The Shelby continuation car experts at Superformance have designed two special, limited-edition models to pay homage to legendary former racing driver Bob Bondurant. Both Bondurant Edition cars are based on the exact Shelby cars that Bondurant raced during the 1960s – one an FIA Shelby Cobra roadster based on chassis CSX2345, and the other a Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe.
It was the Shelby Daytona Coupe that enabled one of Bondurant’s greatest accomplishments as a racing driver: securing the FIA GT Championship for Ford and Shelby in 1965, having won seven out of the ten races that season.
“I’m very proud to have been behind the wheel when we won the FIA World Championship on July 4, 1965,” Bob Bondurant says. “That victory was for everyone in America. I loved driving any version of the Shelby Cobra, from taking a roadster up a tough hill climb to hitting close to 200 mph in a Coupe on one of the high-speed tracks. The Shelby American team was incredible as they made the Shelby Cobra a dominating racecar.”
Both Bondurant Edition cars will arrive as turnkey race cars – minus the engine and transmission – with official CSX2000 serial numbers. The FIA Shelby Cobra roadster will be available with a body made of either fiberglass ($149,995) or aluminum ($249,995), while the more expensive Shelby Daytona Coupe will be available only with an aluminum body ($394,995). The Daytona will leave the factory wearing a recreation of Bondurant’s No. 26 livery, with the customer’s choice of either the 1964 (Viking) or 1965 (Guardsman) blue team colors. The Cobra can be optioned in either the No. 3 livery worn by CSX2345 when it won at the 1964 Grand Prix de Spa, or the No. 21 livery it wore when it drove in the 1965 Rossfeld Mountain Hill Climb.
The new Bondurant Edition program will officially be announced on January 18th, at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. A total of just 50 Bondurant Edition Shelby Cobra roadsters and Shelby Daytona Coupes will be built.