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THE STORY OF THE MISSING DAYTONA COUPE.
Back in 1964 Carol Shelby was tearing up the tracks in the US with his Cobra roadsters, nothing stood a chance. But on the European tracks with longer straights it was a different story. The aerodynamics of the roadster limited its top speed, and the Ferrari’s would hold supreme. In 1965 Shelby was fixated on beating Enzo Ferrari. Because Ferrari were allowed to enter a special version of their road car, it created an opportunity for Mr. Shelby to do the same. Fortunately, Shelby had Pete Brock on his payroll, and Pete had studied aerodynamic texts that the Germans had put together from years of research. Pete also had a great eye for the automotive form, and with the help of the Shelby crew they designed the iconic Cobra Coupe. It was fantastic and the chassis number of the first one was CSX2287. Six were made in all.
The design was so great it allowed Shelby to win against Ferrari, but Ford were fixated on winning LeMans and wanted Shelby to devote his shop to the GT40. This left CSX2287 to get cleaned up and used on the public relations Cobra Caravan. It even spent some time on the Bonneville Salt Flats with Craig Breedlove and Bobby Tatroe, setting 23 international and national speed records.
Then it dissapeared. It would take thirty years to turn up again.
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