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If you’re familiar with Custom Cars World, then you’ll know we’ve already looked at the Shelby Cobra more than once:
- The True Story Behind the Shelby Cobra Daytona [Video]
- Superformance 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe [Video]
Today though we’re going to take a step inside Jay Leno’s Garage and take another look at one of the more legendary and iconic cars of all time.
A bit about the car
Although this car is a copy, it’s not a kit car. Originally built by Superformance, Pete Brock was given the opportunity to re-engineer the car from the 60s and instead built what could have been had they been able to produce it fifty years ago.
The back end of this car was always thought of as being ridiculous but research showed that it was more aerodynamic to simply cut it off. Brock convinced Shelby to design this car and at first Shelby was dubious but the prototype was immediately faster and proved a point.
Where did the car come from?
Shelby took this car and put it in his museum. He covered it in decals and made it look like an original. Bruce Goldsmith bought it and then took the car completely apart. Panavia, the west coast genius for Daytona coupes, did all the engineering and 5 years later it was finally finished.
Some extra features
The car is built with a fiberglass body and uses a chassis that’s much more advanced than one of the original cobras.
The car was raced at Le Mans in the 60s and at the time you had to carry a spare tire that would take up the whole car, but here they’ve done some clever engineering work to combat this.
The seats are lower to the floor which creates more headroom. It’s pretty similar to the 60s but much more comfortable.
The famous tail
When they ran the original car, it was uncontrollable. Phil Remington noticed the flat piece of metal on Ferraris and how it gave the car more control. The moment they tried this on the Shelby Daytona, there was an instant improvement.
This car has a 427 Windsor engine. It’s a 351 block that’s been bored and stroked to produce a modest 580 horsepower
The car is loud but not obnoxious and very nice to drive. The only mechanical noise is the exhaust.
The gearbox is very nice, the clutch is very progressive. It’s a nice driving car where you can drive fast without scaring yourself.