I don’t want to know how much a real-deal Shelby Daytona Coupe goes for. Big money is the understatement of the century. But the replica market on the closed-in version of the car that Peter Brock designed, Shelby American built six of, and over the course of 1965 proceeded to whip ass the world over is alive and well, with several companies cranking out high-quality duplications of the original. Factory Five Racing is one such company, and their take, the Type 65 Coupe, has been the past target of lawsuits from Shelby himself. For just over twenty grand, you can get a kit Type 65 Coupe and build it yourself, so long as you’ve got a Ford engine, transmission, and rear axle setup with brakes ready to go.
Or, do yourself a favor and take a look at what throwing $86,000 at a Factory Five kit can do for you. A gentleman from Rhode Island had this car built up to the nines. We’ve gotten used to seeing these cars painted blue with white stripes and left as bare-bones as possible, so seeing a fully kitted out car in British Racing Green is a bit of a breath-taker, and that’s a good thing. Everything you could want here is appropriate: a 351ci Windsor powers the car, a C6 automatic sends the power rearward, and an 8.8 IRS out of a Ford Thunderbird plants the tires. Front suspension would be based upon a later Fox Mustang…nothing difficult, but plenty capable.
Inside, however, is a radical departure. The automatic is one thing, but a plush Daytona coupe might be a bit heretical. Unless you actually plan on driving the car, at which point the setup looks absolutely plush for what was Ferrari’s on-track nightmare. It’s not too plush, though…there’s no radio, for example. Try to listen to music above the noise that 351 is going to play out of the sidepipes…not happening, buddy.
Who cares if it’s a replica, really?