With the success of the Cobra, Carroll Shelby wanted to match his 1959 Le Mans win with a car he designed himself. Taking a 289 Cobra chassis, new bodywork was designed to increase the straight line speed of the car, making it capable of more than 190 MPH. That year Shelby took on the Ferrari 250 GTO in the GT class at Le Mans — and won. One
Daytona was modified to fit a 427 cubic inch NASCAR-style big block V8 to the 1964 Le Mans, but the transport crashed on the way to the race and the car couldn't be fixed in time. A new line of Continuation Daytonas are being built with the exact specifications to the original, including Shelby American serial numbers. Although the 427 Daytona never raced, the continuation models make one wonder what could have been.