Petersen Museum to Honor Carroll Shelby With Cobra Display

May 30, 2012

The Petersen Automotive Museum of Los Angeles has announced that it will honor the passing of Carroll Shelby with a new display opening May 30.

The display, which will be on view through June 3, will feature nine Shelby vehicles, including the prototype Cobra CSX2000, the first production Cobra CSX2001, a 2013 Ford Shelby GT500, and a selection of Shelby American’s 50th anniversary vehicles, Series 1 and other Shelby cars.

Shelby, a champion race car driver and racing team owner who designed the legendary Shelby American Cobra and founded Shelby American Inc., died earlier this month at the age of 89.

“Shelby would not want the world to mourn his death, but instead celebrate his life,” the museum said in a statement. “Carroll Shelby International, Inc., Ford Motor Company and the Petersen Automotive Museum will celebrate with an exhibit of iconic Shelby automobiles. There are few Americans who have the creativity, business savvy, competitive spirit and grit that it takes to become an automotive icon. Carroll Shelby was one of those people.”

In honor of the exhibit’s opening, the museum will extend its hours on May 30 until 9 p.m. For more information, visit