Carroll Shelby

The Authorized Biography

Carroll Shelby The Authorized Biography
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Format: Paperback / softback, 552 Pages
ISBN: 9780760346464
Publisher: Motorbooks
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Written with Carroll Shelby's full collaboration and with a foreword by Edsel B. Ford II, the great-grandson of Henry Ford, this is the definitive record of America's preeminent twentieth century sports car builder and racer—now in paperback.

It was motoring author Rinsey Mills' passion for AC cars and motorsports history that led to his first meeting with Carroll Shelby. His suggestion that they should collaborate in order to create an accurate record of Shelby's life and achievements at first was rebuffed but later taken up with enthusiasm. This authorized biography is the result.

Carroll Shelby: The Authorized Biography was a long time in the making, as Mills left no stone unturned in his quest to produce the complete study of Shelby's remarkable life. He carried out extensive research and conducted numerous interviews, fully capturing the narrative of Carroll Shelby within and outside of the automotive racing world, including his:

  • Childhood in Texas
  • Wartime service with the Army Air Force
  • Postwar entrepreneurship
  • Earliest race wins in 1952
  • Legendary 1959 victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans
  • Monumental release of the first Cobra and the formation of Shelby American in 1962
  • Historical partnership with Ford that would last for decades
  • Personal interests and travels
  • Present-day legacy

Fascinating photographs from Shelby's personal collection complete a book whose original hardcover edition was published mere weeks before his passing, making Carroll Shelby: The Authorized Biographya magnificent and lasting tribute to one of the greatest automotive figures of the twentieth century.

The author

Rinsey Mills has owned AC sports cars, both pre-war and post-war, for forty years. He has restored some and raced others. His books include Original AC Ace and Cobra and Essential AC Cobra.

Edsel B. Ford II is the great-grandson of Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company. His grandfather was Edsel B. Ford, company president from 1919 to 1943, and his late father, Henry Ford II, was president of the company from 1945 to 1960. Edsel B. Ford II was named president and chief operating officer of Ford Motor Credit Company in May 1991 and elected a company vice president in December 1993. A graduate of Babson College and Harvard Business School, he is currently a member of the Ford Motor Company board of directors.

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Format: Paperback / softback, 552 Pages
ISBN: 9780760346464
Illustrations: 69 b-w photos
Size: 6.125 in x 9.125 in x 1.25 in / 155.57 mm x 231.78 mm x 31.75 mm
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