This Factory Five 1965 Cobra Daytona Coupe was purchased by the seller in 2007 and underwent a thorough assembly and sorting process that was ultimately completed in 2013. These replicas feature a tube frame chassis and fiberglass body, and this one has been driven only 200 miles since completion. It runs a strong 347 inch injected stroker V8 engine and Tremec 5-speed. The seller says it’s very fast, loud and fun, noting that he enjoyed building the car and says it’s now fully sorted and ready to go.
Fiberglass panels represent the Peter Brock design well, and the signature light blue and white color scheme is a nod to the factory team cars. Halibrand style two-piece, fifteen inch wheels are similar to those worn by the original cars and come wrapped in street-legal but pricey race compound Avon CR6ZZ tires in like-new condition.
We’ve seen more than a few Factory Five kits put together with large modern wheels and low profile tires, and we like the way this one’s relatively modestly sized rims, fat sidewalls, and well-executed side pipes lend it a period correct look. Just 6 Shelby Daytona Coupes were completed before Shelby’s efforts turned to the GT40, and while the factory cars are priceless, these replicas offer a lot of capability for a fraction of the price. An extra, unused set of Goodyear Eagle GTII’s is also included.
The spartan interior features bucket seats, custom dash and console with Autometer instrumentation, and a vintage style wood-rimmed Nardi steering wheel. Floors are free of scuffs and the painted dash shows no scratching, reminders of the car’s minimal use. All lights, gauges and switches work perfectly according to the seller/builder, and the sliding driver’s seat and fixed passenger bucket are accompanied by Simpson harnesses.
In back the Kamm tail and Monza filler cap are true to the real Daytona Coupes, and the car’s plexiglass hatch lifts on gas struts and shows off its nicely finished rear cabin area—we hesitate to call it a trunk. Note the full roll cage with diagonal bracing, both tied directly into the tube frame beneath.
Power comes from a Fox body Mustang’s 302 that’s been stroked to 347 cubic inches, and power is sent through a Tremec 5-speed onwards to a solid rear axle located by three links, coilovers and a Panhard bar. Recent work includes a new ignition module, oxygen sensors, water pump and alternator, and brakes are power assisted four wheel discs of 11 and 10.5 inches front to rear, respectively. The manual steering rack is a 20:1 ratio and a Fuel Safe cell is installed. Sale includes many build receipts, and the seller adds that the car is super quick and 100% sorted.