The Daytona Coupe is widely recognized as the ultimate Shelby Cobra. There were only six original coupes built. Each Coupe’s racing history is verified but the original race at the Daytona 24 Hour in February of 1964 was the beginning of what was to become a dominant,, winning racing history for years to come. Hence the name for the car. To this date, the Daytona Coupe is the first and only American made car to ever win the World Manufacturer’s Championship for Grand Touring race cars.
This car, CSX 2469 is one of only a very few “second generation” Daytona Coupes built by Mike McCluskey for Caroll Shelby. Based on an original 289 Shelby Cobra chassis, CSX 2469 has been painstakingly built to original specifications. It is a true Shelby Cobra. In fact, it is considered you many to actually be the seventh 289 Daytona Coupe.
As with the original Daytona Coupes, CSX 2469 has already established a winning history, having raced and won at such famous tracks as Laguna Seca, California, and Goodwoodl, England. Having been driven by such famous drivers as John Morton, Phil Hill, Derek Bell, and, of course, Caroll Shelby the car is already a winner.
The future for the CSX 2469 is bright. Race prepped and crewed by Finish Line Motorsports, Inc. the car will continue to be selectively raced at some of the most famous venues around the country and around the world. 2003 saw it raced at Laguna Seca by Derek Bell as the driver and at Road America with Brian Redman as the driver.
More races are planned fro the future; so look for it whenever you attend a race where famous cars tend to congregate. Chances are you’ll see this famous car with a famous driver in the seat heading toward the front of the pack.