Who is Carroll Shelby?
Carroll Shelby, one of America’s greatest race car drivers, dominated sports car racing in the mid-1950s and was Sports Illustrated’s “Driver of the Year” twice. His crowning achievement as a driver came in 1959, when he won the grueling 24 hours of Le Mans.
When he retired from racing in 1960 due to a heart ailment, Carroll Shelby began a new chapter in his storied career. In 1962, he forged a relationship with Ford Motor Company that created performance magic. Attracting talented individuals from California’s aerospace community and tapping the resources of Ford, he founded Shelby American to create the legendary Cobra sports car; a bit of this sports car’s “DNA” is a part of every subsequent Shelby vehicle. Today his company, Shelby American, leads the pack of performance vehicle manufacturers worldwide.
Where is the Shelby American, Inc. Headquarters?
Shelby American, Inc.’s corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility is located adjacent to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV.
What is the corporate structure of Shelby American?
As founder and president of Shelby American, Carroll Shelby remains an active voice and is involved with every Shelby vehicle that bears his name.
Wasn’t the company called Shelby Autos?
For several years, the company was named Shelby Automobiles. It returned to its former corporate name in December 2009.
What is the company’s latest vehicle line-up?
From Shelby American’s state of the art manufacturing facility in Las Vegas, the company builds the Cobra 427 S/C (CSX4000), Cobra 289 FIA (CSX7000) and street Cobra (CSX8000) component vehicles. The company also offers post title packages including the Shelby SR, Shelby SC, Shelby Turbo, Shelby Terlingua Racing Team, GT500 Super Snake, Prudhomme Edition Super Snake and Shelby GT350 for various 2005-2011 Ford Mustangs.
Does Carroll Shelby own or operate other businesses and organizations?
Carroll Shelby has founded a number of successful organizations including Shelby Licensing, Inc., and the Carroll Shelby Children’s Foundation. Founded in 1988, Carroll Shelby Licensing aligns itself with ‘Best in Brand’ companies throughout the world. Authorized licensees’ products include cars, performance parts, component vehicles, aftermarket styling, toys and hobby products, collectibles and memorabilia, computer and electronic games, graphics, art and branded apparel, as well as other accessories that help support the Shelby family of companies.
Carroll Shelby has led a life that most have only dreamed about. Even when a series of heart ailments almost cut his life short, he didn’t stop living in the fast lane. After undergoing a successful heart transplant in 1990, Carroll decided to use his name for a good cause. In October 1991, he created the Carroll Shelby Children's Foundation™. Thanks to the support of sponsors and loyal Shelby fans worldwide, the Carroll Shelby Children’s Foundation has become a leading force in the fight to help children with acute coronary and kidney needs.
Can I get my vehicle modified by Shelby-trained technicians?
Yes. 2005 or later Mustangs can be modified at the Shelby American Inc., facility in Las Vegas. It’s here that Shelby-trained technicians, led by Gary Davis, VP of Production and Product Development at Shelby American can change Mustangs into Shelby performance vehicles. In addition, owners of genuine Shelby GT500’s can send their cars to have the “Super Snake” or 40th Anniversary package applied to their car. The Terlingua package can be applied to a 2005 and newer V6 Ford Mustang, also. Beginning in 2010, Shelby will also build a limited number of 2011 MY Shelby GT350’s also.
With the addition of Shelby American Motorsports- we will give any car that Shelby magic.
Do I have to send my vehicle the Las Vegas facility for modifications?
Shelby American has established a series of authorized “Shelby Mod Shops” across the United States. Tasca Ford in Rhode Island, Sean Hyland in Canada and Quantum Performance in Texas are the first locations. However, Shelby GT350’s will only be built at the Las Vegas facility.
What is the Terlingua Racing Team program?
Shelby American signed an agreement with Terlingua Racing Team co-founder Bill Neale to return it to the spotlight in 2007. Together, they launched a series of high performance Terlingua Racing Team packages for the 1967 Ford Mustang, 1965 Shelby Cobra and 2005-2009 Ford Mustang. In addition, the team created parts, memorabilia and events that celebrate the rowdy Terlingua Racing Team spirit.