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In 1960, Carroll Shelby retired from auto racing and turned his attention to designing and building high-performance automobiles. While the vehicles are re-engineered and adapted from models produced by other manufacturers, they are considered some of the most successful performance cars ever made.
Below is a bibliography of material in our holdings for reference use on Shelby Racing. If you have any questions about the material please let us know.
Photographs, slides, negatives, documents, programs and published material covering 60 years of automobile racing.
Photographic Subgroup Digital Images series
Shelby-American International Miscellaneous, 1958-1968
Box 2 Nassau Speed Week, December 1958
9th Santa Barbara Road Races, May 31 - June 1, 1958
Box 9 1962-1963. 1 of 2. Chavez Ravine @ Dodger Stadium March 1963 (Unprocessed)
1962-1963. 1 of 2 Riverside C.S.C.C. 2/11/1963 (Unprocessed)
Box 10 1962-1963 2 of 2. Bridgehampton Double 500, Sept. 14-15 1963 Long Island N.Y. (Unprocessed)
1962-1963. 2 of 2. Road America 500, Elkhart Lake, WI, Sept. 6-7 1963 (Unprocessed)
Box 14 1965-66. 2 of 3. -Nassau Speed weeks, Dec. 1965 (Unprocessed)
Box 15 1965-66- 3 of 3- Nassau, Nov.27-Dec. 1966(Unprocessed)
Box 16A Mid-Ohio Trans American Sedan- June 10-11, 1967. Mansfield, OH (Unprocessed)
Box 17 Slides, Neg, Contact Sheets – Daytona February 3-4, 1968 (Unprocessed)
Box 24. Nassau Speed Week.Dec 1963
Box 26 1964.March.12 Hours Sebring
Box 41 Cobra Coupe at Bonneville November 1965
Box 43 1966.March.12 Hours of Sebring
Box 45 1966.June.24 Hours of Le Mans
Box 55 1967.June.24 Hours of Le Mans
Box 57 August Shelby King Cobra Construction and Testing
Box 80 1981 August Shelby-American Reunion
1995 June Shelby-American Reunion
Box 91-93 Shelby-American International subseries
Box 98 1962 Shelby Cobra Coupe
Box 99 1967 Carroll Shelby Promotional
Box 101 Misc.
Shelby Memorabilia, 1995
Shelby Reunion at Laguna Seca, 1989
Shelby Reunion at Sears Point Raceway, 1995
Box 108- 111 Shelby-American International
Box 111 Photographs – Head shots
Shelby, Carroll, undated
Box 119 1965 Shelby-American International Shops
Box 123 1995 Shelby American Reunion at Sears Point
Box 133 1964 Shelby-American International Shops
1990-1991 Shelby Roast
Box 158 Photographs-Prints- Race Car Builders & Teams- Shelby American Int.-1958-1964
Box 160 Shelby Racing subseries
Correspondence and reports, 1962-1968 (6 folders)
Clippings and published material, circa 1962-1968
Ford Indy Program, 1928-1968
Box 161 Ford Racing - Carroll Shelby
Shelby American Racing - Balcean, Cantwell, Agapian, O'Leary, Stucki
Shelby American Racing - Beebe, Negstad, Thompson, Frey, Sutcliffe, Johnson, Pabst, Collins
Shelby American Racing - Box, Donovan, Kirkpatrick, Muhleman
Shelby American Racing - Davis, Passino, Simpson, Nedle Deke, Hill, Kwech, Bondurant, Ake, Pike
Shelby American Racing - Frey, Chance, Gurney, Joans
Shelby American Racing - Gardner, Smith, Culleton, Spencer, Salvadori, Grant
Shelby American Racing - Joans, Cramer, MacDonald, Popou, Lang
Shelby American Racing - John Cooper, Jones, Eaton, Fitzpatrick, Gerber
Shelby American Racing - Kretzschmar, Goodell
Shelby American Racing - Leslie, Holbert, Henney, Perry, Pierce, Collins, Negstad
Shelby American Racing - Negstad, Mann, Ohlsen, Sears, Uren, Olthoff, Peat, Amon, Whitmore, Burness
Shelby American Racing - Sears, Steele, Gurney
Shelby American / Indy & Laguna Seca – Ward, Brabham, Shelby, Geddes, J.L
Collection comprised of 17 matted and mounted color photographic prints.
These untitled, undated images are dye-color transfer photographs of contemporary racing automobiles, race car drivers, racing crews, racing fans, and arenas. All document the 1967 racing season, a high profile motorsports year for the Ford Motor Company. Included are images of the Ford GT40 Mark IV (currently owned by The Henry Ford), the Ford Fairlane 500, the Shelby Mustang GT 500, and the Ghia Mustang concept car.
The Dan Rubin automotive photographs collection contains photographic prints, negatives, and slides documenting automobiles and automobile racing, primarily from 1952 to 1967.
Acc. 2012.25 Peter Bryant Papers
Peter Bryant papers. Included in the collection are project information relating to buses, electric cars and bicycles, a catering truck, and wind and solar generators. Also included is information relating to Peter Bryant's racing interests including CanAm and Shelby racing vehicles. The oversize engineering drawings include drawings relating to Bryant's specially designed racing car, the Shadow as well as the Shelby Series 1 car. Also included here are drawings for a heavy duty truck, a Continental bus and a special GM Mid Trans Bus.
Acc. 2015.69.0 Don "Sully" Sullivan Papers
The Don "Sully" Sullivan papers come a former Ford Motor Company engineer, and contain approx. 47 cubic ft. of engineering drawings, notes, and internal documents covering primarily a period from the 1950s into the 1980s. The material is spread across 48 boxes. There are also a number of rolled drawings, four audio and two video reminiscences with Mr. Sullivan about his life and experiences with Henry Ford as well as his later extensive time with Ford Racing.
P. J. Gaughan was a product planning executive in the Central Product Planning Office (CPPO) in the mid 1950s and early 1960s. During this time, the CPPO assembled a large collection of photographs, taken at various auto shows, which were used by the Ford Motor Company Car Product Planning Department to analyze the styling of competitor cars between 1951 and 1967
Acc. 175 Automotive Product Literature Collection
The Automotive Product Literature collection is an intentionally assembled collection of sales, promotional and informational material published by automotive manufacturers and used primarily by automotive dealers or sales agents to market and sell automobiles. The collection includes sales brochures, press kits, press releases, service bulletins, photographs, comparative literature, color and trim books and color chips, salesman's manuals, owner's manuals and reference books for over 1000 past and present automobile manufacturers worldwide.
Shelby (Shelby-American) (1962 – 1989)
Acc. 2009.103 Phil Harms Collection
The Phil Harms Collection documents the history of open wheel automobile racing in the United States through still and moving images, data and statistics, event programs, publications, periodicals, and news clippings.
Harms Number 5401- 5, C Shelby #46 sports cars
24 Hours of Le Mans Trophy, 1967, 2014.82.1
1967 Ford Mark IV Race Car, 71.83.1, Henry Ford Museum - Driving America – Racing
Oral History and Digital Images, 2008.130 Interview with Carroll Shelby, August, 2008 (Reference/research use only)
Oral History and Digital Images, 2008.129 Interview with Dan Gurney, August, 2008 (Reference/research use only)
Acc. 2007.40.0 Jon Hart Vintage Auto Racing Video Collection
The tapes were created by Jon Hart for a television program he was producing. The finished programs are a series of video essays covering topics like automobile museums and their collections, club meets and shows, rallies, racing, and auctions. Also included are interviews with automobile designers, builders and historians. The tapes include raw footage and completed programs. Topics covered include: racing at Elkhart Lake, Watkins Glen, and the Bahamas Grand Prix; car shows at Meadowbrook and other locations; and specific subjects like the Shelby Cobra. The dates range from 1986 to 1993. (Reference/research use only)
Books, Periodicals, and Secondary
Carroll Shelby’s Racing Cobra by Dave Friedman and John Christy
629.228 C65, F911
Famous Auto Racing Thrills by George Sullivan
796.72 S49, 1966
Inside Shelby American: Wrenching and Racing with Carroll Shelby in the 1960s by John Morton
796.72 S544 M889 2013
Cobra: The Shelby American Original Archives, 1962-1965
629.228 C65 F911 2002
Ford GT: The Legend Comes to Life by Larry Edsall
629.228 F699 E24 2004
Shelby GT 40 by Dave Friedman
796.7209 F699 F911 1995
Ford Small Block V8 Racing Engines 1962-1970 by Des Hammill
629.2504 H224 2014
Carroll Shelby: The Authorized Biography, by Rinsey Mills
796.72092 S544 M657 2012
Shelby’s Wildlife: The Cobras and Mustangs by Wallace A. Wyss
629.228 C65 W995 1994
Daytona Cobra Coupes; Carroll Shelby’s 1965 World Champions by Peter Brock, Dave Friedman, and George Stauffer
796.72 C65 B864 1995
Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans by A.J. Baime
796.72 B161 2009
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