Classic Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe spent some years on the road before being fully restored. The car won the F.I.A. GT class Manufacturers Championship in 1965, being the first American car to beat a Ferrari in world championship racing in Europe.

Mecum Auctions will be holding its 22nd Dana Mecum Original Spring Classic Auction from May 13th to the 17th in Indianapolis, Indiana and will be putting up for sale a 1965 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe CSX2601. Expectation is that it will sell for between 10 and 15 million US dollars.

The CSX2601 is an iconic championship racer which took the manufacturers crown in the FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile) GT race class in 1965, holding the distinction of being the first American car to beat a Ferrari in world championship racing in Europe.

The 1965 Shelby Daytona Cobra was one of only six built by Carroll Shelby to compete in FIA GT. It also features an experimental coupe body fitted to the Cobra chassis designed by Pete Brock which helped increase the car's top speed by 25 mph (40 km/h).

The car has also spent some time on the real streets of the USA, once belonging to a North Dakota businessman who would use it daily for long road trips. The car has since been fully restored, one has to assume with original parts, given the ballpark selling-price figures cited here.

The car will be placed on the auction block on May 15th at 8pm and will likely fetch one of highest prices every paid for an automobile.

 

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