Shelby Cobra Daytona 1965

Shelby Cobra Daytona 1965

Characteristics

Aluminium coupe

Ford V8 289 4.7L 370 HP engine

From 265 to 305 km/h depending on the axle gear ratio

Built on Caroll Shelby’s initiative on the basis of the excellent British AC chassis, in which he grafted a powerful Ford V8 289 4.7-litre engine in 1963. The new AC Cobra quickly established its supremacy on the roads and in almost every car race in the United States.

But Shelby and Ford shared a more ambitious goal: beat Ferrari on the international scene and become the first American team to win the FIA World Sportscar Championship for GT Manufacturers.
An experimental Cobra coupe was designed by Pete Brock for this purpose and was built on an existing Cobra 289 chassis. Its aerodynamics, which were much more favourable than convertibles, were supposed to allow it to go up against the Ferrari 250 GTO, unbeatable on the race circuits until then.

This new car immediately won the GT class in its first race in 1964 on the Daytona circuit.
Carroll Shelby then decided to use the name Daytona for his new Cobra Coupe. Building on this initial success, as well as on another victory at Sebring in March 1964, a second Cobra Daytona Coupe was built in Modena, Italy, by Carozzeria Grand Sport.
The work was so well done that Carroll Shelby quickly ordered 4 more Cobra Daytona Coupe cars.

The Cobra Daytona won many races in 1965 such as the 12 Hours of Reims, the Nurburgring or a 2nd place in Spa, which allowed Ford to win the World Championship for Manufacturers in the presence and despite Enzo Ferrari.

Only 6 original Cobra Daytonas were manufactured

This car is an exact replica made of aluminium, built by Pekka Nyström in Sweden.

Breitt Gallery bought the car in 2019, it has an FIA passport and is eligible for many historical competitions.

Shelby Cobra Daytona 1965

Characteristics

Aluminium coupe

Ford V8 289 4.7L 370 HP engine

From 265 to 305 km/h depending on the axle gear ratio

Built on Caroll Shelby’s initiative on the basis of the excellent British AC chassis, in which he grafted a powerful Ford V8 289 4.7-litre engine in 1963. The new AC Cobra quickly established its supremacy on the roads and in almost every car race in the United States.

But Shelby and Ford shared a more ambitious goal: beat Ferrari on the international scene and become the first American team to win the FIA World Sportscar Championship for GT Manufacturers.
An experimental Cobra coupe was designed by Pete Brock for this purpose and was built on an existing Cobra 289 chassis. Its aerodynamics, which were much more favourable than convertibles, were supposed to allow it to go up against the Ferrari 250 GTO, unbeatable on the race circuits until then.

This new car immediately won the GT class in its first race in 1964 on the Daytona circuit.
Carroll Shelby then decided to use the name Daytona for his new Cobra Coupe. Building on this initial success, as well as on another victory at Sebring in March 1964, a second Cobra Daytona Coupe was built in Modena, Italy, by Carozzeria Grand Sport.
The work was so well done that Carroll Shelby quickly ordered 4 more Cobra Daytona Coupe cars.

The Cobra Daytona won many races in 1965 such as the 12 Hours of Reims, the Nurburgring or a 2nd place in Spa, which allowed Ford to win the World Championship for Manufacturers in the presence and despite Enzo Ferrari.

Only 6 original Cobra Daytonas were manufactured

This car is an exact replica made of aluminium, built by Pekka Nyström in Sweden.

Breitt Gallery bought the car in 2019, it has an FIA passport and is eligible for many historical competitions.