford 289 engine. In September 1964 the Shelby Mustang GT350 is introduced, a car commissioned by Ford. In January 1965 Shelby is given the Ford GT40 project. The Ford Shelby GT40 MkII win the 1966 Le Mans 24hour race 1-2-3. The Shelby-Ford partnership is ended in 1970, and Shelby withdraws from motor racing. In January 1989 the Dodge Viper is exhibited at the Detroit Motor Show, a car developed by Carroll Shelby for Chrysler.
aa_Shelby Mustang GT-350 fastback1970 badge
Shelby Mustang GT-350 fastback1970 - badge on c-pillar
AC Cobra 428 front
AC Cobra 428. The AC Cobra was upgraded to MkIII form for 1965 with larger diameter chassis tubes and coil spring suspension all around. Under the bonnet a or V8, Carroll Shelby battled Enzo Ferrari for a homologation special, both cars being ruled out for the 1965 season, and hence the decision to sell off detuned versions of these specials as road cars.
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Ford GT40 1965, with 4729cc V8 engine
Warwick wins Californian
Warwick wins Californian. British Austin-Healey 3000 overtakes American Shelby Mustang GT350
A.C. Cobra
Shelby Daytona Coupe
Shelby GT-350 and GT-500
key text:  This is the page introducing Simons love of cars from the website  RedSimon which is a series of photo albums of Simon GP Geoghegan.
The names of Pinin, Farina, and Pininfarina are also considered
There are also notes on Pininfarina
as well as the car maker
and links tothat car maker
see also my Picasa car albums
withe even more on RedSimon
Simon is also a contributor to SuperCars.Net
And also to Wikipedia
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