Douglas Glad Editor-In-Chief
November 4, 2015

“The ownership story behind this car is a long one,” says Dr. Fredrick Simeone, the current owner of this pedigree 1964 Cobra Daytona Coupe. “But it ends badly so I don’t talk about that part.” During our interview Dr. Simeone did speak of this incredible car that was stored in a garage by a widow for more than 30 years, untouched, and undiscovered. It was unveiled at the 2015 SEMA show in front of motorsports and design legends Peter Brock and Craig Breedlove who were pivotal characters in the car’s history.

The 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, chassis number CSX2287, was designed by Peter Brock then built and tested in Riverside, California and raced at Daytona International Speedway in Florida where it ran 20 miles per hour faster than the Cobra roadster.

After touring Europe racing in the International Championship for GT Manufacturers, the Daytona returned to the United States for a Goodyear tire test in November, 1965 on Utah’s iconic Bonneville Salt Flats. There Craig Breedlove set 23 individual speed records over four days behind the wheel.

Today, the car sits in the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, along with more than 60 other iconic road racing cars. Visit them at simeonemuseum.org

THE RECORDS
National Records:
400 miles*S157.981 mph
400 miles*F158.993 mph
500 milesS156.233 mph
500 milesF156.963 mph
1,000 kilometersS155.571 mph
1,000 kilometersF156.179 mph
1,000 milesS155.586 mph
1,000 milesF155.832 mph
2,000 kilometersS154.017 mph
2,000 kilometersF153.947 mph
3 hoursS159.979 mph
3 hoursF160.918 mph
6 hoursS155.689 mph
6 hoursF157.581 mph
12 hoursS150.094 mph
12 hoursF150.198 mph
 
International Records:
500 miles156.233 mph
1,000 kilometers155.571 mph
1,000 miles155.586 mph
2,000 kilometers154.017 mph
3 hours159.979 mph
6 hours155.689 mph
12 hours 150.094 mph
*S =Standing*F=Flying

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