He died on Thursday at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, according to the company,. The firm did not disclose the cause of death. A post on his Facebook page last month revealed he had been hospitalized for pneumonia.
Shelby was one of the few prominent designers to work with all three major American car companies, starting with Ford Motor Coin the 1960s. His last collaboration with Ford was on the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500.
Shelby's high-performance cars helped Detroit challenge the dominance of the Europeans in racing.Ralph Gilles, head of product design for Chrysler, said Shelby created cars that helped enthusiasts worldwide find "joy and self-actualization."