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Carroll Shelby  United States

  • Full name Carroll Shelby
  • Birth date January 11, 1923
  • Birthplace Leesburg, Texas, United States
  • Date of death May 10, 2012 (89 years 120 days)
  • Place of death Dallas, Texas, United States
  • Teams Aston Martin, Maserati
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World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1958 Maserati 4 4 0 0 2 4 0 0 10 0 0 0 -
1959 Aston Martin 4 4 0 0 2 8 0 0 6 0 0 0 -
Total 8 8 0 0 4 4 0 0 6 0 0 0
Race Circuit Date
First race French Grand Prix Reims July 6, 1958 Race results
Last race Italian Grand Prix Monza September 13, 1959 Race results

While his Formula One career was brief and unspectacular - eight races in 1958 and 1959 without a podium finish, Carroll Shelby did win the Le Mans 24-Hours in 1959. But he went on to become a legendary designer of some of the most beautiful and successful cars of the era including the legendary Shelby Cobra.

Childhood heart issues meant he spent years in bed, but he overcame them to race before health problems forced him to quit active participation soon after winning the 1959 Le Mans 24-Hours alongside Roy Salvadori in an Aston Martin.

Under licence from British manufacturer AC Motors, he installed an American engine into what was to become the Shelby Cobra, continuing to develop performance cars with companies such as Ford, Dodge and Oldsmobile.

The one-time chicken farmer had more than a half-dozen successful careers during his long life. Among them: champion race car driver, racing team owner, automobile manufacturer, automotive consultant, safari tour operator, raconteur, chili entrepreneur and philanthropist.

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February 22, 1958

Carroll Shelby prepares for a time trial


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