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In memory of the Man, the ONLY correctly numbered Daytona Coupe I have EVER seen produced by his own company in 1:64! Of all the Daytona Coupes ever raced by Shelby America (6 cars raced 40 times) the number 98 was NEVER used! So it's nice to see a factory release from SC wearing correct numbers.

I've never understood Shelby Collectibles using this number over and over on their own cars when they could be replicating real history by using the correct livery and numbers. I understand it was Carroll's number, but come on, fantasy numbers? Well, all is forgiven (they were really worried about that I'm sure) as I recently purchased this little gem from eBay. I have never seen it before or since so I've no idea how long it's been out, but I do adore it.

This replicates the #26 of Bondurant and Schlesser as they secured the first Sports Car World Championship for an American car in history, and to date, the only one. The blue #26 finished 5th overall and first in class at Reims FR, July 4th, 1965.

What a birthday gift for America!

As a side note, I have added a touch of paint details to my example...







 

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Nice car. I have sent a buddy of mine over 70 Daytonas as he has the pictures and supplies to do 32 or so different liveries/numbers that the Daytona raced with. I can't wait to get all mine
 

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You better be all about posting photos the moment you receive them!!! For racing replica collectors like us, that would be the mother load!
 

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That's the 1:43 Eagle's Race version correct?
It is a 1:43 Yat Ming only available to registered bidders at Mecum auction. As far as I know they weren't sold to the public. The real car was at the auction but did not sell until the next auction for 7 million +
 

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Very cool, I knew I recognized the packaging and casting, but had not seen this livery so it's neat to here the full story.
 

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While Shelby didn't race a Daytona coupe as No. 98, the number was used on Carroll's own Daytona, CSX 2300. Originally raced as the Ford of France coupe, it ended up in Japan as a street car with a black tuck 'n' roll interior. The car returned to the U.S. in 1975, and was restored (more or less) to Shelby's personal specifications, and given the No. 98.



Fortunately there are a few correctly numbered Daytonas out there in collector land. The Johnny Lightning No. 12 replicates the car that raced at Sebring and Le Mans in 1965.



Here's a shot of the Shelby garage with Nos. 10, 12, 14, 15 and 16-- wouldn't you like to wander in here!



On the HO slot car side, Tomy did the red No. 59 Scuderia Filipinetti Daytona coupe with the correct numbers. I haven't found any photos of the No. 13 in real life, so this may be another fantasy car. I wonder if Shelby was superstitious about 13?



JL gets a close-but-no cigar for the red Filipinetti Cobra and the white Ford of France coupe that raced at the Nurburgring in 1965. I have no idea why they transposed the numbers from on the red car 59 to 95 and from 56 to 65 on the white car. Licensing, maybe? Seems a shame . . .



I think that Greenlight did the best representation of the Cobra wheels on the Motor World Cobra roadsters. Unfortunately they're pure plastic and a little small, but seem to capture the look of the Halibrand mags much better than the spoked wheels on the JL versions.

Atencio, I can't wait to see more correctly numbered Cobras! With Shelby's passing, I've read many tributes to the man -- what an amazing figure he was!

Thanks,
Rick V.
 

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Thanks for the great contributions. And I love the brick floor in your photos, makes great cars look even better!
 

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Ward ,
I noticed in the Garage pix , that # 15 has a Rookie stripe on it , Who was driving that one ?

Great stuff by the way.....

Frank
 

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Well, I was mistaken -- not the first time, certainly not the last. The great thing about threads like this is that it's an excuse to spend way too much time going through the library searching for photos of amazing cars . . .



So Tomy got it right . . . Shelby did run a No. 13 Cobra Daytona coupe (CSX 2299) at Daytona in 1965, driven by Jo Schlesser and Hal Keck. It won the GT +3000 class and finished second overall behind the Ford GT40 of Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby. This same Daytona won the GTIII class at Le Mans in 1964 with Dan Gurney and Bob Bondurant behind the wheel in its first race. I'd say that's a pretty impressive pedigree. CSX 2299 also raced as Nos. 15, 21, 188, 22, 11, and 28 . . .



And here is Shelby's No. 98 coupe, photographed at Sears Point in 1995 at the Shelby American team's renunion to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their 1965 World Championship. Four Daytonas together on the track, led by the No. 26!

The No. 15 with the "rookie stripe" was driven at Sebring in '65 by Schlesser and Bondurant and won the GT class. Neither of these guys were rookies, so I'm guessing that the white stripe on the left front fender was intended to help the crew spot the car among all of the other blue-and-white Daytonas.

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Rick V.
 

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The famous Dr Blum of MCCH fame who is doing the painting for our project (well his project. I am just the car supplier) and now has far more knowledge than I do now with Daytonas said, "yes there was a #13 car driven by Schlesser at the 65 Daytona". The car is on his list. I have one picture I'll send a bit later tonight and hopefully tomorrow I can get some more. Great post Rick

Hey you beat me to the question Rick. That's what I get for not refreshing
 

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Now this is fun guys, I could have answered the questions, but was beat by others and I LOVE THAT! At times I feel like I am the only racing stats geek in the world, it's fun to know I'm not alone.

And my point is still made, the only time we saw a #98 Coupe on the track was for a reunion years later. Just not an authentic racing number.

Keep the fun going gang!
 

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Yes I know this is an old thread, but it's the first time I ran across it while looking for something related to Shelby Daytona's .....Just one word about the group of cars...WOW!
 

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Wow, what a blast from the past. I'm glad you stumbled across this old thread, as I really enjoyed reading through it again myself!

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Now that was a blast from the past! I'm glad you ran across this old thread, I really enjoyed reading through it again!


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