Rob Kinnan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
March 24, 2017

A few weeks ago we ran a photo from the inside of Shelby American’s shop where they built 1965 G.T. 350 Mustangs. Originally thinking it was the famous 1042 Princeton Drive building in Venice, California, Jim Marrietta (who worked at Shelby at the time) told us the photo was actually taken in the “Carter Road” building, across the street and on the other side of an empty field from Princeton Drive. Intrigued, we got on Google Maps to see what he was talking about, and then drove down to see the building.

Pete Brock is seen here on the right with the wood buck of the first Daytona Coupe on the street outside Shelby American’s 1042 Princeton Dr. building. The building in the background, at top left, in the profile picture was the Carter Rd. building where the ’65 Shelby G.T. 350 Mustangs were built. Shelby moved from here to be closer to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX, only a few miles away) in early 1965.
Same spot and angle of the previous photo shows the condos in place of the open field and Carter Rd. building.

As with most things in Los Angeles, especially areas as close to the beach as the Princeton Dr. building is, the area has been heavily developed and the Carter Rd.—now called Jefferson Way—building and the field separating it from Shelby’s offices on Princeton Dr. is now an enormous condominium complex. Check out the “then and now” photos to see how things have changed.

A few years ago, the tenant of 1042 Princeton Dr. knew his building’s history as he opened the doors for a Cobra club tour, but as of 2016 the property was listed for rent and is now occupied. We didn’t stop in and ask if the current tenants have any idea what their famous building used to contain, but we’re certain that the people living in the condos that used to be the Carter Rd. building have no clue. Makes you wonder if the ghosts of Carroll, Ken Miles, and Dave McDonald ever roam the area.

Pushing the Daytona wood buck back into the bay door facing Princeton Dr.
The same angle, March 23, 12017.
Carroll and Steve McQueen chatting while leaning on a 289 Cobra at the 1042 Princeton Dr. building.
1042 Princeton Dr. today.