By on August 20, 2017

427 shelby daytona

In 1964, Carroll Shelby asked his staff to lengthen the chassis of one of the six Daytona Coupes so he could outfit a 427 cubic inch Ford engine based upon its NASCAR big block. The vehicle was intended to race at Le Mans for 1964 but the truck transporting the motor was involved in a wreck and the Daytona Cobra Coupe returned with a 289, never to make use of the big block Ford.

Now, Shelby American is reimagining history bringing it back for an extremely limited run of heritage cars. “We’re taking care of some ‘unfinished business’ for Carroll Shelby,” explained Joe Conway, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Shelby American. “It was sometimes called the ‘car that never was’ because a lone big block Daytona prototype was built but never raced. We plan to complete this amazing program by offering six turn-key 427 powered Daytona Coupe race cars, which is the same number as the small block versions built in the 1960s.”  

427 shelby daytona engine

The company says the cars are built to period-correct specifications. The 550 horsepower engine is mated to a four-speed manual transmission and is alleged to be capable of 200 mph. Heroically nude, it comes in glorious bare aluminum but Shelby says they’ll paint it in whatever racing livery the buyer wants.

As incredible as it would be to own a genuine Daytona Coupe with the #13 livery, something about using one of the original racing numbers feels slightly sacrilegious. The initial car (CSX2603) debuted in polished aluminum wearing the number 4 and a pair of white stripes. Shelby says this is the number and paint scheme that CSX2286 would have worn for the 1964 Le Mans race.

427 shelby daytona interior

Each subsequent car will also be assigned a CSX2000 series serial number for documentation in the official Shelby registry. No pricing has been announced but expect it to be astronomical and discussed in private.

“This is an incredible opportunity to own a very rare collectible Shelby heritage race car,” said Gary Patterson, president of Shelby American, in a statement. “Like the six small block cars built in the 1960s, these 427 powered Daytona Coupes will be a lasting tribute to another innovative Shelby racecar that would have caught the racing world off guard. These Coupes will be every bit as much a ‘secret weapon’ as Carroll had hoped for in 1964.”

427 shelby daytona

427 shelby daytona

427 shelby daytona

[Images: Shelby American]

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12 Comments on “Limited and Lengthened Shelby Daytona Coupe Going Into Production With 427 Big Block...”

  • avatar

    Looks glorious. Might as well follow Jaguar’s lead in producing those half-dozen handmade E-Type replicas from a year or two ago, and make a buck or two. Compared to modern styling with nooks, crannies, excresences, side sculpting and nightmare grilles that do nothing but sit there, these ’60’s machines look good to me.

  • avatar

    Unfortuantly for me, the only place I am going to see these cars is at a auction when the owner thinks he can make some money, and that will probably just be on TV.

    • 0 avatar

      most people would have turned off when they got to the ‘continuation serial numbers’ ie. CSX-1234

      its a engineering curios really and it’ll be a cars n coffee, barrett jackson thing

      i do like daytona coupes but obviously $250k plus garage queens like this arent too interesting

      • 0 avatar

        $250K? If only. If that were true I would be tempted to raid the 401K. Not as an investment, though. I would want to drive any car I owned. You could call it a “Semi Garage Queen”

        In any case, these 6 will go for at least 3 times that amount, if not way more.

    • 0 avatar

      You could look into the Factory Five Type 65 for a lot less. I priced,out the Type R version and I think even with all the bells and whistles it was less fhan 30k for the kit.

      All said and done and using say an LS V8 ( yes,it pains me to type that ) you could have a running car for around 40k.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Actually, this *is* the sort of thing that makes America great. Again, if you will.

  • avatar

    Profile looks a lot like an E-Type. Wonder how it would fare against current Ferraris?

  • avatar

    Not really a fan of the car’s body itself, but, the polished aluminum finish looks amazing.

    Imagine that polished aluminum finish on an F-150. The anti-American-truck crowd would §h¡t themselves.

    “Oh gawd! So much chrome! And its 87′ tall and 50′ wide if its an inch! Quick, someone find me a Prius to cleanse my eyes…Ohh that’s better. Whew. Terrible origami styling means I can rest assured that the dolphins are safe.”

  • avatar

    But does it come with Bluetooth and Apple Carplay? Its also a deal breaker if I can’t get it with at least 3 cupholders.

  • avatar

    I was under the impression that the original 427 Daytona Coupes were supposed to have a Kamm-back tail, as shown here:

    • 0 avatar
      Stanley Steamer

      That is the 1965 car equipped with the 427 that was meant to replace the Daytona Coupe small blocks that ended up racing in 1964 due to the accident mentioned in this article.

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