The Shelby Daytona Coupe is an incredibly special and undoubtedly rare machine, a car designed to improve upon the aerodynamics of the Shelby Cobra. The results, as one might imagine, were impressive – the Shelby Daytona Coupe managed to finished second in the GTIII class of the 1964 FIA World Sportscar Championship and take first place just a year later, though its time in the spotlight was brief. Just six of these special machines were built in total, but Factory Five does make replicas, and YouTuber Emelia Hartford just managed to get her hands on one of them that has sat untouched for some time.
After sitting in the previous owner’s yard for five years, the Shelby Daytona Coupe replica is obviously in need of a good scrub, as well as some new tires. However, the bones are certainly there – the car has Wilwood disc brakes at all four corners, a clean interior with black racing buckets and harnesses, a roll cage, a carbon fiber dash, and plenty of other good stuff present and accounted for.
That includes the car’s powerplant, which was originally a 302 V8, but has since been replaced with a punched-out 347 cubic-inch motor with Edebrock fuel injection and heads, though Hartford doesn’t know much about it. The car is also missing a transmission, but she has already purchased a TKX five-speed manual to back up the built V8, which should make for a potent combination given the fact that this car doesn’t weigh much to begin with.
After getting the gearbox in place, the car actually fires right up, and it sounds simply amazing. There’s still some fine tuning to be done to ensure that everything is running properly, but Hartford plans on racking on some miles on her latest acquisition very soon – and we certainly can’t blame her for begin excited about that.
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