The Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe

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The Shelby Daytona Cobra is not just a replica of the legendary championship winning ‘Daytona Coupe’ of 1965. It is a sophisticated high performance GT, the car that would have been built had the designers had the benefits of modern computer aided design, and not been constrained by the short deadlines and tight budgets typical of racing in the 1960s.

Peter Brock designed the original Daytona Coupe body in 1964. In all only six cars were built, each hand made and therefore unique.

In 1996 both designers were reunited by Jim Price of Hi-Tech Automotive in pursuit of a vision. He wanted to create the definitive Daytona Coupe, not by replication but by drawing on history to produce a new modern car, better than the original with spiritual ties to the past.

So given the best resources, not just to recreate their original designs but to take them forward and evolve them, Peter Brock, Bob Negstad and Jim Price developed the Shelby Daytona Cobra - a modern day supercar that transcends its heritage, equally at home on the road as it is on the track.

Standard Equipment

  • A complete factory assembled rolling chassis.
  • Vinylestere and glass composite body.
  • Show quality PPG paint finishes with many standard colours.
  • Fully independent front and rear suspension.
  • Tubular space frame constructed of mild steel.
  • ZF limited slip differential.
  • Bilstein® (Ohlins option) coil over progressive shocks with H&R Springs®.
  • Four-wheel vented disc brakes, power assisted PBR® calipers.
  • Power assisted rack and pinion steering.
  • Aluminium radiator and oil cooler with dual electric fans.
  • Oil cooler and braided lines.
  • 20 gallon stainless steel fuel tank.
  • Custom TFE air conditioning system.
  • 18" deep-dish alloy wheels.
  • Tinted front, side and rear windows.
  • Smiths electronic gauges.
  • Immobilizer system.
  • Black or tan leather and alcantara interior.
  • Eligible for the Shelby American Automobile Club owners registry.
  • Licensed by Carroll Shelby.
  • Designed by original designers Peter Brock and Bob Negstad

Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe MKII:

Formally the Superformance Daytona Coupe the new model incorporates an important number of improvements over the MKI model. As a Shelby American product each car will carry a CSX9000 series chassis number complete with Shelby American issued MSO Certificate and chassis plate. Improvements over the MKI include:

  • Increased clearance between drivers head and shoulders and more seat travel to accommodate the taller driver.
  • External door handles with remote lock.
  • Extra visibility afforded by the replacement of side airscoops with glazed quarter lights.
  • Improved suspension geometry allowing for more traditional deep dish wheels and easier adjustment for camber caster and toe front and rear.
  • Electric window winders.
  • Servo controlled A/C and heater controls.
  • Redesigned roll bars front and rear to eliminate road noise.
  • Chassis stiffened for improved road handling.
  • LSD ZF differential replaces Dana version.
  • Six speed blueprinted T56 Tremec gearboxes (5 speed also available).
  • New design fuel tank incorporating baffles and swirl pot for the injected engines used in the UK.
  • reater choice of engine options with the inclusion of the GM, LS3, LS7 and LS9 engines giving BHP from 437 LS3, to 650+ from the LS3 Supercharged and the LS9.

Here is a video from Superformance in the USA:

Read the AutoCar article for the MK1: Click here