Legendary Carroll Shelby Dies at Age 89
But today is a sad day for the automotive world, because Shelby is no longer with us, having died in Dallas, Texas at the venerable age of 89. HIs memory and 50 years of automotive racing innovation he left with us will both live on.
"We are all deeply saddened, and feel a tremendous sense of loss for Carroll's family, ourselves and the entire automotive industry," said Joe Conway, president of Carroll Shelby International.
"There has been no one like Carroll Shelby and never will be. However, we promised Carroll we would carry on, and he put the team, the products and the vision in place to do just that,” he added.
Shelby’s famous legacy includes the 1962 AC-based Shelby American Cobra roadster and his work in turning the Mustang from what he called a secretary’s car into a veritable brand that’s basically known the world. His work with the 1965 GT350 and ultimately the GT40 put for firmly on the map as a performance brand.
“At Ford, Carroll Shelby will always be remembered as an innovator, a performance vehicle legend but most importantly an incredible partner and close friend for more than 60 years. The Ford and Shelby collaboration is something that has always been very important to me personally and Carroll will continue to be the inspiration behind our future collaboration that will carry his name. My family and I are honored to have had Carroll as a friend and part of our family. He will never be forgotten,” says Edsel Ford II, member of the Board of Directors of Ford Motor Company and great-grandson of Henry Ford.