The Shelby Daytona woke up America to the strength of aerodynamics. In contrast to the legendary Shelby Cobra that had the properties of a brick flying through the air, the Daytona has some unmistakable design cues that were particularly controversial at the time. Notably the cutaway rear deck, that made one of the most revered silhouettes ever designed.
When the concept was first thought of, it was down to the fact the Cobra was a roadster and rather poor aerodynamically. It would tear up the race circuit with a stampede of aggression, but would seriously struggle on the straights where Porsche’s 904 and Ferrari 250 GTO’s would simply pull out and overtake. Pete Brock thought he had the solution, and in Shelby’s shop the Daytona came to fruition.
The concept was built by California’s finest hot rod builders, some of which hated it as the hypothesis had yet to be proven or fully understood. Despite concerns, once complete it went on to win the nations first FIA title. The car was first built to take the fight to Ferrari and their 250 GTO, and after only six were produced Shelbys efforts were shifted onto the GT40 concept, which had the same endeavors in its sights. As a car that could be deemed as a contributing factor to the GT40’s eventual success, its importance is unequivocally cemented.
Pete Brock, the original designer, re-kindled the Daytona many decades later in the nineties, and from 1996 designed the continuation model that you see here; the Daytona Coupe Superformance. Although the manufacturer date is missing from the description, with just 6,000 miles on the odometer it has barely seen the light of day, and sports the heritage by being designed by the man who made it all possible, way back in the sixties.
Fitted with a Roush 402R block developing 500-horsepower attached to a Tremec 6 speed manual transmission, this stunningly accurate replica would require a well trained eye to tell the difference between this and the original multi million dollar examples. Finished in Guardsmen Blue with Wimbledon White stripes, it’s also presented in the finest colour combination possible.
For more information, visit the Motorious classifieds for this Superformance Daytona listed at $134,950.
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