A 1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe that was owned by Carroll Shelby is being offered for sale by Worldwide Auctioneers in Auburn, Indiana.
The Daytona Coupe, was purchased by the current owner from Shelby himself. The car has notched up a number of vintage-racing victories, including Laguna Seca and Goodwood.
This Daytona has Shelby among a number of champion race drivers who have been behind its steering wheel: Phil Hill, Derek Hill, Derek Bell, Danny Sullivan, John Morton and Brian Redman to name a few more.
The iconic Daytona Coupe was originally designed by Peter Brock for the Shelby/Ford racing team to compete in 1964 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The highly aerodynamic body was designed to raise top speed for the Cobras, a design that was mocked by some on the Shelby team who thought the back end looked too weird, until it proved its worth on the track in endurance competition. Experts eh!
Cobras that once belonged to Carroll Shelby have been in the news recently. A 1965 Cobra 427 roadster that he owned from new until his death in 2012, sold for an eye-watering $6.0 million in January.
For the ultra-purists among you, this Cobra Daytona is not from the first batch of six coupes that beat Ferrari at Le Mans in the GT class. However, that aside, it is an original Daytona coupe built in period for Shelby’s personal ownership, and with a history of vintage-racing victories at the hands of champion drivers, who knows where the final price will finish for the ‘priceless’ car.
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