Lot 27 - 2008 Daytona Cobra Coupé Recreation
|Odometer reading||1,800 miles|
|Estimate||£30,000 - £40,000|
|Result||Sold - £33,525|
There were just six original Shelby Daytona Coupes built in 1965. Designed by Peter Brock, the Cobra's new body turned out to be an aerodynamic masterpiece and on its first test in February 1964 the Coupé knocked 3.5 seconds off the roadster 289's Riverside lap record. Despite the fact that the design never entered production, Cobra Coupés won their class at Le Mans in 1964 and privateer Alan Mann ran the Cobras in 1965 and duly swept the board in the GT World Championship. In addition to its racing heritage, the Daytona Coupe is one of the most emotive shapes in automotive history and has been described as the 'lord of internal combustion excess.'
Representing a unique opportunity to acquire a modern version of a legendary Le Mans racer, this car has been built on a tubular chassis designed and built by Factory Five in America and assembled by Absolute Horse Power in Wellington, Somerset. The Coupe has an aluminium and steel chassis with a composite body shell, making H15FFR extremely light. Powered by a 5.8 litre V8 engine, developing a usable 300bhp, there are examples in America that have been tuned to over 500bhp. Car and Driver Magazine reviewed another Factory Five Coupe in 2000, Stating: ""The phrase eye-ball sucking performance is a tired, overused metaphor, but it should have been saved for the FFR Coupe.""
This example started life as a promotional car for Factory Five Racing, and is the only FFR Coupe on the road in this country. Complete with V5 registration document, MoT test certificate and finished in the classic colour combination of Shelby Racing Blue with white racing stripes, this Daytona Coupe recreation has covered a mere 1800 miles since construction and is ready to be enjoyed.
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