Mecum will be auctioning off a rare 1 of 6 Shelby Daytona Coupes 1965 (chassis no. CSX2601). A fast history lesson for the people who do not even recognize this amazing legend. So, before Ford took Ferrari on with GT40, Shelby brand went right after the GT class Italians with Shelby Daytona Coupe, Ford-engined. In 1965 and 1964 complete bodies were therefor added to 6 changed drivetrains Shelby Cobra. The upgraded aerodynamics now allows the vehicles to be faster, having a higher maximum speed.
This auto is an infamous CSX2287's sibling — it was quite the 1st prototype for all the other 5 coupe units, set some land record on speed at Bonneville, that's owned by Phil Spector, record producer and went for decades missing. While the CSX2601 does not have a sorted past like the prototype, it clinch the World Manufacturers Championship 1965 title for Shelby brand in GT class, winning in Reims, France on July 4th.
The Daytona Coupe is auctioned on May 16th, Satuday in Indianapolis at Mecum Original Spring Classic Auction. 'Many vintage race cars have a strong American racing history to share - including this vehicle’s sister car CSX 2299 - but no car can claim a finer race hour than the Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe CSX2601' said Dana Mecum, the president at Mecum Auction. 'The legacy of its World Manufacturer’s Championship win stays with us more than four decades later, reminding us of one the proudest moments in U.S. race history and a competitive spirit of victory against all odds'.
'I won a lot of races with this Daytona Cobra Coupe, but when I crossed the finish line at the Reims race track I yelled ’Yes!’ It was a fantastic feeling' shared Bondurant. 'I always wanted to race in Europe against the world’s best drivers. Winning that World Championship was the crowning achievement of my career. I think it’s wonderful that the car is being showcased 40 years later'.
'This car is a true slice of Americana, representing a different time in America’s past when driving a full-blown race car on the roads didn’t turn heads' Mecum added. 'The Daytona was also leased to Paramount Pictures for use in the Howard Hawks cult classic ’Redline 7000’.'
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