Carroll Hall Shelby

Carroll Shelby (January 11, 1923 – May 10, 2012) was many things during his life. An aviator, race car driver, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and champion. From the cockpit to the boardroom, his thirst for victory drove him to the top.

In 1962, the industrial building at 1042 Princeton Drive in Venice, California (now Marina del Rey) housed the offices and production facilities of start-up automaker Shelby American.

It was during Shelby’s time in Venice that the company captured the 1965 World Sportscar Championship, beating Ferrari in the process and becoming the first American constructor to do so. Today, Shelby American builds continuation Cobras and enhanced Ford Mustangs from its facility in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Shelby’s high-performance Cobra’s and legendary GT350 and GT500 Mustang vehicles redefined what true performance means.