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Tuesday, February 22, 2022

The Shelby Daytona big-block monsters brought back alive only 6 units in 2017

~Shelby Big-block Monster~ In the past, this car was expected by its creator Carroll Shelby to be the ruler of Le Mans, even predicted to be a masterpiece. The car is named the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe which is a refinement of the Shelby Daytona Coupe which was produced only six units in the 1964-1965 period.
The 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe ‘Secret Weapon,’ a legendary racing car was expected by its creator Carroll Shelby to be the ruler of Le Mans. (Picture from: HiConsumption)
Originally, the 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe is an improved version of the six units Shelby Daytona Coupe that had been created and is said to be more powerful. So fierce, the automaker called it as a "Secret Weapon". As we could be seen to its appearance, the latest 1964 car version has a chassis that is made longer because uses a big block engine ie 427 cubic inches, while the old one is only 289 cubic inches.
The 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe ‘Secret Weapon’ has typical appearance with a chassis that is made longer because uses a big block engine ie 427 cubic inches, while the old one is only 289 cubic inches. (Picture from: CarVaganza)
Because it has a larger engine cubication, later this car was also known as the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe 427 with the code CSX2286.Initially, Carol Shelby would be introduced the new version of his racing car to the public at the 1964 24 Hours of Le Mans. But it never happened, because the car was damaged on an accident on the road when it was 'carried' by the towing car to the to the Circuit de la Sarthe, France. 

Some say the story is just a hogwash and it never happened. As quoted of Superpeformance, in reality, the car was never finished. Despite the best efforts of John Ohlsen, one of Shelby’s trusted fabricators, CSX2286 was still missing major components in June 1964 and wasn’t ready to race.
The 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe ‘Secret Weapon’ is made of aluminum, the weight is also very light, which is only 998 kg. (Picture from: SuperPerformance)
Despite the “story,” it was never put on a truck headed for Le Mans. Instead it remained under construction in a dark and dusty corner of Carrozzeria Grand Sport, an Italian body shop in Modena often used by Shelby. In short, incomplete, CSX2286 was finally shipped back to California, where it was returned to its original short wheelbase, small-block configuration.😢
The 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe ‘Secret Weapon’ interior has the fixed bucket seats with narrow-space leg room, and metal dash behind its classic three-spokes wooden-finished steering wheels. (Picture from: HiConsumption)
It was then raced, only once, competing at Le Mans the following year, driven by Gurney and Jerry Grant. Due to clutch trouble it failed to finish. Today, the famous blue Cobra Coupe, one of only six ever built, survives in the collection of Rob Walton, heir to the Walmart fortune.
The 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe ‘Secret Weapon’ is powered by a 427 cubic inch V8 engine capable spewing power up to 550 hp and coupled with a 4-speed manual transmission. (Picture from: HiConsumption)
But, don't worry the replica of the mentioned car has been built only six units by Shelby Legendary Cars in 2017 with a body made entirely of aluminum and of course is powered by a 427 cubic inch V8 engine capable spewing power up to 550 hp and coupled with a 4-speed manual transmission. Due to the body of the Shelby Daytona big-block replica is made of aluminum, the weight is also very light, which is only 998 kg.
The 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe ‘Secret Weapon’ replica is made only six units by Shelby Legendary Cars in 2017. (Picture from: HiConsumption)
According to Lance Stander, CEO of Shelby Legendary Cars, if the real-car worth over $15 millions (or approx Rp 215 billions), the recreation of Shelby’s 1964 big-block-powered Cobra Daytona Coupe built by his company only costs half a million, or exactly $495,000 (approx Rp. 7 billions).😮
The 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe ‘Secret Weapon’ replica featured with typical appearance of Kamm-tail in the back. (Picture from: HiConsumption)
And the first of just six ever built, the 'Secret Weapon' replica was completed in 2018 and given the chassis number CSX2603, making it the first in the CSX2000 Series since the 1960s. It was then quickly sold to Craig Hansen of Des Moines, Iowa.
According to Stander, the owner never drives the car. It lives at Stander’s facility along with several others that belong to him. “The kind of owners that buy these are just buying them for show to look pretty,” Stander says. It's possibly, the car was not comfortable to drive in the roads, due to it's too hot and too small inside. Indeed, it seem crazy for us, to buy an expensive car, but never drove it on the roads.😷 *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SUPERPERFORMANCE | HICONSUMPTION | HOTCARS | IDSWATER ]
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