Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe

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Shelby Cobra Daytona

Last week we asked you to your favorite automotive While the answers were (of stellar – Smokey Yunick – we’re a little disappointed no one mentioned the genesis of this Fantasy Garage candidate, the Cobra Daytona Coupe. it is worth mentioning that everything Carol Shelby eventually winds up as someone’s anecdote (let’s just the Shelby GLHS).

For instance, used to place a $100 on the Cobra’s dashboard while the car to potential customers. If a customer reach forward and snatch the before the Cobra could hit 100 he could keep it. No one ever got the

But we’re not here to talk the Cobra.

Actually, we’re here to talk about the as not only is the Daytona Coupe in ways just a rebodied but the only reason the Coupe is to make up for the shortcomings of the Cobra. right? We know, we know.

you us when we tell you that we Shelby Cobras as much as the pistonhead. And, for the umpteenth the inclusion of the Daytona Coupe in our of Jalopnik-style Fantasy does not the roadster from getting in. But for week your attention is to the car that did the impossible; the homely that beat Enzo and his Ferraris at their own game.

In the 60s, Carroll Shelby from a triumphant conquest of Driving for David Brown and Martin, the chicken farmer Texas won Le Mans. No American Patton had been so dominant on the roads. It would take and another Texan named Armstrong to pull off a similar

However, Shelby harbored a he had a bad heart, and was forced to retire the sport he both loved and at in his prime. He mucked about for a hocking tires and opening a school, but his poor heart it. Shelby had to get back to racing.

Here comes the Cobra! story short, Shelby a racecar and his time in Europe him of the superior handling characteristics of British roadsters. He contacted AC in Thames Ditton to inquire the feasibility of stuffing a V8 into independently-suspended, ladder-framed AC Ace.

As it so AC had been using a pre-war straight-6 that Bristol and had nicked from the bombed-out BMW (it was the engine found in the glorious 328 ). By even AC new the engine was a dinosaur and it in favor of the 2.6-liter straight-6 out of the Zephyr. As both fate and would have it, the bulk of the modifications needed to fit the Zephyr into the Ace’s frame, a V8 to fit in the same space. Now all Shelby was an engine.

Shelby-Ford AC Cobra Mk II

He first to Chevrolet and they no because another powerful car would threaten the Corvette’s Shelby then contacted Lee Iacocca to procure an American for his British car. At first was little more than by the lanky Texan, who always to Lido’s office with a big hat and a blond. But then Ford’s realized the Shelby was serious. Two facts you should note

The first is that Iacocca thought up the Mustang yet. The is that Ford desperately to beat Chevrolet in the sports car (so much so that Henry II was in talks with Enzo to buy FoMoCo had just developed a thin-walled aluminum V8 for Canadian

This engine, first in the city with our favorite clubs, Windsor, Ontario, on to be known as the Windsor V8. You may have of it. The version Shelby first got for teh Mk I was the 4.2-liter (260 cubic HiPo V8.


Or not. The test drive snapped the axle off. A stouter 4HU rear end (with inboard was lifted from the Jaguar The heat from the inboard melted the car’s oil seals.

So went outboard. Shelby had a devil of a time figuring out how to the tightly packed engine, resorting to Corvette radiators. And like the Corvette, a veritable of torque in such a lightweight necessitated the use of traverse leaf-springs.

along with wider forced AC to widen the body by flaring the fenders.

Shelby-Ford AC Mk III

The results were epic. to within an inch of its life, the 260 in the Shelby-Ford AC Cobra Mk I stonked up 325 hp and the car to a then unheard of 0-60 mph of 4.2 seconds. The first production were detuned quite a bit and featured shoddy steering to a worm gear setup and a VW Bug and more cooling problems.

fixed all this by equipping the Mk II with a 289 cid engine, revised rack and pinion steering and a grill opening with vents to let the heat out of the engine Now it was time to go racing.

So every I would see a red car coming up, I’d ‘Oh …. Now they are to go by us.’ — Bob Bondurant

The Cobra to be dominant on American racing In 1963 two Cobras finished and second well ahead of Corvette Sting Ray challengers at In fact, the number of racing Shelby’s Cobras racked up is and too silly to fully list

Rest assured, if there was a in the lower 48 during 1963 and a Cobra was the winner, including the 12 Hours of Sebring and USRRC States Road Racing) However, in Europe there was no luck. In 1963 Shelby a couple of Cobras in the GT class Le These cars had bolted on tops to help them better with the longer and higher tops speeds of the circuits.

One car managed to finish in place. Only thing Ferrari finished first sixth. A natural competitor, did not sit well with Shelby. little known to most, had a personal beef with

Seems that at some during Shelby’s European the Italian had snubbed the Texan. likely by not offering Shelby a job as a driver.

Shelby knew he had to do. To reiterate, on the shorter American the Cobras were unbeatable. were faster than the (including the Ferrari GTOs) to the max allowed by the track and handled as well if not better through the The real … for the Cobras at Le was the notorious three-mile Mulsanne

Even with the awkward hard tops in place, the could only hit around 150 The Ferraris? 180 mph. Obviously, was an insurmountable obstacle. Unless you had car entirely.

Perhaps a coupe? is out most favorite automotive

Pete Brock And His Krazy

We knew, plus or minus, [the] capabilities of the Ferrari and we knew we would beat it. I that, if I could get the Daytona Ferrari wouldn’t be in business. — Shelby

Carroll Shelby tasked the 23-year-old Peter Brock designing the new racecar’s slippery metal. Brock had a driver Ken sit in a seat holding a steering and then built the car around him at first duct tape and before having Italy’s Gran Sport build the from aluminum. The result was the looking (to some) Daytona Young Brock had come a theory by a German aerodynamicist Kamm from the 1930s.

It that to achieve the most shape possible you needed to a virtual tail. The body to begin to taper in (like a 30s bodied car, say a Talbot and then you just hacked it Presto, a Kammback!

Shelby so sure. He went as far as bringing in an specialist to examine Brock’s Nein, he said.

The coupe be better off aerodynamically speaking a longer, tapered tail. In a that ranks up there General Groves deciding to both a gun-type and implosion Shelby decided to listen to his pupil and went with the (though these days classic) coupe. The results are the good stuff that don’t teach you in history

While testing the Coupe Jack Sears and Peter hit 185 mph on the M1 in preparation for Le Mans. This Britain to establish national limits. In the 1964 12 Hours of the Coupe outran all the competition it was hobbled by a damaged differential. A cooler was eventually installed.

the Cobra Coupe so totally the rest of the competition that it not recorded the race’s fastest lap but Shelby decided to rename to the car the Daytona. Le Mans was up next.

Once in France on the Mulsanne the Daytonas achieved a v-max of 196 This not only blew the off the competition, but allowed Shelby’s to run and compete with the prototype The Daytona driven by Dan Gurney and Bob finished first in the GT class and overall. In fact, the Daytona wound up lapping a Ferrari Not bad for a car built in a Santa Monica by half a dozen guys pencils and hammers.

Take Enzo, you purple inked Fascist!

While the Daytona on to dominate the 1964 and 1965 GT seasons, the writing was sadly on the wall. In 1964, the year it won Le the fastest lap time was actually set by American driving another product, the all-conquering Ford Phil Hill averaged a lap at 131 mph he and his car were sidelined with a gearbox.

The next year, Ford II scooped up most of best people (Shelby was with the GT40 program the start) and the Cobra racing got its corporate funding yanked so as not to the GT40’s thunder. The six Daytona were (illegally) flown to Los Angeles. Shelby couldn’t sell them as interest had dissipated.

Shockingly, he finally the Daytonas for about $5,000 a

World’s Greatest Barn

There is some comeuppance, It is true that all six cars flown from England to the States, but until 2001 five were thought to The sixth car? No one knew.

a woman named Donna lit herself on fire. In her locked shed, was the missing sixth called CSX2287, that her had purchased years earlier and to her. Undoubtedly the greatest find in the history of car collecting, its is valued at over $4,000,000.

Not bad for an initial investment of about grand.

I’m not a flag by nature, but there are certain and machines that get my blood read, white and blue. The Cobra Daytona Coupe and its history represent such a For those of you who are not American, we ask that you upon this vehicle as the best of what our country has to We can put a man on the moon and beat Enzo at his own game. Hell, on his own playing

We would be doing a grave to not only the beautiful car, but to the of the men who designed and built the Daytona by not an example in our Fantasy Garage. voting.

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