Carroll Shelby Creator of the AC Cobra, Shelby Mustang Dies

LOS ANGELES – May 11, 2012 – Carroll Shelby International, Inc., announced today that Carroll Hall Shelby, a man whose vision for performance transformed the automobile industry, has died at age 89.

In the 1960’s Shelby’s company created the Shelby GT500 Super Snake, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GTS, Shelby 289 “street,” 289 FIA, 427 S/C and Daytona Coupe Cobras.

The 427 Cobra’s specs were (from SuperCars.net)

top speed ~265.5 kph / 165.0 mph
0 – 60 mph ~4.5 seconds
0 – 100 mph ~10.3 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~12.4 seconds

 

The 427, which I seem to recall held the 0-to-100-to-0 record of 13.8-seconds until Porsche’s 959 (four-wheel-drive flat-six twin-turbo) beat it in 1986 which was twenty years later.

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