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The last Shelby Cobra


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Forward Prologue: Describes why I wrote this book Chapter 1: From Boyhood Hero to Automotive Legend * A summary of Shelby's career * Criteria to become a legend * Why Carroll is one of the few who meets the criteria. Chapter 2: The Legend and a New Snake * First meeting Carroll * Carroll's involvement with Chrysler * Shelby's role in the development of the Dodge Viper Chapter 3: The Courtship of Carroll and Ford * The intriguing backstory behind reuniting Shelby and Ford Chapter 4: Project Petunia * 2005 Ford GT, Shelby's first official role Chapter 5: Codename Daisy * Carroll's involvement in "Daisy," the Shelby Cobra Concept Chapter 6: Shelby GR1 * Carroll and the Shelby GR1, successor to the legendary Shelby Daytona. * The stillborn efforts to put Daisy and GR1 into production Chapter 7: Project Condor * How Shelby's name finally appeared on a Ford product - the Shelby GT500 Chapter 8: Shelby GTs * The untold story of the ill-fated Shelby GT, a worthy successor to the Ford GT * How the Hertz Shelby Mustang GTH led to the introduction of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT Chapter 9: Super Snakes * Our efforts to create and Shelby Super Snake II Cobra * Shelby American's introduction of the Super Snake Mustangs Chapter 10: Interesting Interests * In the midst of the "Great Recession," I try to capture Carroll's multi-faceted personality; his curiosity, interests, storytelling, humour, connections, temperament, stubbornness, vanity, charm, philanthropy, controversies, wisdom and friendship Chapter 11: Unfinished Business * The 2010 Shelby GT500 * Shelby GT350 * Progress on Super Snake II * Plans for a new line of Shelby Cobras and Daytonas * Carroll's untimely death Chapter 12: Kismet * The Shelby Tribute * Shelby American's ongoing operation * The serendipitous circumstances leading "Daisy," the last Shelby Cobra coming home * Thanks to Carroll for the memories Epilogue * Lessons from Carroll * The future of "sport" cars Acknowledgments * Thanks to the many contributors who helped make this book possible, starting with Edsel Ford II Appendix: * Letter from Roy Lunn * Dan Gurney tribute speech * Project team members: Viper, Petunia, Daisy, GR1, GT500

About the Author

As former Engineering Vice President at the Ford Motor Company and Chrysler Corporation, Chris Theodore worked closely with Carroll Shelby on such vehicles as the Dodge Viper, Ford GT, Shelby Cobra Concept, Shelby GR1, and Shelby Mustang GT500. Production vehicles developed under his direction include the Chrysler Minivan, PT Cruiser, Plymouth Prowler, 2002 Thunderbird, 2005 Ford GT and Mustang, among many others. During his tenure at Ford and Chrysler, Chris developed a close friendship with Carroll Shelby. He holds BSME and MSME degrees from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from Michigan State University. He has had a lifelong passion for all things automotive, and is often credited as the 'Father of the 2005 Ford GT.'


This is a well-researched labour of love on a niche subject, bolstered by a good selection of period and modern photographs. - Auto Express. The iconic character of Carroll Shelby (1923-2012) and the famous cars e was at the cradle of are the subject of this book written by a real insider. Author Chris Theodore worked with Shelby during his career it Ford and Chrysler, which is an ideal staring point to be able to know more about the person Shelby and the Ford GT, Shelby Cobra Concept, Shelby Mustang GT500 and so much more. A fantastic book! - Or more accurately, what Carroll did next - a history of Shelby that picks up where most leave off, with the Chrysler projects and the return to Ford. - Classic Cars. It is a fascinating and entertaining read, packed with beautiful photography throughout, and is perfect fire side reading for a long winter. - Street Machine. Beautifully written and illustrated and printed on heavy coated stock, [this book] belongs in every true enthusiast's library. -

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