Shelby introduces 50th anniversary Cobra Daytona Coupe

The 21st century Daytona Coupe comes with a Lamborghini-esque price tag.

Shelby American took home its first Manufacturer's Title 50 years ago, and it is celebrating the occasion by building a limited run of continuation Cobra Daytona Coupes.

Shelby offers an aluminum-bodied version of the Daytona Coupe that's all but identical to the cars that were built during the 1960s, and a fiberglass-bodied model designed to provide a glimpse into what the coupe could look like today if it had remained in continuous production. The two cars are built using the original blueprints and measurements, but Shelby's engineers have designed a stronger frame and fitted a set of disc brakes.

Buyers can choose from a long list of paint colors. Although pictures of the cockpit are not available, Shelby explains that all cars ship with a period-correct wood-rimmed steering wheel and black leather upholstery on the seats.

Both cars are sold as a rolling chassis, meaning they do not come with an engine. A numbers-matching 289-cubic inch engine is available as an option directly from Shelby's engine-building division. Alternatively, well-heeled enthusiasts who want to build their dream Daytona Coupe can opt to install just about anything that fits in the coupe's engine bay.

Limited to just 50 examples, the Shelby 50th Anniversary Cobra Daytona Coupe is on sale now with a price tag that isn't for the faint of heart. The fiberglass-bodied car carries a base price of $179,995, while the period-correct aluminum-bodied model starts at $349,995. Those figures likely seem extraordinarily high, but they pale in comparison to the millions that collectors are ready to pay in the off chance that one of the six original Daytona Coupes built in the 1960s comes up for sale.

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