This is the Shelby Series 1 prototype, a test car for what would become the only production road car ever designed and built from scratch by Carroll Shelby and his team. Shelby became famous as a racing driver with a stint in Formula 1 followed by a popular victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959 alongside Roy Salvadori.

A heart problem meant that Shelby would often be chewing nitroglycerin pills while driving in the heat of competition, and after his Le Mans win he decided to hang up the boots and focus on building both race and street cars.

It would be this new venture that would see him become famous across the USA and around the world for a series of extraordinary performance cars like the Shelby Cobra, the Shelby Mustangs, and a slew of others – including a return to the 24 Hours of

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