Carroll Shelby


Carroll Shelby was born in Leesburg, Texas, United States on January 11th, 1923 and is the Entrepreneur. At the age of 89, Carroll Shelby biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Other Names / Nick Names
Carroll Hall Shelby
Date of Birth
January 11, 1923
United States
Place of Birth
Leesburg, Texas, United States
Death Date
May 10, 2012 (age 89)
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$40 Million
Aircraft Pilot, Businessperson, Car Designer, Formula One Driver, Racing Automobile Driver
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Carroll Shelby Life

Carroll Hall Shelby (January 11, 1923 – May 10, 2012) was an American automotive designer, racer, entrepreneur, and author.

Shelby is best known for his contributions to Ford Motor Company's AC Cobra and Mustang (later known as Shelby Mustangs), which he modified during the late 1960s and early 2000s.

Shelby American Inc. was founded by him.

Carroll Shelby Licensing, 1962, and Carroll Shelby Licensing in 1988, which developed into Carroll Shelby International, saw 1962 to produce and market success cars.

He was also the author of The Carroll Shelby Story, which was also the author of his autobiography.

Early life

Carroll Shelby was born in Leesburg, Texas, on January 11, 1923, to Warren Hall Shelby, a rural mail carrier, and his wife, Eloise Shelby (nee Lawrence). Shelby was suffering from heart valve leakage by age 7 and had similar health issues throughout his life. Shelby had a passion for speed from a young age, which culminated in an obsession with automobiles and airplanes. He and his family moved to Dallas, Texas, at age 7, and by age 10, he'll ride his bike to dirt tracks nearby to watch races. At the age of 15, the teen was driving and caring for his father's Ford. Shelby's training as a pilot began in the military in November 1941 at the San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center, later known as Lackland Air Force Base. Shelby began raising chickens for a living prior to racing and building cars in 1952.

Personal life

Shelby was married seven times; the first and last marriages lasted 15 years before divorce hearings were heard.

Jeanne Fields, Shelby's first wife, married on December 18, 1943; they married on December 18, 1943. They had three children: Sharon Anne (born September 27, 1944), Michael Hall (born November 2, 1946), and Patrick Bert (born October 23, 1947). In February 1960, the two families divorced.

Shelby later admitted to an extramarital affair with actor Jan Harrison. Shelby married Harrison in 1962, but the marriage was annulled the following year. His third marriage to a New Zealand woman, which he started in order to bring her into the United States, lasted only a few weeks before ending in divorce. Sandra Brandstetter's fourth marriage lasted a few years before ending in divorce.

Carroll married Cynthia Psaros, a former actress, beauty queen, and the niece of a former US Marine colonel fighter pilot in 1989, after 28 years of being single. Carroll received his long-awaited heart transplant during his marriage. Their marriage lasted just a few years before ending in divorce. Helena "Lena" Dahl, a Swedish woman he had encountered in 1968, married him in the 1990s. In 1997, she was killed in a car accident. It was his only marriage that did not result in divorce, annulment, or separation.

Shelby married Cleo (nee Rendell-Roberts), a British former model who raced rally cars, just four months after Dahl's death. She was 25 years old when she was born in the United States. When he died in 2012, they were still in the process of divorce.

Shelby had a heart transplant in 1990 and a kidney transplant in 1996.

Shelby died on May 10, 2012, at the age of 89. He had been suffering from a severe heart disease for decades.


Carroll Shelby Career

Driving career

Shelby began operating for pleasure at the age of 29. Shelby raced his buddy Ed Wilkin's MG TC at the Grand Prairie Naval Air Station drag meet in January 1952, followed by other events. At Caddo Mills, Texas, then raced Charles Brown's Cadillac-Allards. Shelby took home only trophies at the end of 1952, not accepting any reward money.

: 31–35

Shelby defeated Brown's Cad-Allard in 1953, followed by Roy Cherryhomes' Cad-Allard, who won 8 or 9 races. In 1954, then rode in the Mil Kilometros de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, which was sponsored by the Automobile Club of Argentina and the Sports Car Club of America. This is where John Wyer, Aston Martin's team manager, came to Aston Martin's team, who begged Shelby to drive their DBR3 at Sebring. 37–47 The DBR3 did not finish Sebring in 1954 due to a broken rear axle.

Shelby raced a DBR3 for John Wyer at Aintree in April 1954, followed by Le Mans. Aston Martin took fifth place at the Thousand Kilometers at Monza on June 27th, teaming up with Graham Whitehead. He then competed in the 3-car factory team effort at Silverstone, along with Peter Collins and Roy Salvadori, gaining three top positions.

: 49–54

Shelby and his crew went back to August 1954 with Donald Healey and his staff. They set new National speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats in an Austin-Healey 100S and supercharged 100S. Captain G.E.T. Shelby, Healey. About 70 new records were set by Eyston, Mortimer Morris Goodall, and Roy Jackson-Moore, with Shelby setting 17 on his own.

: 58–60

Shelby was seriously injured in a car accident while racing an Austin-Healey in the Carrera Panamericana. Despite eight months of operations, he continued to race in 1955, winning about ten races and a second-place appearance at Sebring's Ferrari Monza. In August 1955, Tony Paravano's Ferraris got him started. He won 30 races with Ferrari in 1956, began racing for John Edgar, and opened Carroll Shelby Sports Cars in Dallas.

: 60–65, 68, 76

He rode in the Mount Washington Hillclimb Auto Race in a specially prepared Ferrari 375 GP roadster, winning in 1956 in a record time of ten minutes, 21.8 seconds. He also raced at Brynfan Tyddyn and set new records at Giants Despair Hillclimb and racing at Brynfan Tyddyn.

: 77

In 1956 and 1957, he was the year's greatest reader of Sports Illustrated magazine. He was 79.

In September 1957, Racing John Edgar's 4.5-liter Maserati raced in the Riverside International Raceway, causing injuries that needed 72 stitches and plastic surgery for broken bones in his nose and cheekbones. Nevertheless, he returned in November to win with the same vehicle against Masten Gregory and Dan Gurney.

: 1–2, 83–87

Shelby joined John Wyer and the Aston Martin team in Europe on May 18th, 1958, and drove a DBR3 at the Nürburgring 1000 km with co-driver Salvadori Salvadori. Shelby was teamed up with Salvadori at Le Mans, but Shelby came down with dysentery and had to be replaced by Stuart Lewis-Evans just a few hours into the competition. Shelby later rode a Maserati 250F for Mimo Dei's Scuderia Centro Sud in three Grand Prix races to gain Formula One and open-wheel driving experience, including the Portuguese Grand Prix. Shelby's 4.5L Maserati won the Tourist Trophy at Nassau for the year.

: 105, 108–110, 114

Shelby and Salvadori began the 1959 sports car season by owning the DBR1/300 at Sebring in March. Shelby rode Wolfgang Seidel's Porsche in the Nürburgring 1000 km in June. In the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans, he made the highlight of his racing career come in June 1959 when he co-droved an Aston Martin DBR1 (with Englishman Roy Salvadori). In September, Shelby rode with Jack Fairman in the Goodwood Tourist Trophy.

: 111, 115–116, 122–134

Shelby dominated the Aston Martin DBR4 in the Dutch Grand Prix in May, then the British Grand Prix at Aintree in July. Shelby continued to drive in the Portuguese Grand Prix in August and the Italian Grand Prix in September.

: 119

In December, Shelby finished the 1959 racing season by piloting Casner Motor Racing Division's Birdcage Maserati at the Nassau races. He rode Temple Buell's Maserati 250F in the New Zealand Grand Prix in January 1960, later Camoradi's Porsche in the Cuban Gran Premio Libertad, then their 2.9-liter Birdcage Maserati at Sebring. He won the Grand Prix at Riverside with one of "Lucky" Cassner's Birdcage Maseratis, as well as winning the Castle Rock race in June, driving a Scarab. He finished the year driving Max Balchowsky's "Old Yeller II" in the Road America, followed by a Birdcage Maserati in the Pacific Grand Prix and the Los Angeles Times Grand Prix, his last race.

: 145, 155, 157–158, 164–169

"Winning the Twenty-four Hours was certainly the most thrilling I ever had out of racing," Shelby said. I can think of countless other races that have quotas for the winner, but winning this one gives you permission to go out and tell people that you're fine, and it often helps get other deals together."

Shelby and Pete Brock established the Shelby School of High Performance Driving at the Riverside track in 1961.


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The latest DBR22, with a 6.2-liter V12 petrol engine, has been praised as a crucial last hurrah to the conventional internal combustion engine, as well as a two-finger salute to political figures who are planning to outlaw it in favour of electric power starting 2030. The roofless design dates back, with a modern 21st century twist, to the 1950s DBR1, the open-cockpit racing sports-car,' having paved the way for the brand's iconic 'DB' vehicle line that followed and made it a household name.
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