27 Facts About Shelby Museum


Shelby Museum American was the first automobile manufacturer in the state of Nevada.

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In 1957 racing driver Carroll Shelby Museum opened a sports car dealership in Dallas, with fellow racer Jim Hall and Hall's older brother Dick, selling Maseratis across the American Southwest.

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Shelby Museum continued sports cars racing in the late 1950s, competed in Formula 1 for Aston Martin in 1958 and 1959, won the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 1960 USAC Road Racing Championship, but was forced into retirement following the 1960 season due to his persistent angina caused by a congenital heart defect.

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In 1961 Shelby Museum founded the Shelby Museum School of High Performance Driving at Riverside International Raceway near Los Angeles, hiring Pete Brock as a teacher, and obtained a distributorship for Goodyear tires and Champion spark plugs.

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Shelby Museum rented space for these other businesses from Dean Moon, at his shop Santa Fe Springs, California.

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Shelby Museum contacted several European automakers with the purpose of striking a deal to import their chassis and install an American V8, but he was rebuffed until September 1961, when AC Cars of Britain replied in the affirmative.

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Shelby Museum returned to GM, asking for a supply of Chevrolet V8s, but was refused again for fear a Chevrolet-powered European sports car would compete with the Corvette.

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Shelby Museum American began racing the Cobra in the fall of 1962 with driver Bill Krause entered into the three-hour endurance race at the Los Angeles Times Grand Prix on October 13.

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Under Shelby Museum's management the GT40 driven by Lloyd Ruby and Ken Miles won the first race of the 1965 season at Daytona, and Miles and Bruce McLaren finished first in the prototype class and second overall at the next race at Sebring, but otherwise the GT40 program was a disappointment overall, failing to finish at Le Mans.

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Shelby Museum ran a separate racing team, "Terlingua Racing", in the 1967 Trans-American Sedan Championship, with Jerry Titus winning the championship driving a GT350.

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The Shelby Museum Racing Company moved from the hangar at LAX to a new office in Torrance, California.

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Carroll Shelby Museum announced he was retiring from the automotive business in January, 1970, and Shelby Museum American and its subsidiaries were essentially defunct.

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Carroll Shelby Museum maintained ownership of his Goodyear tire distributorship and set up the Shelby Museum Wheel Company in 1971 in Gardena, California, producing and selling aftermarket aluminum wheels, but he remained otherwise out of the automotive industry until 1982.

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Shelby Museum assisted with the creation of the 1983 Dodge Shelby Museum Charger, a two-door performance variant of the front-wheel drive Dodge Omni.

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For 1984 Shelby Museum assisted with the Omni GLH, named by Shelby Museum as an initialism for "Goes Like Hell".

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Shelby Museum Automobiles produced special editions of the Charger, Dodge Lancer, Dodge Shadow and Dodge Dakota pickup truck, before ceasing operations in 1990.

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Carroll Shelby Museum founded the Shelby Museum American Management Company in 1982 to manage his many other business ventures.

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Unlike the arrangements Shelby Museum American had with Ford and Shelby Museum Automobiles had with Chrysler, financial support for the Series 1 came not directly from General Motors.

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Soon thereafter Carroll Shelby Museum formed a new holding company called "Carroll Shelby Museum International, Inc ", and it was taken public.

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In 2004 Shelby Museum Automobiles purchased Shelby Museum American and the assets to the Series 1 model.

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Carroll Shelby Museum International was previously working with Texas-based Unique Performance to create new Mustang-based Shelby Museum cars such as the GT350SR and "Eleanor".

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Shelby Museum American has three authorized shops in Canada: Shelby Museum Canada West in Fort Saskatchewan, Dale Adams in Calgary, and Xcentrick Autosports in Ontario, which services eastern Canada.

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Shelby Museum trucks are produced by GU Autotrade's manufacturing partner, Magna Steyr, while Shelby Museum Mustangs are produced by another manufacturing partner, TechArt, in Leonberg, Germany.

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In 2019 Shelby Museum American partnered with Matamata Panelworks in the North Island of New Zealand to form Shelby Museum New Zealand.

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Shelby Museum himself was married to a New Zealander, Sue Stafford, in 1963.

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Shelby Museum employed her father, Arthur Stafford as a race mechanic.

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Shelby Museum retains distribution rights for the Shelby Cobra, Dayton Cobra Coupe, and Ford GT40.

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