After 3 pervious attempts to view the Museum, we finally made it.
Nothing like seeing the “muscle” of cars past..
The company was founded by Carroll Shelby, one of America’s greatest race car drivers. He dominated sports car racing success in the mid-1950s, twice being named Sports Illustrated’s “Driver of the Year.” His crowning achievement as a driver came in 1959, when he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
When he retired from racing in 1960 due to a heart ailment, Carroll Shelby began a new chapter in his storied career. In 1962 he forged a relationship with Ford Motor Company that created performance magic. Attracting talented individuals from California’s aerospace community and tapping the resources of Ford, he founded Shelby American to create the legendary Cobra sports car; a piece of this sports car’s “DNA” is a part of every subsequent Shelby vehicle.
In 1965, Ford asked Shelby to turn its new Mustang into a dominant muscle car. Over the next four years, the Shelby team put Mustang at the pinnacle of the performance world with the Shelby G.T.350 and Shelby G.T.500. The relationship also resulted in a limited edition Shelby GT350-H with Hertz Rental Cars in 1966.
Shelby American also offered a myriad of high performance parts, modified customer Shelbys for individuals and fielded a successful racing team. From drag racing triumphs to victories at Le Mans and America’s first World Manufacturer’s Championship, Shelby cars dominated performance circles much as its founder did as a driver.
- 66 Shelby GT-350H that Hertz (dailydriverdiaries.wordpress.com)