Texan Carroll Shelby is one of those names that has outlived the person, with good reason. He launched his international career with the likes of Ferrari, Aston Martin and Maserati, but it was the long-term association with building Ford-powered missiles that he’s best remembered for. It’s a legacy that extended to Cobras, Sunbeam Tigers and, most famously, Mustangs.
The efforts of the man himself and a star cast of folk at Shelby American changed the perception of Mustangs from ‘just’ a pretty pony car to being a serious sports platform, and something not to be messed with on the race track.
You can buy a Shelby to this day, though ironically enough even the most pimped-out version will cost only a fraction of one of the originals.
The heritage is rich. So join us for a bit of a tour of the major works, plus some very handy buying advice