If you’ve got your heart set on one day owning an original 1960s Shelby Daytona coupe, you may be out of luck; the car’s utter rarity routinely means a price tag well into seven-digit territory.
However, a handful of companies produce replicas of the Shelby Daytona nearly-indistinguishable from the real thing, with one such car recently being offered for sale by RK Motors out of Charlotte, North Carolina. Its asking price is a much more reasonable $169,900.
Closely copying the appearance and spirit of the 1965 Shelby Daytona, this replica eschews the car’s Ford-powered tradition by employing a Mast Motorsports 416 Black Label S/C engine – essentially a 6.8-liter General Motors LS3 V8 with a Whipple supercharger – churning out an astonishing 820 horsepower and 713 lb-ft of torque. This very example was shown at the 2014 SEMA show in Las Vegas, with a chassis, fully-independent suspension, and composite body all coming from Factory Five Racing.
Other notable components include a Bowler/Tremec T56 Magnum 6-speed manual transmission, an 8.8-inch rear axle with a WaveTrac differential and 4.10 gears, traction control from Davis Technologies, Unisteer Performance power rack-and-pinion steering, Wilwood brakes (6-piston front, 4-piston rear), and glossy, luscious Ferrari Red exterior paint with Graphite racing stripes. If that power steering and traction control don’t represent quite enough civility for you, this Shelby Daytona replica also features a custom leather interior with GPS navigation and a modern audio system.
You may never own an original, 1960s Shelby Daytona coupe, but for just under $170k, this Factory Five Racing replica is a stellar consolation prize.
For more photos and info, check out the original listing at the RK Motors website.