Thanks in large part to its place in automotive lore, the 1965 Shelby Daytona has long been regarded as one of the most sought-after cars in the history of the world. So it should come as no surprise to any of us to find out that Shelby Distribution USA’s latest incarnation of the Shelby Daytona is still a smoking hot item for car enthusiasts of all ages.
The CSX 9000 Series Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe Mk2 proudly follows the lineage of the 1965 masterpiece with a following that is sure to gain steam thanks in large part to a variety of upgrades over its predecessors.
For starters, the Shelby CSX 9000’s upgrades include a sturdier chassis, stiffened front and rear suspension, all-new 18-inch alloy wheels, and the addition of external door handles, something that previous Shelby models surprisingly lacked. The car’s interior has also been upgraded, including a much larger cabin space to give extra room for passengers, as well as sports seats and, not surprisingly, air conditioning.
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The car also comes in two types of bodies: an aluminum one and a fibreglass one. Prices for the two start at $89,000 for the fibreglass unit and $195,000 for the aluminum variant.
While the price might be a little higher than expected, the legacy of the car is enough to warrant such a price tag. According to Lance Stander, president of Shelby Distribution USA:"A sports car with the heritage and image of the Coupe begged for improvements and new features to make it a worthy contender in the market in which it already is one of the most sought-after contenders.”
It goes without saying that no car is as widely revered as the 1965 Shelby Daytona. That being said, if its newest incarnation can live up to the legacy the original left behind, then it’s poised to become another all-time classic.