R.I.P. to a great man, who thought outside the box. Always with the "what if I did this?" Transformed the muscle car industry. Having worked on a couple of the worlds rarest Cobras leaves me with a heavy heart. R.I.P. Carroll.
I actually owned a 1967 GT 500 Shelby Mustang. I bought it from a dealer in Little Creek, Va. in 1969 when he first got it on his lot. It had been wrecked and was headed for the scrap yard but he had the title and he sold it to me for about a grand more than he could get from the scrap dealer. It took me about 2 &1/2 years to get it back into good running condition and another year to get it looking like it did when new. Finding parts was impossible so much of the damaged sheet metal had to be refabricated. Some of the engine parts had been stolen like the valve covers, air cleaner and carbs. but I was able to get them from a collector in Va. This was one beast of a pony car and about 15 months after I had completed it's restoration I got T-Boned on the drivers side in Danville Va. and this time the damage was too much to consider fixing. When I recovered from the broken leg, broken arm and shoulder I sold it for parts. Thats was the last of my dealing with cars that cost more to repair than insurance will cover but I had several back then but the Shelby was my favorite.
Shelby was a man driven to produce what the manufacturer's were afraid to. His timing was perfect, and his ideas were, after proving themselves in the old AC Cobras, adopted by Ford, and then Chrysler. Perhaps there will be others like Shelby, but there will NEVER be another Carroll Shelby. Like Elvis, he has left the building. May he RIP.