Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe (CSX2287, 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans) - 1:43 Scale Model Car
The story of Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, chassis number CSX2287, is one of the most fascinating sagas in automotive history. The first prototype Daytona Coupe completed by Shelby American, CSX2287 would score a GT class win at the 1964 12 Hours of Sebring, en route to numerous other racing appearances during the 1964 and 1965 FIA World Championship seasons. It then set 25 USAC/FIA records at Bonneville, before being sold to a succession of owners that included Phil Spector among others. Then, it vanished. For thirty years, the whereabouts of CSX2287 were nothing more than a rumor, until in 2001 it was discovered in a nondescript Southern California storage unit following its owner's suicide. Now a cherished, unrestored part of the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, Cobra Daytona CSX2287 was honored as the first automobile to be recorded under the U.S Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Heritage Documentation...such is the historical significance of this car.
Yet despite its illustrious history, CSX2287's record at the most important sports car race in the world, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, is less than glorious. Disqualified in 1964 after an illegal jump start, the car returned to Le Mans in 1965 under the Shelby American banner, driven by Bob Johnson and Tom Payne. CSX2287 would run as high as fourth place overall in 1965, but would retire with head gasket failure in the race's 12th hour. Though disappointing at the time, CSX2287's failure to finish at the '65 Le Mans is now just another footnote in the history of one of the most significant race cars of all time.
TSM's 1:43-scale resin replica of Cobra Daytona Coupe #CSX2287 as it appeared at Le Mans in 1965 is a beautifully detailed piece that should be a part of any serious collection of Shelby racing models. Featuring a flawless finish and perfectly rendered exterior details, it is certain to conjure images of flat-out sprints down the Mulsanne Straight...or perhaps even more colorful moments from the car's history.
SPECIFICATIONS: 1:43 scale (approximately four inches in length). Resin body, no opening parts. Fixed-position steering. Comes with acrylic dust cover and embossed display base.
PERFECT FOR: Shelby lovers. Le Mans model collectors with a need to complete the 1965 field. Fans of America's participation in international sports car competition.