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 here 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 car was built over a two year period by a very well-known Cobra expert and preparer of many front running cars. It is built to the very highest specification (available upon request) and is accompanied by valid HTP papers. This example is ready to be raced and is a front running car having finished second overall at the Goodwood Members Meeting in 2016 with a fastest lap time of under 1 minute 25 seconds.