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The best of Carroll Shelby’s sports car legacy, in your Flickr photos


The best of Carroll Shelby’s sports car legacy, in your Flickr photosEven if you've never heard of Carroll Shelby, you've seen his cars before, especially that aluminum artwork which made the original Shelby Cobras one of the most sought-after vehicles of the 20th century. Here's a look back at the cars that made Carroll Shelby's name, as captured by Flickr users around the world.

Shelby Cobra 289Shelby Cobra 289: While he started with a 260-cubic-inch Ford V-8, Shelby soon switched to the 289 V-8, good for more than 300 hp, turning the Shelby Cobra into a track monster. (Photo by RGT3 Pics)

Shelby DaytonaShelby Daytona coupe: The car that Shelby first won LeMans as a team owner in was a closed version of the Cobra that offered far higher top speeds. Only nine originals were ever built, although like the original Cobras the body would be copied later. (Photo by dryheatpanzer)

Shelby Cobra 427Shelby Cobra 427: When it left Shelby American, these cars produced 425 hp, and had a rated top speed of 168 mph. Fifty years later, there's still nothing like them. (Photo by pdbreen)

Shelby GT350HShelby GT350H: Shelby's largest output came in the late '60s, modifying regular production Mustangs into high-output versions known as GT350, GT500 and this one, where the "H" stood for where you could rent it -- Hertz. (Photo by Chad Horwedel)

1986 Dodge Omni Shelby GLHS1986 Shelby GLHS: Shelby's involvement with Dodge had its moments and disappointments, but none were quite as interesting as the 1986 Shelby GLHS, a Dodge Omni turbo boosted to 175 hp that could hit 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. (Photo by GraphiChris)

Shelby Series 11999 Shelby Series 1: The only car Shelby ever built from the ground up, the Series 1 held the promise of returning Shelby to the glory days of the '60s; it was also the first Shelby product to use a General Motors engine, namely the 4-liter V8 good for 300 hp. While faster than the original Shelby 427, only 249 of the Series 1s were built, and Shelby eventually sold the company while production was underway. (Photo by Ian F. Miller)

Top photo: DryHeatPanzer