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50th Anniversary Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe

"The Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe helped a small American team beat a racing giant," says Joe Conway, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Shelby American. "The tenacious Shelby American team fielded six sleek Cobra Coupes against the Ferrari juggernaut, winning the FIA Sports Car Championship on July 4, 1965. That is still the only time that an American team has captured the crown. To celebrate that achievement, we're launching a limited series of anniversary cars that bring the legendary Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe back to life."

With only six original Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupes built, the racecar became one of the most coveted vehicles in the world. Worth millions of dollars each, ownership of one is almost impossible.
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50th Anniversary Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of their FIA World Championship, Shelby American will offer a limited series of continuation Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupes. Only 50 cars, available in either aluminum or fiberglass, will be built.

The car you see above is aluminum. The price of the base aluminum Shelby Daytona Coupe, not including drivetrain, is $349,995. Engine packages are available separately.

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50th Anniversary Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe

"After the success of our 50th anniversary edition Shelby Cobra big block roadster program, we were bombarded with requests to offer a limited edition Daytona Coupe that celebrated this important milestone," said Keith Belair, Shelby American Chief Operating Officer. "We spent the last year carefully planning an aluminum car that is faithful to the six built during the 1960s. In addition, we developed an anniversary edition fiberglass version that is true to the spirit of the Coupe, but reimagined as if it had remained in production over the years."

The example you see above, in blue, is fiberglass. 

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Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe 50th Anniversary Badge

A combination of the 50 total specially badged anniversary Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupes will be built. This is the first time that Shelby has offered an aluminum continuation Daytona Coupe.

Each aluminum Coupe (serial numbers CSX9950–CSX9999) incorporates safety and performance improvements without sacrificing integrity, as they were built from original blueprints and measurements. Since each original competition car was slightly different, Shelby American chose one specification for the continuation cars that best represents all of the Coupes.

From the leaf spring suspension and tube chassis to the wooden rimmed steering wheel, the cars are period correct. While a variety of exterior colors is available, each will come equipped with a premium black leather interior, special badging, modern disc brakes and a stronger frame.
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In this archival shot, actor Steve McQueen, left, and racer Carroll Shelby stand by McQueen's Ford-Cobra roadster, June 28, 1963, in Los Angeles.

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