Carroll Shelby
Automotive Designer
  If you'll give me $25,000, I'll build you a car that'll kick the hell out of the Corvettes.
About the Innovator

Retiring from auto racing for health reasons, Carroll Shelby turned his attention to designing and building high-performance automobiles. For the most part re-engineered and modified from models produced by other manufacturers, they are considered some of the most beautiful and successful performance cars ever made.

Why He Innovated

For more than a half century, Carroll Shelby had a significant impact on automobile racing and design. Using his salesmanship, organizational skills and technical expertise, he worked with larger companies to achieve his creative vision—project after project, year after year.

The Complete Curator Interview on Carroll Shelby

Get the ultimate insider's account of the different--and much more dangerous--world of racing in the 1950s and learn how Carroll's early career led to his decision to build his first car. Follow him through the excitement and challenge of creating a small, highly specialized company that demanded a high-degree of creative freedom no less than the continued support of major manufacturers to make its concepts a reality.

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