Tuesday, June 13, 2017

1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona

In 1965 a car created by a handful of California hot-rodders won America its first FIA manufacturers' road-racing championship. That machine, the 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, was the brainchild of designer Peter Brock. From Carroll Shelby's shop in Los Angeles, it went to Daytona, Sebring, and Europe. There it took down Ferrari, winner of 10 FIA sports-car titles in the previous 12 years. Of the 11 races that year, the Daytona won eight.
A 289 cu in (4.7 L) V8 produced 385hp. 0-60 time was 4.4 seconds onto a top speed of 191mph.

Dave MacDonald, Bob Holbert and Carroll Shelby Alongside #14 Shelby Cobra Daytona

Carroll Shelby gives a thumbs-up to the race-leading coupe at its Daytona debut
Six Shelby Daytona Coupes were built. Each has a storied racing history and still exist today. The first example, chassis number CSX2287, was the original prototype developed by Shelby and Brock. The car disappeared in the mid-1970s. It wasn’t until 2001 when the car was found in a California storage unit after its owner’s suicide. The car is estimated to be worth over $4 million.