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Auto Legend Carroll Shelby

Dead at 89

5/11/2012 1:15 PM PDT UPDATED: 5/11/2012 1:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Carroll Shelby has died
Legendary car designer and racing driver Carroll Shelby has died.

Shelby is known for introducing the Shelby AC Cobra to the United States in the 1960s -- combining an English sports car chassis with an American Mustang engine.

A rep for Shelby's company Carroll Shelby International says Shelby died today at a Dallas hospital. He had received a heart transplant in 1990 and a kidney transplant in 1996.

As a driver -- Shelby first gained fame by winning France's arduous 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959.

He was 89.


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RIP Carroll

Your cars are legendary, as are you!!!!

862 days ago


Not a fan of FORD, but the man was an artist. RIP

Hey, TMZ. If there was a time for a dumb title like "hits the road" (like you did with Junior) it would be now. At least more fitting.

862 days ago

The PMG    

The auto world has lost a true innovator. R.I.P. Shelby

862 days ago

My Big Salami    

Carrol Shelby is also famous for his Tezas chil mix which is sold all over the US in major grocery stores. If you can't find it you can also buy it from Amazon. I highly recommend it!..If you love chili you won't be disappointed.

862 days ago


89 years old, not bad, hope I'm still kickin' at 89, RIP

862 days ago

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Let us not forget your tasty chili mix.

Happy journey, Mr. Shelby

862 days ago


this guy was a true Baws.. He is the real reason Ford is still around today.. If it wasn't for his cobra and other deals with mustangs etc.. Truly one of the top 10 car gods..

To bad he never did anything with Chevy lol

862 days ago

Bob L    

His legendary 427 Shelby Cobra will live on forever as the greatest car of the 1960...s.

862 days ago


Loved those cars still do, the classic ones.

862 days ago

who dat    

Shelb was a pretty cool guy. He always made the trek to Barrett-Jackson classic car auction in Scottsdale. I had a feeling something bad was up when he was a no show. Then they announced he was under the weather as the reason he wasn't there. You'l be missed Shelb, you were one of a kind.

862 days ago

jose anson    

this sucks. i had one day planned to meet Mr.Shelby in person and i can no longer accomplish that dream. rest in peace Carroll Shelby thank you.

862 days ago


Even people who dont know cars know Shellby

862 days ago


My condolences to his wife Ralph.

862 days ago

get a life ho    

RIP Carroll ,....

862 days ago

Ron Parravano    

Carroll's fame came much earlier than 1959 when he drove Ferrari's for my Dad, Tony Parravano, in the mid .50's both in the U.S. and Europe. He is the last of the greats of that era. He remained fond of my deceased father and mother was always so pleased when we met from time to time during the Historic Car week here on the Monterey Peninsula. We had many stories to share. On behalf of my brother, Albertino and myself, our condolences to the family. Thank you, Carroll.

862 days ago
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