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Champion race car driver, racing team owner, automotive consultant and one-time chicken farmer Carroll Shelby passed away last week at the age of 89. In this gallery, we take a look at some of his iconic contributions to the world of cars.

In this 1958 file photo, Shelby sits in a car at the Havana Grand Prix time trial.


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Shelby enjoys a swig of champagne after combining with British veteran Roy Salvadori to win the 24-Hour Endurance Auto Classic at Le Mans, France in 1959. Dressing up the picture is Miss Sophie Destrade, of France. She was Miss Europe of 1959.


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The 1962 Ford Shelby Cobra.


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Carroll Shelby at the wheel of a new Cobra production car in 1963.


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Shelby with the three Cobra roadsters that would win the 1963 USRRC Manufacturer's Championship.


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Carroll Shelby poses with his new 1964 production Cobra and his new Cobra race car in California.


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A 1965 file photo showing the Mustang GT 350, a sleek fastback built by Shelby that attracts high interest among sports car enthusiasts.


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The 1966 Shelby Mustang GT-350H.


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Shelby with the race-winning Ford Mark IV at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1967.


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Carroll Shelby sitting on a 1968 GT500 KR during a celebration at the Nashville Super Speedway to mark the 40th anniversary of the Ford Mustang.

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Shelby with the Shelby Series 1 sports car after it was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 1997.


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Shelby introduced the Ford Shelby Cobra GT500 at the New York International Auto Show in 2005.


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Shelby with the 2007 Ford Shelby GT500.

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Carroll Shelby stands with the 2007 Ford Shelby GT Mustang.


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Shelby visited Ford's Dearborn Development Center in 2007 to check on the progress of the Shelby GT500KR.


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The 2007 Ford Shelby GT.


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Carroll Shelby stands beside the 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 following its introduction at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.


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Shelby at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2009.


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The Shelby Cobra Concept.


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Carroll Shelby in the GT500 prototype.


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Carroll Shelby takes a break from test-driving a convertible version of the 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 at Ford's Dearborn Proving Ground.


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