A natural huckster and fierce competitor with Italian roots and a penchant for cigars, vinyl car roofs and Greek-temple grilles, Iacocca defined the role of the imperial American executive -- first as president of Ford, then as CEO and chairman at Chrysler -- for much of the last quarter of the...
Lutz went to Lee and asked for $50M to build the Viper. Lee complied and gave him a ridiculous 18 months to do so. He did it. VIN 00001 went to Lee. Lutz got 00002. I bought 00002 from Lutz 10 years ago. BTW, Lee couldn’t really drive a stick.
At Carroll Shelby’s memorial service at the Petersen Museum, I was ask by Cleo Shelby if I would help her get Lee Iacocca to his seat when arrived. Upon his arrival she met him out front and brought him up to the Memorial Service which was on the top floor. As a former Chrysler dealer I was thrilled. I walked up to Cleo and Lee I could tell he wasn’t very steady and walked with a Cain. I stuck my hand out and introduced myself as a former Chrysler dealer from Texas and could I help him to his seat? He looked up at me and Said” You qualify Son let’s find my seat, I can’t walk very far”.
At Keels and Wheels when Carroll and Sir Sterling Moss were invites some years ago Carroll was signing pictures When he started telling me about he and Lee’s relationship. He told me “He’ll Hamon If Lee was a Coca Cola distributor I’d go to work for him”. “He made my Career with Ford, I love that man”. Lee was the only close friend Carroll didn’t outlive! They’re together now remembering the past in a better place!