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Detroit High School Students Assemble A 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe

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No, it’s not original.

The 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe pictured above, which was assembled by Detroit high school students as part of a class project, is a replicar made by Factory Five Racing. That hardly makes it any less cool.

The Ford Motor Company Fund, in association with the Detroit Public Schools Community District and Experience Aviation, crafted a unique learning experience for more than 50 high schoolers from the Detroit Public Schools Community District’s Breithaupt Career and Technical Center, which had the students assembling a 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe from 1,000 parts over the course of 18 weeks. The finished car was shown earlier today at Ford’s Dearborn Development Center, featuring a 350-horsepower Ford 306 V8, Ford TK5 manual transmission, and an independent rear suspension.

“Ford is proud to be a part of a collective effort to help Detroit Public School Community District students prepare for careers in STEAM,” says Ford Motor Company Fund Multicultural Manager Shawn Wilson. “Students who are inspired to learn are better prepared to reach their full potential in academics and in life.”

It’s still unclear whether any of the students are being permitted to drive the Shelby Daytona Coupe that they helped assemble, but we think that’d only be fair.

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Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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