1965 DAYTONA COUPE REPLICA
The Daytona Coupe was designed in 1964 by Peter Brock while he was working at Shelby American in Los Angeles. He and Shelby’s crew employed the frame of a damaged 289 Cobra roadster as a base. Cobra roadsters had run out of “top end” on the long tracks and a new aerodynamic body was needed to increase the competitiveness of Shelby’s team. The benefits of the new body were realized at Riverside when it beat the previous lap times on its first running—hitting over 180 mph [over 290 km/hr.] in the back straight. In 1965 the Coupe led the Cobra teams in capturing the FIA World Manufacturers Championship—wresting the cup from Ferrari for the first time in over a decade.
Only six original Coupes were built; each of those six originals is accounted for today in (very) exclusive private collections.
—Under the Engine Deck--