1964 Shelby Daytona Cobra


There were only six Shelby Daytona Cobras ever produced by Carroll Shelby in 1964 and 1965. He designed the Daytona Cobra to take on Ferrari in the FIA GT class. Shelby was the first American manufacturer to win the FIA World Sportscar Championship with the Daytona Cobra in 1965. In his later years Shelby again wanted to build some Daytona Cobras for a team he was putting together for vintage racing events. He called upon Mike McCluskey to build the cars for him. These cars are fully compliant with the original specifications, the Shelby Registry confirming that “the continuation coupes are exact in their construction, right down to the number of rivets used”. McCluskey built 21 complete cars in all. The last McCluskey-built 1964 Shelby Daytona Cobra is the one you see pictured here. Unlike many of the replicas you can buy these McCluskey built Daytona Cobras were built with aluminum body and chassis identical to the originals. This 1964 Shelby Daytona Cobra is CSX-2605 and was sanctioned by Carroll Shelby himself. Want to know what it feels like to drive the legendary Daytona Cobra Coupe? Here is one you won’t have to pay $5 million dollars to find out.

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