The Daytona Coupe was designed in 1964 by Peter Brock while he was working at Shelby American in Los Angeles. He and Shelby’s crew employed the frame of a damaged 289 Cobra roadster as a base. Cobra roadsters had run out of “top end” on the long tracks and a new aerodynamic body was needed to increase the competitiveness of Shelby’s team. The benefits of the new body were realized at Riverside when it beat the previous lap times on its first running—hitting over 180 mph [over 290 km/hr.] in the back straight. In 1965 the Coupe led the Cobra teams in capturing the FIA* World Manufacturers Championship—wresting the cup from Ferrari for the first time in over a decade.
Only six original Coupes were built; each of those six originals is accounted for today in (very) exlusive private collections.
In 1980 Contemporary Classic Motor Car Company (of Mamaroneck, New York) created a mold from CSX2602 [the famed Filipinetti Coupe—production car#5… perhaps best remembered as the (Swiss national colours) red & white #59 Coupe] and created one of the first—and quite faithful—replicas of this world classic. It boasts the original 90″ wheelbase with round-tube frame, and is as close to an original body shape as is possible. It is thought that only 3 to 4 were built by Contemporary before selling all molds and jigs to (the late) Bill Connelly/Upstate Super Replicars (upstate New York, in Albany).
This is #7 of 8 out of the Upstate run prior to the tooling being sold to Lesher Motorsports in Salinas, California. In total there are about 15 of this exacting replica in existence.
*For the inquisitive: FIA stands for Federation Internationale de l’Automobile. Headquartered at 8 Place de la Concorde, Paris, the FIA consists of 213 national member organisations in 125 countries worldwide. Its current president is Jean Todt. To the general public, the FIA is best known as the governing body for many auto racing events.
—Under the Engine Deck—
This Ford Cleveland thruster is outfitted with:
Note that this (above shot#3) and below (shot#4) evidence the brand-new (see-through) air cleaner as well as the header wrap and the custom-made aluminum plate heat shield beneath the brake reservoirs. I decided to install all these items after I commenced shooting my engine compartment. This car never lacks for personal attention…
You can see the new air cleaner in this photo as well.
Appropriately red filter cartridge, of course!
Steering wheel (removed)/instrument panel shot
This view of the passenger side of the cockpit with side window installed
Click on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.
The passenger compartment through the rear hatch.
—Chassis, Suspension, Brakes—
front suspension & brakes:
rear suspension & brakes:
The easily-accessible fuse panel.
This is a spare tire/rear deck shot. The aluminum work on this Coupe is nothing short of spectacular!
‘Dan Gurney for President‘ shot.
Serious inquiries only, please!
Thanks for your site’s great Photography Tips: my gorgeous red Coupe is now on its way to a motorcar stable in Japan. Dave