There are some cars that many of us can only dream about driving, but The Smoking Tire has been given the opportunity to drive the 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe. Built by Superformance and powered by 550 hp, this car really does have it all. But it’s not cheap. $185,000 not cheap.
This particular car is a replica turnkey that you can buy as it is. It weighs 2600 lbs with a fiberglass body and runs a V8 engine. It has independent rear suspension, 17″ wheels and power windows – some creature comforts that makes it a little less uncomfortable.
What’s the 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe like to drive?
The car has a light clutch and power steering which makes it quite a nice ride. There are power-assisted pedals but they don’t line up so heel-to-toe shifting is impossible but it does take bumps quite nicely.
Some other specs
The engine is a 351 Windsor but has been bored/stroked out to a 427 which makes it a strong and powerful and quite a nice touring car, perfect for a road trip.
There’s air conditioning, a good throttle response and a big trunk.
It has a magnificent sound as essentially a brand new car with only 3,000 miles on the clock and all the right hardware and upgrades to bring into the present but it’s still an old design. The main issue is that because it’s a replica, you can’t claim it as an original and that is somewhat disappointing but it won’t get old, in fact the old school powered delivery is what makes it such an attractive car.
A lot of car designs don’t often think about the view from the drivers’ perspective but this car gives you a great view of the hood and the perfect vintage motor experience with all the new parts. It could definitely be fun on a road course.
The chassis is surprisingly rigid with no squeaks or rattles and con probably be considered as pretty comfy. An overall great car and a great drive.