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May 11, 2012 3:11 PM | By Hugues Gonnot, MSN Autos
The cars of Carroll Shelby

1954 Austin Healey 100-S



1954 Austin Healey 100-S (© Photo: Neil Dimock)
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In August 1954, Carroll Shelby received a phone call from Donald Healey - of the British sports car firm Austin-Healey - to build a new fleet of race cars. These cars would race at the Bonneville Salt Flats, the Carrera Panamerica and other events. In the early '60s, Shelby proposed a plan to Healey involving the creation of a new sports car powered by an American V8 engine. Healey refused, so Shelby turned to AC Cars to create the Cobra.

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