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1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe HAER submission

1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe HAER submission

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Summary submission for the 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe's admission into the Historic American Engineering Record
Summary submission for the 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe's admission into the Historic American Engineering Record

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SUMMARY SUBMISSION HISTORIC AMERICAN ENGINEERING RECORD SHELBY COBRA DAYTONA COUPE PROTOTYPE (CSX2287

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January 21, 2014 HAER No. PA-650

PHOTOGRAPHS WRITTEN HISTORICAL AND DESCRIPTIVE DATA REDUCED COPIES OF MEASURED DRAWINGS

SUMMARY SUBMISSION HISTORIC AMERICAN ENGINEERING RECORD INDEX TO PHOTOGRAPHS SHELBY COBRA DAYTONA COUPE PROTOTYPE (CSX2287) 6825-31 Norwitch Drive Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania 19153 INDEX TO BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS Casey Maxon, photographer, January 2014 PA – 650 – A – 1 PA – 650 – A – 2 PA – 650 – A – 3 PA – 650 – A – 4 PA – 650 – A – 5 PA – 650 – A – 6 Profile view of left side ! view of front and one side ! view of rear and one side Interior view from left side Detail view of chassis number plate Detail view of instruments

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HISTORIC AMERICAN ENGINEERING RECORD SHELBY COBRA DAYTONA COUPE PROTOTYPE (CSX2287) HAER No. PA-650 Location: Dates of Construction: Designer/Engineer/ Builder: 6825-31 Norwitch Drive, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania 19153 October 1963 – January 1964 Shelby American, Inc., Venice, California Peter E. Brock, designer Ken Miles, race team manager and engineer Phil Remington, chief engineer Shelby American, Inc. 1042 Princeton Drive, Venice, California Registration: 1E 013 for California Manufacturer Shelby American used the vehicle as part of its racing team program in 1964 and 1965. Fredrick A. Simeone, M.D. 6825-31 Norwitch Drive, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19153 Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum display and limited exhibition The Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe chassis number CSX2287 is nationally significant based on four criteria. First, it is associated with important American and international competition events including the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) International Manufacturers’ GT Championship series and land speed record runs at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Second, it is associated with important automotive designers, builders and drivers such as Carroll Shelby, Peter Brock, Ken Miles, Phil Remington and Phil Hill. Third, is the significance of its aerodynamic design, and the construction techniques that were used to build the car. Fourth, is its information value as a prototype racecar that retains much of its original materials, components and finishes. The period of significance for CSX2287 was from January 1964 to December 1965. CSX2287 is a two-door, front-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive, aluminum-bodied prototype competition car. It has a naturally aspirated

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Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe Prototype (CSX2287) HAER No. PA-650 (Page 10) Ford Motor Company 289 cubic inch displacement V-8 engine with four Weber 48 mm IDA carburetors. Its drivetrain consists of a four-speed Borg – Warner T10 manual transmission and a Salisbury 4HU differential. The chassis, manufactured in the United Kingdom by A.C. Cars Ltd., consists of a steel ladder tube type frame incorporating fourwheel independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. The exterior of the body is painted in Ford Guardsman Blue. The paint exhibits wear and deterioration believed to be circa 1966. The car was disassembled, repaired and partially restored in 2004 and still retains many of its materials, components and finishes from the 1960s. History: The Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe CSX2287 was the prototype racing coupe version of the Shelby Cobra roadster produced by Shelby American, Inc. CSX2287 was built from October 1963 to January1964 to compete against Ferrari and other manufacturers in the FIA International Manufacturers’ GT Championship. CSX2287 was commissioned and built by Shelby American, Inc. based on the efforts of designer Peter Brock, racing director Ken Miles, fabricator John Ohlsen and chief engineer Phil Remington. The coupe was built on the same chassis, suspension, engine, transmission and other mechanical components used for the Cobra roadsters. Peter Brock’s aerodynamic body design with a truncated tail section enabled the car to achieve more than 180 miles per hour and compete successfully against Ferrari in the FIA championship. The construction of and assembly of CSX2287 took place in Los Angeles, California. The five subsequent Daytona Coupes based on CSX2287 were partially built in Italy. CSX2287 was raced in eight events during the 1964 and 1965 FIA seasons. In 1964, Shelby American, Inc., achieved second place in the final standings of the FIA International Manufacturers’ GT Championship based on the strong race results with CSX2287 and the other new Cobra Daytona Coupes. In 1965, Shelby American, Inc. won the FIA International Manufacturers’ GT Championship based mainly on the success achieved with the Cobra Daytona Coupes. This victory was the first American automobile manufacturer victory in an FIA international championship series. In November 1965, CSX2287 was driven to a total of 23 national (United States Auto Club) national and international (FIA) land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. The car was sold by Shelby American, Inc. in 1966 to a private owner and was never raced competitively again. Sources: A. Primary Sources “AC Cobra.” Road and Track. June 1964. 63-66. Blunk, Frank M. “Shelby’s Plan to Race in Europe Draws Speculation on Drivers.” New York Times, March 29, 1964.

Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe Prototype (CSX2287) HAER No. PA-650 (Page 11) Brock, Peter, Dave Friedman, and George Stauffer. Daytona Cobra Coupes. Blue Mounds, WI: Stauffer Publishing. 1995. Brock, Peter interview by Paul Sanderson. December 12, 2013. “Cobra Coupe Sequel.” Motor Trend, May 1964. 74 – 75. Friedman, Dave. Shelby American Racing History. Osceola, WI: Motorbooks International, 1997. “Innocents Abroad.” Car and Driver. September 1964. 22. “Market Place.” Road and Track. December 1966. 124. Phipps, David and Steve Smith. “Sharpening Swords for Le Mans: Ferrari Favored, Ford Fizzles, Cobra Sizzles.” Car and Driver. July 1964. 39. Remembering the Shelby Years – 1962 – 1969, Interviews compiled by Dave Friedman (Los Angeles: The Carroll Shelby Children’s Foundation, 1998) 212. Remington, Phil. Typed letter to Alan Man. April 20, 1965. http://cobraferrariwars.com/2-docs-cfw/16817400.pdf. “SCCA’s United States Road Racing Championships.” Sports Car. November 1963. 28 – 31. “Sebring 1964.” Car and Driver. June 1964. 27 – 32. Shelby, Carroll. The Carroll Shelby Story. As told to John Bentley. New York: Pocket Books, 1967. B. Secondary Sources Comer, Colin. “The life of Phil Remington,” Road & Track, June 18, 2013. http://www.roadandtrack.com/features/magazine/featuresmagazines-features-the-life-of-phil-remington. Moity, Christian, Jean – Marc Teissedre, Alain Bienvenu. 24 Heures Du Mans. English Version Adapted and Translated by David Waldron. France: Editions D’Art J.P. Barthelemy, 1993. Simeone M.D., Frederick A. The Simeone Automotive Museum: The Spirit of Competition. Philadelphia: Coachbuilt Press, 2008. Wallace A. Wyss. Shelby’s Wildlife. Osceola, WI: Motorbooks International, 1977.

Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe Prototype (CSX2287) HAER No. PA-650 (Page 12)

Wimpffen, János L. Time and Two Seats: Five Decades of Long Distance Racing. Redmond, WA: Motorsport Research Group, 1999. C. Likely Sources Not Yet Investigated 1. David Friedman archives 2. Ford Motor Company archives 3. Shelby American, Inc. archives 4. FIA archives 5. AC Cars, Ltd. archives 6. Bob Bondurant archives 7. Michael L. Shoen archives Historians: Project Information: Casey T. Maxon, Historic Vehicle Association, January 2014 The Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe documentation was co-sponsored by the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) and Historic Documentation Programs (HDP) in collaboration with the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum. This project is the first time an automobile has been recorded under Secretary of the Interior Standards and Guidelines for Architectural and Engineering. Mark D. Gessler, President, HVA and Richard O’Connor, Ph.D., Chief, Heritage Documentation Programs directed the project. J. Lawrence Lee, Ph.D., P.E. was the project manager for the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER). The overview history of CSX2287 was prepared by HVA historians Casey T. Maxon and John R. Paul with assistance from current owner Fredrick A. Simeone, M.D., consulting historian Bruce D. Judd, FAIA and Peter E. Brock, original designer of CSX2287. Photographs were produced by Casey T. Maxon and automotive photographer Michael Furman. The field work and measured drawings were directed by J. Lawrence Lee and prepared by HDP architects John Wachtel and Jeremy Mauro. Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. of Traverse City, Michigan, provided funding to the HVA to support this project.

Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe Prototype (CSX2287) HAER No. PA-650 (Page 13) Appendix A: Historic Images

Figure 1. The Cobra Daytona Coupe prototype during initial construction at California Metal Shaping in Los Angeles, California in December 1964. The aluminum panels are being formed to match the wooden buck that sits on a Cobra roadster frame. Photo courtesy of the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust.

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Figure 2. The Cobra Daytona Coupe prototype during initial testing at Riverside International Raceway in Riverside, California on February 1, 1964. Pictured with the car are Shelby American, Inc. mechanics, John Collins and John Ohlsen. Photo courtesy of the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust.

Figure 3. The Cobra Daytona Coupe prototype during initial testing at Riverside International Raceway in Riverside, California on February 1, 1964. Photo courtesy of the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust.

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Figure 4. The Cobra Daytona Coupe during its first race, the FIA Daytona 2000 kms Continental on February 16, 1964 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Photo courtesy of the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust.

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Figure 5. The Cobra Daytona Coupe prototype during its first race, the FIA Daytona 2000 kms Continental on February 16, 1964 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Photo courtesy of the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust.

Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe Prototype (CSX2287) HAER No. PA-650 (Page 17) Appendix B: Studio Photography

Figure 1. The Cobra Daytona Coupe prototype as photographed in studio by Michael Furman. Photo courtesy of Michael Furman.

Figure 2. The Cobra Daytona Coupe prototype as photographed in studio by Michael Furman. Photo courtesy of Michael Furman.

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Figure 3. A Cobra Daytona Coupe prototype intake manifold detail as photographed in studio by Michael Furman. Photo courtesy of Michael Furman.

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