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What it’s like to drive the Shelby Cobra Daytona

Classic & Sports Car Logo By Mick Walsh of Classic & Sports Car | Slide 1 of 14: Would you rather have a Shelby Cobra Daytona or a Ferrari 250GTO? It’s a tough choice between two fabled sports car rivals from the mid ’60s, the swansong of the great GT era.

Given a free choice, I’d pick the Cobra. Irrational? Perhaps, but its blend of muscular looks, exotic rarity and brutal performance has gripped me since I was a lad.

I didn’t see one until I was in my 30s. I had all the books and models, knew the chassis numbers off by heart and never tired of its captivating story. 

Combine that magnetic appeal with one of the most colourful rivalries in racing and I can’t help but root for the Guardsman Blue, white-striped upstart that dared to challenge the might of Ferrari.

Behind the wheel of a rare racing legend

Would you rather have a Shelby Cobra Daytona or a Ferrari 250GTO? It’s a tough choice between two fabled sports car rivals from the mid ’60s, the swansong of the great GT era.

Given a free choice, I’d pick the Cobra. Irrational? Perhaps, but its blend of muscular looks, exotic rarity and brutal performance has gripped me since I was a lad.

I didn’t see one until I was in my 30s. I had all the books and models, knew the chassis numbers off by heart and never tired of its captivating story. 

Combine that magnetic appeal with one of the most colorful rivalries in racing and I can’t help but root for the Guardsman Blue, white-striped upstart that dared to challenge the might of Ferrari.

© Malcolm Griffiths/Classic & Sports Car
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