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Find Of The Day: 1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona

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By David Ashton

To begin with, this is not the original, but a Factory Five Racing replica of the original 1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona. The benefits here being a modern-day interpretation, with the most up-to-date features.

An original one of these will set you back ridiculous money and if you consider the amount of work and patience that is going to build such as this one, it’s safe to say that you’d be hard pushed to build it yourself for less.

The bodywork has ‘a 1-piece, hand-laid Vinylester shell that was laminated to 3/16ths’ Ferrari red 2 stage paint and Graphite racing stripes.
Under the hood you have a 6.8 liter LS3 Generation IV small block with 9.5 to 1 compression, producing 820HP and 713 lb./ft. of torque. The 2.9 liter Whipple supercharger sits above a Callies forged crank, Callies H-beam rods and Mahle alloy pistons and a a Mast 3-bolt Core Cam.
A factory-style serpentine system provides all the air conditioning you will need.

The interior follows the same lines of quality with custom leather throughout and 5-point Simpson safety harnesses all put together by New England Trim of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.

Yes, this ride has a high pricetag, but as the original is completely out of reach and Factory Five Racing , having a reputation which means the car will hold its value all adds up to an impressive customer ride. It’s just a case of if this is your thing.



Engine: LS3 6.2L V8
Transmission: 6 Speed Manual
Price: US $169,900.00

Displayed at the 2014 SEMA Show
Mast Motorsports 416 Black Label S/C V8 / Whipple supercharger / 820 dyno-proven horsepower
Tremec T56 Magnum 6-speed manual transmission / Built by Bowler Performance Transmissions
8.8-inch rear axle / WaveTrac differential / 4.10 gears / Davis Technologies traction control
Factory Five Racing chassis / Factory Five Racing fully independent suspension
Custom leather interior / GPS navigation / Modern audio
Factory Five Racing composite body / Ferrari Red paint
18-inch HRE 3-piece wheels
Unisteer power rack-and-pinion steering / Hydro-boosted Wilwood 4-wheel disc brakes
Sale includes: A Factory Five Racing Assembly Manual / Digital build photos / Two dyno sheets

A Factory Five Racing Assembly Manual
Digital build photos
A binder of component literature
A Dynojet dyno sheet
A SuperFlow WinDyn dyno sheet
A small Display Board
Some spare parts
Some extra paint
A battery tender




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