Carroll Shelby has passed away, at a Dallas hospital, at the age of 89.

Carroll Shelby has passed away, at a Dallas hospital, at the age of 89.

Best known for his legendary Cobras, the racing and tuning titan was born on January 11, 1923. Upon his return from World War II, Shelby co-owned a car dealership and created a handful "Scaglietti Corvettes." His newly-found automotive passion would eventually lead to a successful racing career that earned him three national sports car championships, a victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and a land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats - just to name a few.

Sadly, his racing career was cut short in 1960 when a heart condition forced him to give up the activity that he loved. While the news would have caused many to walk away from the track, Shelby turned his attentions to car design and automotive manufacturing.

Having struck a deal with Ford to gain access to their small block engine, Carroll established Shelby American and introduced the CSX2000 at the 1962 New York Auto Show. A number of legendary Cobras and Mustangs would follow shortly thereafter.

In more recent years, Shelby's health began to decline. Despite the difficulties, he was still an avid pilot and a well-known philanthropist.

Carroll Shelby is survived by his wife, a sister, three children, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. We extend our deepest condolences to all of them.

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