1965 Superformance Daytona

1965 Superformance Daytona

Without a doubt, the Shelby Daytona Coupe is my absolute favorite car ever. The car was created specifically for racing between 1964 and 1965.

1965 Superformance Daytona

1965 Superformance Daytona

Without a doubt, the Shelby Daytona Coupe is my absolute favorite car ever. The car was created specifically for racing between 1964 and 1965 with the intention of going head-to-head with Ferrari and its 250 GTO in the GT class.

Despite its proven performance, the project was short-lived as Carroll Shelby and his team were hired by Ford to assist with the GT40 project. Because of this, only six Daytonas were produced.

Rear view of the Daytona

Rear view of the Daytona

The most recent sale of an original CSX Daytona place in 2009 where it was sold during Monterey Car week by Mecum Auctions for $8.3 million. The odds of ever owning a real Daytona Coupe are slim to none, but a reproduction of the car is readily available from several companies, including Superformance, the namesake of the Pick of the Day.

With Superformance set to open a showroom in Arizona this weekend, I can’t help but daydream about what it’s like to be behind the wheel of such a car.

Listed on ClassicCars.com, this 1965 Superformance Daytona is seen in Viper blue complemented by iconic Wimbledon white stripes and a black German-leather interior complete with a leather-clad Moto-Lita steering wheel and black-faced Stewart Warner gauges.

The Daytona is powered by a Ford Racing 390 cid V8 engine, rated at 455 horsepower and topped with an Edelbrock “Performer RPM” polished intake manifold with Demon 750 cfm carburetor and a set of cast “427 Cobra Ford Racing” valve covers. The engine is mated to a Tremec T56 six-speed gearbox and features a limited-slip IRS differential.

Additional highlights include a polished air cleaner with K&N air filter as well as silver ceramic-coated headers and side pipes.

Side profile of the replica

Side profile of the replica

The Daytona sits atop a fully independent suspension with adjustable Bilstein coil-overs and a full set of Wilwood high-performance disc brakes. The 18-inch wheels give the car a period-correct look and are wrapped in Nitto 555 tires and Dunlop Sport 9000 series tires.

The seller mentions that the car comes with creature comforts such as inflatable lumbar support in the seatbacks, power steering, power door locks with remote, high-output air conditioning, and a Kenwood AM/FM/CD stereo sound system.

According to the California dealer listing this car, the Daytona is registered in California as a 1965 Ford and has been driven only a total of 4,867 miles since it was completed. It is currently located in Irvine and offered for $119,950.

To see this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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