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1964 Cobra Daytona Coupe Today

The Daytona Coupe does run and it comes out from time to time
to wow the racing community.

1964 Cobra Daytona Coupe BITD

The Coupe in action at Daytona in 1964.

by the Historic Vehicle Association

Washington, D.C. (January 22, 2014) - The Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) announced today that the 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe (serial number CSX2287) will become the first automobile to be recorded under the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Heritage Documentation.

The documentation will be part of the HVA’s National Historic Vehicle Register and Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) that is permanently archived in the Library of Congress. The HVA and U.S. Department of the Interior collaborated on the effort and plan to document other historically significant automobiles.

The 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe (CSX2287) was the first of six Daytona Coupes produced. The vehicle was completed fifty years ago, in January 1964 by Shelby American, Inc. in Los Angeles. The Daytona Coupe was designed by Peter Brock and enabled the Shelby American Cobra race team to compete successfully and win the International Manufacturer’s GT Championship in 1965. This was the first time an American manufacturer won an international race series.

CSX2287, as it’s known, is among the most historically significant automobiles in America. Its historic significance is based on its association with important persons and events; its construction and aerodynamic design; and informational value as one of the few race cars from the period that has not been completely restored.

The vehicle is part of the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia and is being displayed by the HVA at The Washington Auto Show from January 22nd – February 2nd . . . .

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1972 Ferrari Daytona Test 1972 Ferrari Daytona Convertible Road Test.

Motor Trend Magazine called the Ferrari Daytona "The Ultimate Christmas Gift" and in 1971-72 we would have heartily agreed. For "only" $25,500 you could have had this car. Of course, $25K was about $300K in today's money, but who's quibbling over a few thousand bucks? At any rate, in the emission-choked era of cars, the Ferrari clicked off a 14.9 @ 106 MPH, due mostly to the 268 V12 pushing out over 350 HP . . .

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1955 DeSoto Brochure 1955 DeSoto Large Prestige Brochure.

Like big sister Chrysler, DeSoto was the recipient of dramatic new styling for 1955, and they new they had a winner. What best to do? Get a brochure out that really touted the new look. "Styled to Tomorrow" was the by-line for this twenty-page document. The artwork in the pamphlet is outstanding, so take a gander - you won't be disappointed . . .

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1976 Pontiac TA PR Photo   1976 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am SE PR Photos.

Performance and exciting cars were on the wane in the mid seventies, but that did not stop Pontiac from delivering what were, for the time, really "hot" cars. Of course by today's and even the 60s point of view they were pretty tame when you hit the gas - but for looks, they certainly were HOT - and darn it, Pontiac was at least still trying . . .

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Carthew 1932 Rolls Royce Max Carthew's 1932 Rolls Royce 20/25 - Style comes in a lot of packages - and this is one of them.

This vehicle started its civilian life in Bickley, Kent, England and was ordered by a businessman for use “on the continent,” (Europe) so special springs were fitted. Original equipment included bumpers front and rear as well as a full set of lighting and horn equipment by Lucas . . .

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