The Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe is one of those classic cars that has managed to stand the test of time, likely due in part to both its racing success, helping the charismatic Carroll Shelby defeat Ferrari with Ford-powered Anglo-American machines of his company's own design, and its stunning good looks. And, while Shelby is the name history recalls most fondly, the man behind the Daytona Coupe's slippery bodywork was Pete Brock, who had previously drawn up the design of the seminal Corvette Sting Ray for General Motors.

Fast forward some 50 years from that original Shelby Coupe, and Pete Brock once again drew up designs for a series of coupes that bear a striking resemblance to those few iconic racing cars from the '60s, this time for a small specialty automotive company called Superformance. The SPF Brock Coupe, as it was known, was a rethought version of the Shelby Daytona Coupe that took advantage of modern technology to bring the former race car into the next century.

The car you see above started life as one of these Superformance Brock Coupes, originally built in 1999. It was later taken apart and rebuilt by its owner to his specifications, and while we're not too keen on the wide fender flares, the rest of his modifications, tweaks and choices make for an excellently unique machine. Watch Jay Leno take this Daytona for a spin in the video below.


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      Russell Ford
      • 10 Months Ago
      'Suuuee You!!!! SUUUUUUUUUUEEEE YOOOOOOU!!!!!' - Ghost of Caroll Shelby
        montegod7ss
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Russell Ford
        Superformance builds replicas, not kits. Shelby and Ford tried, but lost in both cases in court. If you want something that just looks like a Shelby Cobra then get a Factory Five, but if you want one that actually is a modern built replica then Superformance cars are amazing. I've been in one that put 700hp to the wheels with a 598ci BBF, and it was brisk for sure.
          Aaron N
          • 10 Months Ago
          @montegod7ss
          SuPerformance builds replicas that go straight into the Shelby Registry. SuPerformance sells their cars through Shelby American, as well as their GT40 and Cobra replicas.
      New Shel
      • 10 Months Ago
      The original Daytona coupe is homely. There, I said it. People think it's beautiful because journalists keep saying how beautiful it is. It's a lump, meant to improve on the hideous aerodynamics of the open-top Cobra. Few high-performance cars are uglier.
        ngiotta
        • 10 Months Ago
        @New Shel
        You're blind. There, I said it. The original Daytona coupe is gorgeous. This thing on the other hand.... not so much.
        Aaron N
        • 10 Months Ago
        @New Shel
        People think it's beautiful because they think it's beautiful. You do realize that people can generate their own opinion on something without anybody having any influence from outside sources, right?
        pwr2lbs
        • 10 Months Ago
        @New Shel
        Slap yourself!!!
      prettypnoyboi69
      • 10 Months Ago
      Wheels are a tad too big and fender flares look out of place on an otherwise solid car.
      EZen
      • 10 Months Ago
      Much prefer the Factory Five Type 65 Coupe to this. Looks better in every way, especially with those horribly tacked on fender flares.
        Brian
        • 10 Months Ago
        @EZen
        FFR Cobra....some day...some day....
        domingorobusto
        • 10 Months Ago
        @EZen
        I feel like Superformance did a better job with the back of the roof. The FFR coupe is kind of oddly flattened out in the back. But I do like the Type 65's nose better.
          EZen
          • 10 Months Ago
          @domingorobusto
          Superformance makes a fine Daytona Coupe but it's also twice the price of the FFR Type 65. Unfortunately, my dreams were shattered when I sat in a half-completed Type 65 and realized there was no way in hell I could own one. I couldn't even get my feet on the pedals. Now I'm looking very seriously at the 818R or 818S which hasn't gotten ANY coverage on this site. The Caterham track day car and tons of other track day cars from nowhere have been given articles but not the cheapest, most potent track day car you can build right now from an American company!
      • 10 Months Ago
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      Nathan
      • 10 Months Ago
      Those fenders flares are ugly because they are out of scale to the rest of the car.
      Butch Roberts
      • 10 Months Ago
      Totally agree about the fender flares... on a fiberglass car they could have been way better integrated. The wheels are fine, but could be closer to period design. Otherwise, super well done car, that's not quite true to the original in a good way, making it a compliant driver for modern roads, compared to the way more raw and beastly performance of the original car. The Cobra Daytona Coupe will always be a standout car... it is what it is, a period attempt to make the original Cobra even more competitive. If you don't like the Cobra Coupe, you probably missed road racing back in the 60s. It was very cool and I was very fortunate to live close to Watkins Glenn back then.
      Jake
      • 10 Months Ago
      And Australia's most well known racing driver died while driving a replica Daytona coupe in 2006. His name: Peter Brock Coincidence????????
      fpb300
      • 10 Months Ago
      I don't know if McCluskey Ltd. still makes aluminum bodied Daytonas.
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