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Here is a little history on Carroll Shelby
*It all started on January 11, 1923 in Leesburg, Texas. That was the day one of the world’s greatest racers and automotive entrepreneurs was born, Carroll Hall Shelby.
Beginning his racing career in 1952, Shelby enjoyed success as a racer, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June of 1959. However, he was forced to retire from racing in 1960 after suffering from heart problems. The following year, Shelby decided to build his own street-going racecar. In the process of giving birth to the legend we know today as the Shelby Cobra, Shelby established himself as a living automotive legend.

Cobra models were powered first by 260 cubic inch small block Ford engines, and later by 289 cubic inch Ford V-8s. But, the truly desirable models got their motivation from 427 cubic inch big block Ford engines. Sadly, the last 427 Cobra was sold in August 1968. Originally, you could buy a Cobra for just over $6,000, these rare collectibles are now worth upwards of $1,000,000 for a perfect 427 SC model or 289 FIA version.

To celebrate Carroll Shelby’s 80th birthday, the Petersen Automotive Museum hosted a gala birthday celebration that was co-sponsored by the Museum’s Checkered Flag 200, Cobra Owners Club of America and Shelby American Enterprises. The upper parking deck was turned into the largest (and most expensive) Cobra show ever assembled. There were over 1,500 Cobra fanatics on hand to ogle the 118 original Cobras on display.
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