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« on: September 07, 2017, 11:06:30 AM »

http://www.fantasyjunction.com/cars/2025-Shelby-Daytona%20Coupe%20Recreation-347%20c.i.%20Ford%20V8



1964 Shelby Daytona Coupe Recreation
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Guardsman Blue with Wimbleton White stripes

One of the most remarkable cars ever assembled, the Shelby Daytona Coupe rightfully takes its place at the pinnacle of the Cobra legacy. Carroll Shelby’s passion to beat Ferrari at Le Mans came with the realization that the most powerful Cobra roadster lacked the body design to achieve 180+ mph along the Mulsanne straightaway, making it incapable of competing against the formidable Ferrari GTO. Undaunted by the challenge and eager to meet the coming season, young Peter Brock and the Shelby team set about designing an all new aerodynamic body over the roadster chassis. The genius of the Brock design resided primarily in the truncated tail, adapted from Brock’s interest in the 1930s German aerodynamicist Dr. Kamm, who developed the Kamm Tail. With little time to spare, Brock built an intuitively shaped body, capturing both aerodynamic functionality and brutal beauty in a way no other car had done before. Uniquely American in construction and design, the car hit the racetrack proving over and over again with GT class wins in 1964 and 1965 at Sebring, Le Mans, capturing the World Sportscar Championship in 1965 and setting no less than 25 land speed records at Bonneville. The Daytona Coupe was not only a winner in period, it remains today an iconic reminder of the sheer grit, raw talent, and tenacity that would come to exemplify the last vestiges of this great racing period. Just six Cobra Daytonas were constructed in period, in part due to lacking budgets, but more critically, at the peak of the Daytona success, the Shelby team was called upon to focus on the GT40 racing efforts, leaving any future Daytona development behind. Today, the six period-constructed Daytonas are regarded as top-tier collector cars, exemplifying the finest qualities one would find in great racecars of this era. 

This stunning example embodies the finest in automotive craftsmanship, attention to detail, and authenticity. The current and only owner of this car began this project with the goal of building the finest recreation Daytona in existence. The chassis and body were built expert European aircraft fabrication specialists who worked with measurements and hundreds of photos from an original Daytona to hand roll and form the all-aluminum body. The team referenced several original drawings and blueprints, spending more than 3000 hours fabricating the hand formed aluminum body over an accurately built frame. At the outset of the project, the owner contacted the original designer Peter Brock who became interested and involved, offering his suggestions and insights on details and fabrication while the project developed. With the frame and body completed, Nick Acton was called upon, spending two years completing the final build and assembly. The car was most closely patterned after CSX 2300, transferring specific details to this unique car. 

Working with period constraints but still building a reliable performance motor, the owner decided to use a 289/302 Dart Block, stroked to 347. The resulting dyno-tests revealed a commanding 526hp, breathing through correct Italian 48 IDA Webers, using original specification center linkage, fuel log, and of course, the correctly constructed and infamous turkey pan surround. Engine accessories include correct 289 Daytona vented valve covers, a correct date coded alternator, correctly plumbed oil cooler and lines using ex-aircraft fittings, period correct hoses, proper hardware and finishes. An original Borg Warner FIA T10 close ratio gearbox was rebuilt with cross-cut polished gears by Mike Miles, who also utilized the correct 289 Galaxie tail shaft. An original aluminum Shelby independent differential with 3:31 gearing was installed along with a McCloud racing clutch. Further exacting details include the Mocal electric pump differential cooler (improving cooling when the car is at idle and at speed). The accurately constructed frame uses original diameter tubing with correct front and rear uprights per the original 289 racing chassis. Renowned Cobra expert Mike McCluskey pre-assembled the front and rear transverse race-specification leaf spring suspension with tapered bearings (rear with 427 bearings) and adjustable lower control arms as originally built. Of course, Koni adjustable shocks were installed at the front and rear of the car. During the two-year long body fabrication, the owner embarked on a social media campaign to obtain as many NOS original interior, mechanical, and trim parts to make the car as original as possible. Parts came from all over the world, as enthusiasts sacrificed their hidden NOS treasures in order to participate in the assemblage of this unprecedented car.

Continuing the build specifications, original Girling calipers with correct solid rotors were sourced and restored or rebuilt as needed to absolutely original specifications and installed. Hand-formed functional brake cooling vents (front and rear) with additional functional brake ducting were constructed for cooling the calipers and discs as originally intended. A correct pair of SW 240-A fuel pumps were sourced and installed, supplying fuel from a hand formed 30-gallon fuel tank. The exceptional level of detail and fabrication included sourcing absolutely original Cutler and Hammond radium-tipped aircraft switches and period hardware, including hand-painted switch lettering in the correct ivory color. Original style Stewart Warner instruments were installed and an original NOS speedometer and tachometer were both located and installed in the phenomenal dashboard which not only displays original details, but all interior panels have been powder coated for durability and consistent presentation. Further details included sourcing of all original Lucas lighting, bulbs, and careful planning to cool the car using an aluminum radiator with concealed high-speed automatic cooling fans inside the hand-formed aluminum cooling shroud. Rounding out the presentation, the car was finished in original Guardsman Blue with Wimbleton White stripes, period correct racing livery, and Halibrand aluminum racing wheels with period correct knock-offs. Upon completion of the car in 2015, the Daytona Club of Los Angeles debuted this amazing Daytona where Peter Brock and driver Allen Grant (World Championship driver, 1964) both were present to sign the car and share their enthusiasm for this unprecedented homage to one of the greatest racecars ever built. 

Today with fewer than 100 miles logged since completion, the car is best described as essentially new in every respect. The paint and body are remarkable in finish and construction. Details are not only expertly and authentically fabricated, they are impeccably finished to a high luster, where appropriate, and properly treated for longevity and road use, including special treatment to the inner wheel-wells to prevent aluminum starring. The windshield is handmade glass with virtually no marks or road chips. Side and rear windows are polished plexiglass with excellent clarity. Throughout the exterior, original details delight including Lucas headlights and proper lenses, original fog lamps, correct bonnet latches, an original fuel cap, and proper A pillar trim. Fit and finish on the exterior far surpasses original racecar construction with exquisite results befitting a car of this stature. 

The interior is finished as originally intended with leather seats and typical correct seat belts, rear package tray spare tire with leather tie-down straps, and an accurate array of switches and instruments. Under the hood, details and historic delights continue with beautifully finished components, gloriously trumpeting Weber air horns, and white coated headers emptying out through side pipes flanking both sides of the rolled rocker panels. The beautifully constructed and functional aluminum intake tub is accented by correct air duct hosing trailing to cool the brakes, with a splash of Koni orange peeking though the satin black suspension architecture. The undercarriage has been properly constructed with complete belly pan panels including the rare rear end cooling spoiler, further evidence that no detail of original construction has escaped the build of this exceptional car. 

The car starts easily, exploding into a sonic fury that only a great American high performance V8 engine can deliver. The interior resonates with decades of racing victories, and all this, without yet having engaged first gear. Press the sculpted AC clutch pedal, engage the legendary T10, and get ready for the ride of a lifetime. Join the company of Gurney, Bondurant, Hill, Amon, and McDonald, as you depress the gas pedal and experience acceleration, cornering, and braking in keeping with some of the best-engineered racecars of the day. Every aspect of this exceptional car is prepared and refined for road use or vintage tours and certainly would be at home on the most critical show field. This impeccable Daytona has been California CHP inspected and certified with California “special construction” title and up to date registration, making it fully road legal. A period correct 289 engine (short block), copious documentation, photos, and detailed notations surrounding the build are included with the car. 

Beautifully built by a Who’s Who of Cobra experts following the most stringent guidelines surrounding original examples, this essentially new Daytona is ready for a dedicated enthusiast to bravely take the wheel of one of the greatest and most exciting sports cars to ever grace the racetrack. Boasting a pedigree of great designers, builders, and premier racecar drivers, the Daytona continues to stand as the icon of performance from arguably one of the most exciting times in modern racing. With original examples valued in the tens of millions of dollars (and nearly all sequestered to museum status) this stunning Daytona is a superb and ready example, eagerly awaiting the open road or track and ready to reward the driving ambitions of the fortunate new owner. 

Please note this car is titled in California as a Special Construction automobile with the model year shown as "0000".

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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2017, 12:32:27 PM »

Just curious......... Every Vehicle I have ever driven so far, the Gas, Clutch & Brake Peddles have hung down from the Dash.  Is there a distinct difference in feel, pressure, response to Peddles that come UP thru the Floor?

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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2017, 01:14:20 PM »

As the ad states, this recreation is authentic and exact, right down to the 289/302 Dart Block, roll bar, and seat belts.   PeelOut

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« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2017, 03:53:20 PM »

That's a fantasy alright.....

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« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2017, 04:17:16 PM »

Hey, but it is only $345,000.  And you don't have to go to an auction to get it! 

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« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2017, 10:57:05 PM »

I didn't know that SAI won the championship in 1964, who proof reads this stuff?! I won't even get into the errors in the build or the descriptions of the build, both real or otherwise. It is a very pretty car though.

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« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2017, 02:24:39 AM »

Does anyone remember seeing it at SAAC 40?  It's hard not to be drawn to this car if your a member of this forum.  How does the $345k price tag compare to other Daytona recreations?

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« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2017, 10:00:31 AM »

Does anyone remember seeing it at SAAC 40?  It's hard not to be drawn to this car if your a member of this forum.  How does the $345k price tag compare to other Daytona recreations?

I saw that dash sig too. I didn't recall seeing that one at Pocono SAAC 40. The strange thing is, I took well over a hundred photos and it's not even in the background of any of them. Where ever it was, it wasn't out in the wide open during my 2 days there.  Huh?

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« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2017, 10:14:59 AM »

Being what it is, an aluminum bodied replica of a coup I would think that it's pricing should be close to a Kirkham coup. The major drawback to me would be the fact that it does not have a "CSX" vin number attached to it where the McCluskey and Shelby Continuation Series do. The seller is going to have a hard time moving this car to Europe based on the registration and titling, although the ad did not mention what it was titled as other than "0000" and having a California VIN. I believe the value of this particular car is being hyped by the originality of this cars components  compared to one of the 1960s versions. Some details that the ad points out as being "original" to the 1960s version are incorrect, for example the speedometer and the fuel pumps, neither are correct. The original coups used a street 289 Cobra Stewart Warner speedometer the one in the ad is a retail over the counter speed shop part. The original coups used a Bendix type fuel pumps not the Stewart Warner 240A pumps. There are many more details to correct. Everything that is not correct can be corrected without to much effort but it is not what the ad is describing it as.

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« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2017, 12:26:43 PM »

How does the $345k price tag compare to other Daytona recreations?

They are readily available and don't get me started on how they vary in the build quality or how they drive if you track them.

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« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2017, 12:27:58 PM »

Oh,....and the price is rediculous but I think you know that.

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