The Cobra Roadster’s success was none other than outstanding, however Enzo Ferrari would soon put a stop to it when the 250GTO began to compete. Using the same technique as Ferrari, the Cobra’s new body was aerodynamically modernized and proved to be a masterpiece. On its first test in February, 1964 the Coupe knocked 3.5 seconds off the 289 Roadsters Riverside lap record. The Coupe went on to win its class at Le Mans in its debut year of racing, and looked certain to gain the GT World Championship, until a surprise cancellation of the final round at Monza conveniently handed Ferrari the overall win. In 1965 with Ferrari announcing their withdrawal from the GT racing scene, the Cobra Coupe swept the board, providing Ford with the first World Championship for an American manufacturer.
The first Shelby American Daytona Coupe was built at the Shelby American race shop in Venice, California. The remaining five were built at Carrozzeria Gransport (Italian for "Grand Sport Coachbuilders") in Modena, Italy. These cars have over the years, given their rarity, success and beauty, have become amongst the most valuable cars in the world. An original car is worth tens of millions of dollars!
In recent years a small batch of faithful recreation chassis and bodies were constructed in Europe. It is thought that approximately 15 shells were produced before production ceased in 2016. Built using accurate drawings taken from an original car at restoration the cars can be built up to full HTP specification and utilised for historic racing the world over at events such as the Spa six hours, Masters Gentleman Drivers and the Goodwood Members Meeting.
This example was built by Jordan Racing Team (JRT) as a front running example as its history below demonstrates. With just two hours on both the engine and gearbox since a full rebuild ahead of Silverstone Classic in August, this example will be re-prepared to race ahead of delivery. Accompanied by its HTP papers, valid until 2031, this example is resplendent in the iconic livery as worn by the original factory cars. This example is ready to race, available to view by appointment immediately.
2nd May 2021 - Motor Racing Legends - Donington - Pall Mall Cup
Qualifying - 1st. Race Result - 2nd Overall & 1st in class
29th May 2021 - Masters Brands Hatch Gentleman Drivers
Qualifying - 5th. Race Result - 30th overall 13th in class
15-18th July - Masters F1 support - Silverstone Gentleman drivers
Qualifying - 10th. Race Result - Race 1 10th, Race 2 9th
30th july 2021 - Masters - Silverstone Classic International Trophy
Qualifying - 1st. Race Result - 3rd Overall
2nd October 2021 - Masters Spa Gentleman Drivers
Qualifying - 1st. Race Result - 1st
31st October 2021 - Motor racing legends Silverstone - Pall Mall Cup
Qualifying - 4th. Race Result - 3rd
16th April 2022 - Masters Donington - Gentleman Drivers
Qualifying - 1st. Race Result - 5th
1st May 2022 - Motor racing legends Donington - Pall Mall Cup
Qualifying - 2nd in class. Race Result - 3rd
14th May 2022 - Masters Silverstone - Gentleman Drivers
Qualifying - 5th. Race Result - 6th
28th May 2022 - Masters Brands Hatch - Gentleman Drivers
Qualifying - 1st. Race Result - DNF, winning by 20 seconds before puncture, 5 mins from the end.
27th August 2022 - Masters Silverstone Classic - International Trophy
Qualifying - 8th. Race Result - 10th in class