“In 1964, Shelby produced six Daytona Coupes to tackle the World Sportscar Championship. Just one of them was built at Shelby American’s shop in Venice, Calif.: CSX2287, the original prototype penned by Pete Brock. CSX2287 helped carry Shelby to a second-place finish behind Ferrari in the Division III class, before winning the 1965 season outright – a first for an American, and a brief time in the limelight before Shelby packed it all up and went to Ford outright.
And yet, if only CSX2287 could talk. The already-legendary race car has seen tragedy and death, a suicide and a murder among its owners, living a second life after its career even more hair-raising than dicing with Enzo. After racing at legendary venues such as Daytona, Sebring, Spa and Le Mans with legendary drivers like Phil Hill and Jochen Neerpasch, Craig Breedlove helped the Daytona Coupe set 25 records at Bonneville in 1965 – the same year it was ignominiously sold for a paltry $4,500. Shelby had no choice but to dump the cars, now outdated in his eyes, in a fire sale. That big Ford money wasn’t calling to just anybody.
A year later, it ended up in the hands of music mogul Phil Spector, who, racking up speeding tickets and fearing for his license, squirreled it – and himself – away from prying eyes in the Hollywood Hills. (Spector did generously allow it to appear in an episode of "The Monkees.”)
Then, it disappeared. For nearly 40 years the car sat, hidden, in a storage unit in Anaheim, Calif., 40 miles from where it was conceived. CSX2287, evidently knowing how to find its way into the hands of troubled recluses, wound up with another one. In life, troubled Donna O'Hara ignored offers for the car as much as $2 million – but after her passing, the money talked. It sold for double that.“
Read the rest of Blake Z. Rong’s article on the Shelby Daytona here.