Carroll Shelby at the 24 Hours of Le Mans Race, June 1966

Summary

Carroll Shelby was brought in to boost Ford's struggling GT racing program in late 1964. Shelby, who won the 24 Hours of Le Mans as a driver in 1959, turned things around. His team reworked the GT40 and replaced its 289-cubic inch engine with a big 427. Ford swept the Le Mans podium in 1966, taking first, second and third places.

Carroll Shelby was brought in to boost Ford's struggling GT racing program in late 1964. Shelby, who won the 24 Hours of Le Mans as a driver in 1959, turned things around. His team reworked the GT40 and replaced its 289-cubic inch engine with a big 427. Ford swept the Le Mans podium in 1966, taking first, second and third places.

Artifact

Digital image

Subject Date

June 1966

Collection Title

Dave Friedman Collection 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

2009.158.317.10903

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Technique

Digital imaging

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 1204 pixel

Width: 1795 pixel

Resolution: 72 dpi

Depth: 24 bit

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