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Tom Kirkham
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« on: March 12, 2017, 02:50:11 PM »

On page 396 of the Shelby Registry (4th edition) there is a picture of 4 Daytona Coupes in front of an airplane.  They are identified as CSX2300, CSX2299, CSX2287 and CSX2286.  This identification is mistaken as CSX2287 can safely be picked out with its narrow front cowl section on the far right of the picture.  I think the Coupes should be identified as:  CSX2286, CSX2299, CSX2300, and CSX2287.  CSX2299 and CSX2300 can be can be differentiated by the height of the engine vents.  I am assuming that the 4 pictured coupes had just arrived from Europe and are all lined up for a hero photo. The first car in the line up, has the sharp squared off engine vent of CSX2286 and is missing headlights, driving lights and possibly its radiator. It is also in the same paint scheme as CSX2286 on page 421 of the registry.  I say it is CSX2286.  But what happened to its big power bulge?
Bill Eaton on page 190 of the Daytona Cobra Coupes book states that “…Unfortunately the car never ran and when it was returned to Shelby American from Europe,  I re-cut the chassis and returned it to its original length.”  What is interesting is CSX2286 big power bulge is now missing in the hero picture. It would make sense that the power bulge was removed by Carrozzeria Grandsport since they had the Daytona Coupe body bucks.
Are there any other pictures of CSX2286 in its long wheel base configuration in the US (or Italy)?



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« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2017, 10:40:56 AM »

I'm surprised there haven't been any previous replies.

The airport photo with 4 Daytona coupes is tough to scrutinize. If we could find a larger photo I might be able to confirm the car ID#s you've noted.
One thing I do agree on, is that cowl area proves 2287 is on the far right.

I've only seen the larger hood power bulge on a Daytona Cobra in the Carrozzeria, Italy factory photo.
 

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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2017, 07:02:02 PM »

As that is an old photo that probably came from the Shelby archives, it was likely identified way back when and no one ever questioned the lineup. If the cars were incorrectly numbered then, it's high time the error was corrected.

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