- Carroll Shelby Hakkında
- 1974-1981 The «Retired» Years
- 1961-1964 The Cobra years
- Yarışçılık Sonrasında Carroll Shelby
- 2005-2012 The Modern Ponycar Wars
- 1982-1989 The Dodge Years
- 2013-today PERFORMANCE IS OUR BUSINESS
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- 1965-1973 The Ford Years
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Carroll Shelby Hakkında
Carroll Shelby, 11 Ocak 1923’te Leesburg, Texas’ta doğdu. Daha lisedeyken sürüş becerileri ile ön plana çıkan Carroll Shelby’nin pilotluk eğitimi ve hayatı 1941 yılında, o ordudayken başlamıştı. 1940 ylında liseden mezun olmuş ve Georgie Teknoloji Okulu, Havacılık Mühendisliği bölümünü kazanmış olsa da İkinci Dünya Savaşı dolayısıyla okula gitmemiş, orduya katılmıştır. Orduda uçuş eğitmeni ve test pilotu olarak görev yapan Shelby çavuş pilot rütbesiyle tezkere almıştır.
Yarışçılığa bir amatör olarak başlayan Carroll Shelby, daha sonraları, 1956’da katıldığı bir yarışta, kullandığı Ferrari 375 GP ile 10:21.8 saniyelik bir rekora imza atacak şekilde ilerlemiştir. 1958-1959 bandında Formula 1’de yarışmıştır. Bu süreçte 8 dünya şampiyonasına ve birkaç şampiyona dışı yarışa katılmıştır.
Yarışçılık kariyeri, 1959’da 24 Hours of Le Mans’ yarışını, İngiliz yarışçı Roy Salvadori ile beraber sürdükleri Aston Martin DBR1’la kazandıklarında zirveye ulaşmıştı. Bu yarıştan sonra yarışçılığı sağlık sorunları sebebiyle bırakmıştır.
1974-1981 The «Retired» Years
When Ford Motor Company assumed production of the Shelby automobiles in 1968, the vehicles moved further away from the sports car Shelby American envisioned. In January 1970, Carroll Shelby retired from the automobile and racing business. A feature article in Road & Track magazine at that time explained the history of Carroll Shelby’s storied career, particularly the car building segment. The article was titled, A Legend Says Goodbye.
While Shelby might have retired from the car business, it was hardly goodbye.
In the early 1970s, Carroll Shelby traveled to Africa for around nine months every year. He explored many places and recharged his “batteries” after a long decade of racing and building performance cars.
Carroll was a fan of chili. In 1967, he was one of the founders of the world’s first Championship Chili Cook-off held in Terlingua, Texas. At the 1972 cook-off, Shelby launched his Original Texas Brand Chili Mix to the delight of chili connoisseurs everywhere. It was a huge success across the country.
1961-1964 The Cobra years
During his international racing career Carroll Shelby drove the fastest and most expensive sports cars of the day. Although obviously fast, the Ferraris, Maserati’s, Aston Martins and Jaguars were very expensive and featured very complex engines.
Shelby was impressed by the speed of these sports cars, but not the unreliable engines that required constant maintenance and repair. With this idea in mind, he wondered why no one in the United States built a sports car that offered European handling and balance with an American V-8 engine that could be easily serviced at any car dealership or independent garage. He began to think of building such a sports car and selling it for half the price of those from European marques. During a dream, he came up with the name for his car, the Cobra.
Carroll Shelby’s idea became reality when he learned that AC Cars in Great Britain lost the engine supplier for their Bristol sports car. Shelby contacted AC Cars and told them his idea. They were enthusiastic and told him to reach back out when he had an engine manufacturer lined up.
Shelby proposed his sports car to Ford Motor Company, who liked the idea of offering a sports car that would go head-to-head with the Chevrolet Corvette. Carroll, always the racer, explained his ambition to race Cobras against Corvette in the USA and against Ferrari in Europe. He wanted to win the World Manufacturer’s GT Championship that had been the sole property of Ferrari since its inception.
In 1962, Shelby created Shelby American, a new company to build his car in California. Equipped with the Ford 260 and later the 289 cubic-inch engines, the Cobra proved to be a success for Ford dealers and on racetracks worldwide.
Yarışçılık Sonrasında Carroll Shelby
1959’daki zaferinin ardından, sağlık sorunları sebebiyle yarışçılığı bırakan Carroll Shelby, onu 60’ların en iyi spor araba üreticilerinden biri yapacak olan bazı atılımlarda bulundu. Bunlardan başlıcası, Los Angeles civarında açtığı bir sürüş okuluydu. Diğeri ise Shelby-American performans araçları ve ekipmanları üretim şirketini kurmasıydı. Shelby bu şirkette geliştirdiği ürünlerde ilk olarak, Ferrari GT serisinin yarışçılıktaki baskınlığını kırmayı hedefledi. Bunu yapmasında, biraz da zamanında bir Ferrari pilotu olarak yarışmak istemesi ve bunun Ferrari tarafından reddedilmesi yattığı da söylenir. Bu bağlamdaki uğraşlar, Shelby ile işbirliği yapmaktan çekinmeyen Ford’un da katılımıyla AC Cobra nın ortaya çıkmasıyla sonuçlandı.
Shelby-American Ford ortaklığı 60’ların sonuna değin aktif şekilde devam ettiyse de, daha sonraları Shelby, ortaklığının Dodge ve Oldsmobile gibi Amerika’nın ünlü otomotiv markalarıyla devam ettirdi. Shelby’nin Dodge ile çalışmaya başlaması ise, daha önceleri onun Ford’la beraber çalışmasına ön ayak olmuş olan ve o sıralarda Chrysler’da bulunan Lee Iacocca’nın ricası neticesinde olmuştur. Shelby ve Dodge işbirliği de aktif olarak 1996’ya değin sürmüştür.
2004 yılı itibariyle Shelby’nin Ford’la ortak projelerine devam ettiğini görüyoruz. 2004 senesinde, 60’ların Cobra’sına yapılan birkaç modern dokunuş ile dizayn edilmiş yeni bir Ford Shelby Cobra’nın ortaya çıkışı ve eleştirmenlerden oldukça iyi yorumlar alması, Ford ve Shelby işbirliğinin halen verimli olduğunun bir göstergesi.
2005-2012 The Modern Ponycar Wars
The Shelby Snake and the big Blue Oval partnered to make fast cars together once more following the introduction of a capable, retro-styled new Mustang for 2005.
Shelby began producing a string of special high performance Mustangs, each with its own personality and purpose, but each with the unmistakable Shelby soul. The econo-performance CS6 led to the CS8. In 2006, Shelby and Hertz reunited for a 40th anniversary Hertz Shelby, the GT-H, and another round of rental Shelby’s in 2007. The Hertz cars proved so popular that the public clamored for a version, which resulted in the Shelby GT. It was really the Shelby GT that kicked up production for Shelby, as these were pre-title cars sold through Ford dealers, and built in large numbers.
1982-1989 The Dodge Years
During the 1960s, Carroll Shelby and Lee Iacocca became very good friends as Shelby, through his Cobra, Ford GT and Shelby Mustang programs, put some teeth and credibility into the Ford Total Performance marketing program.
In late 1978, Iacocca was hired by Chrysler Corporation to basically save the corporation from bankruptcy and oblivion. He succeeded mightily and by 1982 wanted to re-establish Dodge as the performance division of Chrysler Corporation. To accomplish this objective, Lee Iacocca called on Carroll Shelby to see if they could build a performance image for Dodge.
The collaboration began with the 1983 Dodge Shelby Charger. Designed and engineered at the Chrysler Shelby Performance Center in California, these were built on the factory Charger assembly lines. With enhanced styling and modified suspensions, the 1983-87 Shelby Chargers were quick, economical performance cars, especially when the turbocharged 2.2L engines became available in 1985. Shelby was also the driving force behind the Dodge Omni GLH (for “Goes Like Hell!), a standout in the “pocket rocket” class of performance cars. The Dodge Daytona “later also received the Shelby treatment
In 1986, Shelby brought limited production models in-house to Shelby Automobiles in Whittier, California. Here, Shelby launched the GLHS series, first with the Omni GLHS, followed by the GLHS Charger in 1987. With the addition of an intercooler, Shelby manifold, and a bump to 12 psi of boost, these lightweight four-cylinder Shelby’s performed like the V-8s of two decades earlier. Other Dodges built at Shelby Automobiles include the Shadow CSX, CSX-T for the Thrifty rental car company, the Shelby Lancer, and the Shelby Dakota.
2013-today PERFORMANCE IS OUR BUSINESS
Shelby is associated with the Ford Mustang for good reason. The modern era at Shelby American has spawned a powerful array of fast Mustangs. But the Shelby lineup today has expanded to include the hottest trucks on the planet, such as the Shelby Raptor, Shelby F-150, Shelby F-150 Super Snake, and Shelby F-250 Diesel. The Shelby Performance Parts division is flourishing, and Team Shelby has evolved into a must-join club that keeps Shelby fans united with fun events, shows, and forums.
Shelby American moved to its current headquarters just off the Las Vegas strip in late 2013. Today, Shelby American is far more than just a manufacturing facility. It has become a destination, with a heritage center and car collection that is worth a trip to Vegas by itself.
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What does Shelby do
The iconic Shelby GT has returned with more power, performance and Shelby styling! The newly designed Shelby GT combines terrific handling, strong V8 power, muscular exhaust note, and handsome good looks. The naturally aspirated version produces 480 horsepower. The additional horsepower comes from a new exhaust, while a Ford Performance supercharger is available that can boost horsepower over 700+*
Shelby also worked with Ford Performance to tailor the suspension and maximize the car’s capabilities, all without sacrificing ride quality. The exterior features proprietary bodywork and stylish new wheels, while Shelby touches can be found inside the sporty interior.
Available directly through Shelby American, the 2020 Shelby GT offers thrilling performance and dynamic handling in a car that owners will love to drive all day, every day. The car can be ordered as a fastback or convertible in any color available from Ford. Drivetrain options include a 6-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic transmission. Every Shelby GT will receive a Shelby serial number and be included in the official Shelby Registry.
1965-1973 The Ford Years
The Ford Mustang was a huge sales success when introduced in the spring of 1964. However, Lee Iacocca, Ford Division General Manager, was concerned that the Mustang, while selling well, lacked a performance image and did not fit into the Ford Division Total Performance marketing program.
To correct the image issue, Iacocca called Carroll Shelby and asked if he could make the Mustang into a sports car with a winning performance image. The result was the 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350. This latest Shelby American performance car earned its sports car and performance image on road race circuits across America. Competing in the Sports Car Club of America’s B Production Class against the Corvette Stingray, Jaguar XKE, Sunbeam Tiger and various Ferrari models, the new GT350 dominated the competition, winning the 1965 B Production National Championship while building a performance image for the Ford Mustang.
- • Shelby GT deep draw hood
- • Hood vents
- • Shelby spec 20” wheels, staggered
- • Shelby spec tires
- • Ford Performance springs
- • Ford Performance sway bars
- • Shelby by Borla cat-back exhaust
- • Caster camber plates
3 year / 36,000 mile Limited Warranty
*Optional supercharger for POST-TITLE SALES ONLY*
*HP ratings based on use of 93-octane fuel*
Exterior & Interior
- • Shelby leather seat recovers
- • Shelby upper grille
- • Shelby side rockers and rocker wings
- • Rear spoiler
- • Tail light panel
- • Le Mans style striping
- • Driver and passenger Side stripes
- • Emblems and badging
- • CSM numbered dash plaque and engine plate
- • Engine caps
- • Shelby tech signature manufacturing plate
- • Embroidered floor mats
Shelby GT/SC (Supercharged)
- • 700+HP Ford Performance Super Charger
- • Shelby performance brake package (pads, rotors, lines)
- • Ford Performance FR3 suspension system
- • Shocks, struts, springs
- • Magnaride vehicles receive springs, sways, tune
- • Shelby GT/SC striping
Shelby Heavy Duty Package
- • Extreme radiator
- • Coolant Tank
- • Wheel Studs
- • Performance Half-shafts
- • Painted stripes
- • Shelby Wide Body package
- • Shelby by Penske track suspension
- • Rear seat delete with harness bar
- • Speedster convertible tonneau
- • Ford Performance FR3 suspension system
- • Lighted door sill plates
- • Shelby by Brembo extreme brake package
- • 6 piston front, 4 piston rear
- • Front and rear rotors