What do you do when the racer that you built continues to grow in popularity? Well, if you’re Peter Brock, the designer behind the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, you decide to create continuation versions. One of those versions, a pristine 2013 model, is up for sale at RM Sotheby’s.
The idea of a continuation series is to stay as period-correct as possible to the original. In this case, the original is the 1964 racer that has captivated racing fans for generations—and for good reason. Not only did the car have stylish looks, but between 1964 and 1965 Shelby built six Cobra Daytonas with the goal of beating Ferrari in international sports car competition. The Daytona was a championship-calibre car, claiming wins at Le Mans, Sebring, and Daytona. The 2013 version is part of the CSX9000 continuation series and keeps the leaf spring suspension system as well as its tube chassis and the wood-rimmed steering wheel. This modern version benefits from a lightweight construction that is accomplished by using aluminium for the bodywork.
Not everything stayed true to the original, though, and that meant that upgrades were employed, especially when it comes to safety and performance. The interior is decked out in black leather upholstery. The frame was also strengthened and the disc brakes were updated. Power windows and air conditioning were also added in. The engine is a new 427 cubic inch Ford V8 from Roush Performance capable of 550 horsepower and almost 600 lb-ft of torque. The coupe is finished in black with a silver Le Mans racing stripe.
With only 740 miles on the odometer, this 2013 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe really is in pristine shape. The new owner lucked out; the car was expected to go for between $130,000 and $160,000. The new owner wound up picking up the racer for just $110,000.