Carroll Shelby was an automobile designer, racer, and entrepreneur from the United States.

Shelby is most known for his work on Ford Motor Company’s AC Cobra and Mustang, which he customized in the late 1960s and early 2000s.

carroll-shelby
  • Save

In 1962, he founded Shelby American to produce and market high-performance cars.

The Carroll Shelby Story, his autobiography, was published in 1967.

His accomplishment as a racing car driver was co-driving the winning 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans entry.

We have compiled a list of the most popular quotes from Carroll Shelby for you.


Carroll Shelby Quotes

My name’s ~ Carroll Shelby. and performance is my business. ~ Carroll Shelby.

I’m a hot rodder, I’m an innovator. ~ Carroll Shelby.

I’ve always been asked, ‘What is my favorite car?’ and I’ve always said ‘The next one.’ ~ Carroll Shelby.

Best Carroll Shelby Quotes
  • Save

I just keep on driving through it whatever the problem is, you’ve got to drive through. Because it’s not going to go away until you solve it. ~ Carroll Shelby.

Best Carroll Shelby Quotes

Driving race cars was an avenue for me to learn how to build my own car, and that was my ambition all along. ~ Carroll Shelby.

In 1964, when Lee Iacocca said, ‘Shelby, I want you to make a sports car out of the Mustang,’ the first thing I said was, ‘Lee, you can’t make a race horse out of a mule. I don’t want to do it.’ He said, ‘I didn’t ask you to make it; you work for me.’ ~ Carroll Shelby.

carroll-shelby-quotes-sayings
  • Save

Horsepower sells cars, torque wins races. ~ Carroll Shelby.

What I wanted to do was build an automobile. ~ Carroll Shelby.

Top Carroll Shelby Quotes

I didn’t have time for my children much. I wasn’t a very good parent; I had a pretty unhappy home life. ~ Carroll Shelby.

best-carroll-shelby-quotes-sayings
  • Save

Porsche and BMW drivers are arrogant. ~ Carroll Shelby.

I don’t design cars. I’m not a designer. I know what I desire to be built, I know what the end result is, the horsepower, the competition we’ll be working against – but I leave it to the people who work with me to put it all together. I don’t do anything. ~ Carroll Shelby.

I’m a terrible husband. ~ Carroll Shelby.

I never made a damn dime until I started doing what I wanted. ~ Carroll Shelby.

The first time I walked by a crap table, I felt kind of funny. ~ Carroll Shelby.

Top Carroll Shelby Quotes
  • Save

I love horsepower. ~ Carroll Shelby.

My proudest moments are beating Ferrari for the World Championship in 1965, and working with Ford to win Le Mans in 1966 and 1967. ~ Carroll Shelby.

Popular Carroll Shelby Quotes

My father was always fixing something that I screwed up. ~ Carroll Shelby.

The most important thing in the world that I learned when I was growing up, is that you can’t ever give up. ~ Carroll Shelby.

famous-carroll-shelby-quotes-sayings
  • Save

And I’m not going to do anything else. ~ Carroll Shelby.

The Cobra is my personal favorite car. The original 289 Cobra is the car I respect the most. I like to drive the 289 better than the 427. ~ Carroll Shelby.

Every morning I wake up with new ideas. ~ Carroll Shelby.

I can’t do anything in particular except pick people. ~ Carroll Shelby.

top-carroll-shelby-quotes-sayings
  • Save

I think to be successful in racing it has to be your number one priority… ~ Carroll Shelby.

I’m not going to take this defeatist attitude and listen to all this crap any more from all these people who have nothing except doomsday to predict. ~ Carroll Shelby.

Famous Carroll Shelby Quotes

We built production cars so we could go racing. ~ Carroll Shelby.

Racing has reached the point where it is pricing the young driver, no matter his talent, out of the game. ~ Carroll Shelby.

powerful-carroll-shelby-quotes-sayings
  • Save

The desire for speed has always been there… ~ Carroll Shelby.

It is never easy to build a sports car with a major manufacturer. ~ Carroll Shelby.

I don’t think I’m a celebrity. I’m just a guy from east Texas who loves cars and airplanes. ~ Carroll Shelby.

Inspiring Carroll Shelby Quotes

I had a lot of fun driving race cars, but it wasn’t my No. 1 priority. ~ Carroll Shelby.

great-carroll-shelby-quotes-sayings
  • Save

Disappointments have never really bothered me that much. ~ Carroll Shelby.

I’ve got cattle on 4,000 acres about 100 miles east of Dallas, but I’ve also got another 65-acre ranch where I raise American miniature horses. ~ Carroll Shelby.

It’s a massive motor in a tiny, lightweight car. ~ Carroll Shelby.

You can figure it out, if you have the drive, to do it and don’t let disappointments kill you. ~ Carroll Shelby.

There’s more ways to get where you’re trying to get, if the first one doesn’t work. ~ Carroll Shelby.

profound-carroll-shelby-quotes-sayings
  • Save

You better learn to work with people because they’re the only thing you have to make anything work. ~ Carroll Shelby.

I never had ambitions to see how rich I could get. I got a lot of contemporaries that that’s their ambition, and I don’t know very many of them that are happy. ~ Carroll Shelby.

Any man that eats Chili and Cornbread can’t be all bad. ~ Carroll Shelby.

Automobiles are the thing that I’m known for and that’s really my love and that’s what I think about more than anything else. ~ Carroll Shelby.

inspiring-carroll-shelby-quotes-sayings
  • Save

I’ve had a good run. I’ve built a lot of things that work and a lot of things that didn’t work. ~ Carroll Shelby.

There is never enough horsepower… just not enough traction. ~ Carroll Shelby.

When something doesn’t work out right, you can’t stop. ~ Carroll Shelby.

The reason I moved to California the first time was to build the Cobra. I thought it was stupid to have a 1918 taxicab engine in what Europeans like to call a performance car when a little American V-8 could do the job better. ~ Carroll Shelby.

Yesterday’s History. Tomorrow’s a Mystery. So live for today. ~ Carroll Shelby.


So these were the 45 quotes about Carroll Shelby.

If you like these quotes and sayings, then you can also read my other popular blog posts on the topics of Kristin Armstrong quotes and Racing quotes.

You are welcome to share these best quotes, sayings, phrases and captions with your friends and family on social media channels such as (Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Pinterest).


About Carroll Shelby

Carroll Shelby was a racecar driver and car designer.

He is most famous for designing the Shelby Cobra, a powerful sports car. Shelby also competed in races all over the world, and won many awards.

  • Born: Carroll Hall Shelby
  • Birthdate: January 11, 1923
  • Birthplace: Leesburg, Texas, U.S.
  • Died: May 10, 2012 at the age of 89 in Dallas, Texas, U.S.
  • Active years: 1958–1959
  • Teams: Aston Martin, non-works Maserati.

He was a very talented and successful man, and is considered a legend in the automotive world.