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November 19, 2017

Shelby Cobra Daytona CSX2287 Then And Now

by Mike –

It is amazing what a few years will do to the status of just about everything. This is well demonstrated by the Shelby Cobra Daytona CSX2287 race car.

Shelby Cobra Daytona CSX2287

Shelby Cobra Daytona CSX2287 – Now (photo by Michael Furman)

The Shelby Cobra Daytona CSX2287 is the first motor vehicle to be listed in the US National Historic Vehicle Register.

Yet in 1966 it was relegated to the classified ad section of “Road & Track” magazine and could be bought for a small fraction of what it is worth today.

It was also lost in storage for about 30 years. This is no way to treat a national treasure but the owners at the time, including the famous music producer Phil Spector, did not know how important this race car was.

Shelby Cobra Daytona CSX2287

Shelby Cobra Daytona CSX2287 – Then

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Shelby Cobra Daytona Poster

Above is a 1965 Shelby American factory poster celebrating the world championship (my father gave me a poster just like this one in 1965). That one is long gone but I have another one on the wall behind me.

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The Shelby Cobra Daytona CSX2287 is the first motor vehicle to be listed in the US National Historic Vehicle Register.
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  1. Perhaps of some interest is that the seller listed in the R&T ad (American Russkit) was deeply involved in the slot car scene which was very big at the time…..

    http://slotblog.net/topic/26446-the-history-of-russkit-in-ads/

    • Gino,

      Good catch – I was a huge slot car fan in the 1960s and still have one of the cars I built. Russkit also sponsored real full size race cars like this one: http://mycarquest.com/?p=1075

      • See my Facebook blog called Looking Back Racing, where I have taken a photo of this car as it remains unrestored in the Simeone Museum in Philadelphia. I would post the pic here if I knew how. I did a little Photoshop artwork to place it on a backdrop of a refueling stop at Bonneville of itself. The history of this car includes ownership by Phil Spector, the shady character who was the Beatles’ press agent.

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