The Shelby Daytona Coupe (also referred to as the Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe) is an American sports-coupé related to the AC Cobra roadster, loosely based on its chassis and drive-train. It was built for auto racing, specifically to take on Ferrari and its 250 GTO in the GT class. Just six Shelby Daytona Coupes were built between 1964 and 1965, as Shelby was reassigned to the Ford GT40 project to compete at the 24 hours of Le Mans, again to beat Ferrari in the highest level prototype class. With the Shelby Daytona, Shelby became the first American constructor to win a title on the international scene at the FIA World Sportscar Championship in 1965 and has recently been chosen for historic preservation as a significant vehicle in the history of auto racing.
Exterior: Very good paint on this very straight aluminium body. This car has only been tested around the track a few times and otherwise been stored in a dry garage. This was one man’s dream to build a replica of one of the greatest and most iconic race cars in history. And now it is standing here waiting to get out on the track and do what it was built for. The build is well documented and there are pictures from when the aluminium body is standing on its own unpainted. Authentic looking wheel fitted with Avon Radial CR6-ZZ 295-50-R15 in the back and 245-60-R15 in the front.
Interior: Well, this is a race car and inside is what you could expect, which is not much. It is the necessary gauges and some flip switches, a hard aluminium seat, race harness and a cage.
Engine: The engine and gearbox have been made to look and perform as close to the original as possible. There are many ways to set up a race car and it is very much to a driver’s preference. But it starts and runs today. It’s a 289 C6 that meets FIA Apendix K regulations. The total cost of the engine build alone is close to 20,000€. Many specially made parts have been used to make it look as authentic as possible. Keep in mind that only cars with 289 engine and Webers can meet FIA regulations. Borg -Warner T10 gearbox. 3.77 rear end. Dyno test showing 400hp at 6700rpm.
History: The build of this car started around 2000 and most of the work and investments have been around 2007.