Only six Shelby Daytona Coupes were made between 1964 and 1965, they had but one purpose to take on the era’s all conquering Ferrari endurance racers at the 24 Hours Le Mans. Carrol Shelby with his AC Cobra based Daytona Coupes won the 1965 World Sporstcar Championship, the first American constructor to do so.
Because of the rarity of the Daytona and because modern day endurance racers are built for speed you don’t get beautiful looking sportscars anymore. That potent combination in addition to the Shelby race history means the original spec Daytona Coupe has an asking price of £4.4 million ($7m) if one were ever to go on sale.
However the late Carroll Shelby’s group of company’s is resurrecting the Daytona Coupe to mark the 50th anniversary of the company’s 1965 World Championship sportscar constructors title.
Shelby American Inc will be building 50 Daytona Coupes, customers will have a choice of specifying whether the body is built out of fiber-glass or aluminium. The fiber-glass bodied version will cost circa $180k whereas the aluminum version will cost $350k.
That’s a lot of money to pay for a reproduction but Shelby American insist that the 50 commemorative Daytona Coupes will be historically accurate although the brakes and chassis will be compliant to current automotive standards.
The interior will most likely be more luxurious than the race car spec but a wooden framed steering wheel as per original will be kept. In the keeping true to the original Shelby American will keep to the leaf spring suspension setup and tube frame construction.
The fiber-glass versions will be more modernised all round although all 50 examples will be built as kit cars, Shelby American will provide the all aluminium V8 which they say is historically accurate to the original.
All in all thats a very expensive looking kit car.