Carroll Shelby came from humble beginnings working as a chicken farmer in rural Texas. He quickly broke into the auto-racing scene of the 1950s by beating all the top-tier drivers of the era. All while still wearing his chicken-overalls. Carroll was recognized as one of the greatest drivers of the decade after winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959.
Carroll had a heart condition that nearly killed him, forcing him to retire from competitive racing. Carroll knew what made a car win, so he started Shelby American and assembled a rag-tag team of hot-rodders and fabricators to execute his vision of manufacturing groundbreaking sports cars like the Shelby Cobra and Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe. Shelby also led Ford and the GT40 to multiple victories at Le Mans over Ferrari.
Shelby’s cars, driven by the greatest drivers in the history of racing, trampled over the competition, and cemented Carroll Shelby’s legacy as one of the most iconic figures of automotive history. He is the only man in history to win Le Mans as both a driver and a manufacturer. And Shelby is still the only American automotive manufacturer to win the World Manufacturing Championship.