What is billed as Carroll Daytony’s personal Daytona Coupe is up for sale. Known as chassis number CSX 2469, it shares a body with the famous Shelby racing cars that won numerous races around the globe in the mid-1960s.
The Shelby Daytona was a further development of the Shelby Cobra Roadster, which was developed for use in the GT classes in some of the toughest endurance races in the world. With a streamlined design penned by a young Peter Brock and a Ford V8 under the hood, it won its category in prestigious races such as the Le Mans 24 Hours, the Sebring 12 Hours, the 1000km Nürburgring and the eponymous Event, the 24 Hours of Daytona (for a story by Shelby, the documentary Shelby American on Netflix is a very good time).
Several Shelby-owned cars have been put up for sale in the past few months, including a 1986 Dodge Omni GLHS, a 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake with dual charging, and a restored 1965 Cobra 427 that sold for $ 5.94 million.
The six original Daytona Coupes vary in price depending on the origin of the race. Driven by Bob Bondurant, the driver who won the GT class of the 1965 Manufacturers’ World Championship, sold for $ 7.25 million in 2009, setting a world record for auctioning an American car. That record has since been broken, but the reigning champion is now the first Shelby Cobra ever built, selling for a cool $ 13.75 million in 2016.
However, this car is not one of those six. It was built as a Cobra Roadster and then converted to a Daytona Coupe while Shelby owned it. It includes an Oregon title showing the car was titled under Carroll Shelby Enterprises and FIA work proving it for classic car racing. Technically, only cars with a racing history qualify for classic car races like the Monterey Historics.
This chassis has been driven at Laguna Seca and Goodwood, and the list of famous butts in the driver’s seat includes Phil Hill, Derek Bell and John Morton.
While not one of the legendary originals, it still has the Carroll Shelby connection. It appears that everyone who owns the Shelby cars is liquidating the collection, and it will be interesting to see how this compares to other recent sales. More photos can be found in the list below Worldwide auctioneers.