American sports car firm Shelby has confirmed that it will sell some of its ‘continuation’ Shelby Daytona Coupes in the UK, after the car made its European debut today at the Goodwood Revival race meeting.
The Shelby Daytona Coupe is a recreation of the Cobra Daytona, a Peter Brock-designed racer that scored a number of significant class wins in the FIA World Sportscar Championship. Just six of the original cars were built back in 1965, and each is now worth millions of dollars on the classic vehicle market. The Shelby company - founded by Carroll Shelby and still heavily involved in producing tuning parts for the Ford Mustang - plans to make 50 examples of the continuation vehicle, with bodyshells prepared in fibreglass or, for almost double the price, aluminium.
The firm has signed a deal with Byfleet specialist Bill Shepherd Mustang to sell a small number of the Daytona Coupes in the UK - although it has declined to say how many of the 50 examples will be sold through the Surrey showroom. Prices have not been confirmed either but they’re likely to be considerably higher than the US figures of around £97,000 for the fibreglass edition and £194,000 for the aluminium version. The Daytona Coupes are sold as rolling shells only; transmissions and engines (a small-block Ford V8, most commonly) are not included in the standard price.
The press conference at Goodwood was staged as a ‘reproduction’ conference, and marked the first time that all six of the original Cobra Daytona Coupes had been together in public.