This Car Matters: 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe (CSX2287)

February 11, 2014

Get the story on the 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe from its designer, Peter Brock. The Historic Vehicle Association recently caught up with Peter Brock at the Simeone Automotive Museum in Philadelphia, PA.  

For its THIS CAR MATTERS movement, the HVA is asking people to share their stories about special vehicles — ones that helped to shape their lives and communities, our history and our heritage.

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  1. G McClain Arizona

    As an immediate post war baby boomer I have been most influenced by the muscle cars of the 1960s. In my opinion the king of the young boys dream in the 1960s was the midyear Corvette Stingray. It had the style of European sportscars and world class performance. In my day it was not even considered in the same league as GTO, Mustang or many of the Chrysler muscles which were formidable. The Corvette had the reputation of excellence in road racing, drag racing, Grand Prix style racing and fear generating in the stoplight Grand Prix. Striking to learn that Chevy almost pulled the plug on this icon in the mid 1950s due to lack of interest by the buying public until Zorkas Duntov took over the brand design and converted it from an underpowered two seater Brittish knock off to the Porche, Jaguar, Ferrari killer it came to be. To this day the performance per dollar cost curve on a Vette exceeds by a wide margin other cars with similar performaince capabilities.

  2. Peter Papademetriou United States

    Pete Brock: one of the unique engineer/designers in the Shelby American stable! And what a period, from 1963 - 1980+: the Pony Car Era, and the Ford Legacy. 260/289 Cobras, 427 Cobras, Shelby GT-350, GT-500, GT-500KR, Sunbeam Tiger, GT40, even a hand in the DeTomasso Pantera. My car: first, a late GT-350 (BRG+white stripe), then a really early so-called 1965/6 "Transitional" from a 1965 body with a combination of 1965 & 1966 features, American Racing Team white with blue LeMans stripes. Don't get me wrong: for my senior High School Prom, I was loaned my date's brother's 1958 black Corvette . . . big impression! And my first course at Bob Bondurant School of High-Performance Driving was a Bad Ass Corvette. . . but I met Bob at The Shelby American Collection, and I've owned my GT-350 since 1971.