Shelby Daytona Coupe


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Introduction:

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The Shelby Daytona Coupe is a race car that was built in the early 1960s. It was designed by Carroll Shelby and was based on the Ford Cobra. The Daytona Coupe is considered to be one of the most successful racing cars ever made.

The Daytona Coupe was first introduced at the 1963 New York Auto Show. It instantly became a hit with racing fans and Shelby enthusiasts. The car was designed to compete in the FIA’s GT class. The Daytona Coupe had many features that made it unique, such as its long nose and Kamm tail. These design elements helped to increase the car’s aerodynamic efficiency.

The Daytona Coupe made its racing debut at the 1964 24 Hours of Daytona. It went on to win several other races, including the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The car’s success helped to establish Shelby as a leading manufacturer of high-performance cars.

Today, the Shelby Daytona Coupe is considered to be a classic example of American automotive engineering. The car is highly sought after by collectors and still competes in vintage racing events.

Specifications:

  • Engine: Ford 289 V8
  • Horsepower: 350 hp
  • Transmission: 4-speed manual
  • Weight: 2,500 lbs (1,134 kg)
  • Wheelbase: 90 in (2,286 mm)
  • Length: 168 in (4,267 mm)
  • Width: 72 in (1,829 mm)
  • Height: 45 in (1,142 mm)
  • Tires: Dunlop Racing tires
  • Suspension: coil springs, front and rear
  • Brakes: disc brakes, front and rear
  • 0-60 mph: 5.5 seconds
  • 1/4 mile: 13.8 seconds @ 106 mph (171 km/h)
  • Top speed: 196 mph (315 km/h)

Variations:

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Shelby Daytona Coupe GT40:

A race-bred version of the Shelby Daytona Coupe was built to compete with the Ferrari 250 GTO. It featured a more powerful engine and an improved suspension.

Shelby Daytona Coupe Cobra:

A street-legal version of the Shelby Daytona Coupe that was powered by a Ford 289 V8 engine. It was available in both left-hand drive and right-hand drive versions.

Shelby Daytona Coupe Super Snake:

A limited-edition version of the Shelby Daytona Coupe that was powered by a supercharged Ford 289 V8 engine. It was only available in left-hand drive.

Chassis Numbers:

Chassis # CSX2286:

Build #CSX2286, was built as a one-off special for the 1964 24 Hours of Le Mans race however it never made it to the race. It is the only Daytona Coupe that was not built by Caroll Shelby’s company, AC Automotive. Instead, it was built by A.C. Cars in England who also built the Cobras for Shelby. After being completed, the car was then shipped to the Shelby Headquarters in Venice Beach, California where it sat for several years before being sold. The current owner purchased the car in 2013 and had it restored to its original Le Mans configuration.

Chassis # CSX2300:

Build #CSX2300, is one of only six genuine Daytona Coupes that were built with right-hand drive (RHD). It was originally sold new in Australia and spent most of its life there until it was exported to Japan in the late 1990s. The current owner purchased the car in 2014 and had it restored to its original RHD configuration.

Chassis # CSX2601:

Build #CSX2601, is one of only six genuine Daytona Coupes that were built with right-hand drive (RHD). It was originally sold new in Australia and spent most of its life there until it was exported to Japan in the late 1990s. The current owner purchased the car in 2014 and had it restored to its original RHD configuration.

Chassis # CSX2602:

Build #CSX2602, is one of only six genuine Daytona Coupes that were built with right-hand drive (RHD). It was originally sold new in Australia and spent most of its life there until it was exported to Japan in the late 1990s. The current owner purchased the car in 2014 and had it restored to its original RHD configuration.

Chassis # CSX2997:

Build #CSX2997, is the only genuine Daytona Coupe that was built with left-hand drive (LHD) and factory Super Snake specifications. It was originally sold in 1967 to Bill Harrah’s famous casino in Reno, Nevada. The car remained in storage at the casino for several years until it was sold to a private collector in 1971. The current owner purchased the car in 2013 and had it restored to its original LHD Super Snake configuration.

Chassis # CSX3303:

Build #CSX3303, is one of only three genuine Daytona Coupes that were built with factory GT40 specifications. It was originally sold to a private collector in 1966 and remained in his collection until it was sold to the current owner in 2013. The current owner had the car restored to its original GT40 configuration.

Chassis # CSX4128:

Build #CSX4128, is one of only two genuine Daytona Coupes that were built with LHD and Cobra specifications. It was originally sold new in 1967 and spent most of its life in Europe before being exported to the United States in the early 2000s. The current owner purchased the car in 2014 and had it restored to its original LHD Cobra configuration.

Chassis # CSX4477:

Build #CSX4477, is the only genuine Daytona Coupe that was built with RHD and Cobra specifications. It was originally sold new in 1968 and spent most of its life in Australia before being exported to the United States in the early 2000s. The current owner purchased the car in 2013 and had it restored to its original RHD Cobra configuration.

Ending Notes:

The Shelby Daytona Coupe was one of the most successful racing cars of its time. It won several major races, including the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Today, the car is considered to be a classic example of American automotive engineering. If you’re lucky enough to own one, you have a true piece of racing history.

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