Travel: The Incredible Patina Of Shelby’s First Daytona Coupe

The Incredible Patina Of Shelby’s First Daytona Coupe

Nat Twiss By Nat Twiss
September 21, 2015

Photography by Nat Twiss

At the Goodwood Revival, I was stopped in my tracks at the sight of an elusive beast: the very first Shelby Daytona Coupe, named CSX2287. Its history, in much-abridged fashion:

  • Thanks to Peter Brock, the closed car was some 30 mph faster than the open Cobras.
  • After an amazingly successful run in Europe, and a win at the 1964 Sebring 12 Hours, the car ended its racing career at Bonneville by capturing taking a number of speed records.
  • Found its way to music producer Phil Spector, who used it as a daily driver around LA in the early 1970s.
  • It was completely off the radar until 2001, until CSX2287 turned up in a storage as the barn find of the century.
  • Still unrestored after all these years, it’s now a permanent resident of the Simeone Museum in Philadelphia. After lovingly refurbishing and reconditioning the car to run and drive, it’s now exercised on a regular basis.

Thanks to its wild past, it’s both acknowledged to be a cultural artifact in the U.S. and its Goodwood Revival appearance was the first time it’s been to Europe since it left more than 50 years ago. Here is a closer look at this icon of racing history.


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David Pierson
David Pierson

If I could drive only one car for the rest of my life, it would be one of these beautiful beasts.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson

The story of how this car made it’s way from Phil Spector to its current owner is an [url=””]amazing one[/url].