Carroll Shelby’s Personal Cobra-Turned-Daytona Racer Could Be Yours

Mar 3, 2021

Category: Rides

Back in 1963, Carroll Shelby commissioned Peter Brock to design a car that could take down Ferrari’s class-dominating 250 GTO. What resulted was the Cobra Daytona Coupe, a stream-lined, hard-topped version of the venerable Cobra roadster. In addition to boasting some incredible race wins (including the 24 Hours of Daytona, the Nürburgring 1000km, and even America’s first-ever World Sportscar Championship), it’s also since taken on legendary status for its incredibly low production count, with only six examples ever completed.

While the car you see before you isn’t one of the original Daytonas, it was owned and driven by Carroll Shelby himself and started out as a Cobra roadster before undergoing a factory McCluskey body conversion. And that’s not all — it also boasts some pretty significant racing pedigree, with wins at Laguna Seca and Goodwood as well as a driver count that includes the likes of Phil Hill, Derek Hill, Derek Bell, John Morton, and Brian Redman. Complete with a matching-numbers 4.7L Ford Big-Block V8 under the hood and an Oregon title showing its Shelby Enterprises owner history, this is quite a rare gem indeed. Although no pricing has been announced, it should easily fetch six figures.

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