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2015 ALAN MANN RACING 'SHELBY COBRA DAYTONA' COUPÉ For Sale by AuctionBonhams are delighted to offer 87 motor cars at our forthcoming Collectors' Motor Car Auction on Sunday 19th March at The Goodwood Members Meeting, Chichester, UK. The full online catalogue can be viewed at www.bonhams.com/24118/70
2015 ALAN MANN RACING 'SHELBY COBRA DAYTONA' COUPÉ
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*Faithful re-creation of the World Championship-winning Daytona Coupé
*Built by Alan Mann Racing
*Unique 50th anniversary model
*No engine or gearbox
£160,000 - 200,000
€190,000 - 240,000
Ironically, it was Enzo Ferrari's lobbying for a change in GT regulations that opened the door for a car that would prove good enough to beat his 250GTO - Caroll Shelby's Daytona Coupé. Dropping the more aerodynamically efficient GTO body onto the existing 250GT SWB chassis provided Ferrari with a relatively simple means of prolonging the latter's competitiveness; it never occurred to him that an American upstart would not only do the same, but go one better.
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. Three weeks later at Daytona it led the GT field by five laps until sidelined by a pit-lane fire. The Coupé went on to win its class at Le Mans and looked certain to take the GT World Championship in its debut season, until the surprise cancellation of the final round at Monza in Italy conveniently handed the title to Ferrari.
Enzo Ferrari knew he could not rely on that degree of 'good fortune' again and announced that there would by no factory GT team in 1965. With Shelby heavily involved in Ford's Le Mans programme, privateer Alan Mann ran the Cobras in 1965 and duly swept the board in the GT World Championship, winning at Monza, the Nürburgring, Reims, and Enna. Fittingly, Alan Mann Racing secured the title at Reims on 4th July, providing Ford with the first World Championship for an American manufacturer.
Sadly, the arrival of the GT40 signalled the end of the road for the Cobra, as Shelby's contract with Ford stipulated that he should not compete against them. At the end of 1965 the six Daytona Coupés built were sold by Alan Mann for a few thousand dollars each, though a king's ransom would be necessary to acquire one today.
Built by Alan Mann Racing, the car offered here is a modern recreation of the legendary Cobra Daytona Coupé. Today, a 'continuation' version such as this is the car to race in the Pre-'66 GT races. They have proved to be the fastest cars in the Masters series and the Goodwood Members Meetings, and are available at considerably less than the cost of a top-specification lightweight Jaguar E-type.
Using their knowledge from winning with the original Daytona Coupés, Alan Mann Racing is proud to offer this unique car, which was built in 2015 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their World Championship win. Boasting a dimensionally correct aluminium body and an accurate reproduction of the steel spaceframe chassis, this car is built to period-correct mechanical specification, which includes the suspension, brakes, fuel system, pedal box and fluid reservoirs, electrical system, radiator, lights, and instruments. This car is unique because of its Alan Mann Racing livery and the fact that it comes from the team that ran these cars in their glory days with such outstanding success.
Once completed with a suitable engine and gearbox, etc (estimated cost circa £100,000 including parts and labour) and following the successful application for an FIA Historic Technical Passport, this car should be eligible for Pre-'66 GT racing the world over, and is a most cost effective route to a competitive entry.