Buy into a legend in KZN
BACK in 1964, the Cobra won races everywhere, except at Le Mans.
To fix this, Carroll Shelby gave designer Peter Brock the job of making the Cobra’s body sleeker. The resulting Cobra Daytona Coupés went on to win Ferrari in the 1965 FIA Sports Car Championship and hearts all over the world. Only six of these cars were constructed. These Shelby masterpieces very rarely come to market, but one does, it fetches a fortune — the last Daytona Coupé fetched $7,25 million (R93 298 075). Now, for the first time ever, all six will assemble at the Goodwood Revival meeting from September 11 to 13.
Backdraft Racing builds replicas of these cars in Prospecton, which handle as good as they look. The Backdraft factory is involved in motor racing throughout South Africa, with former international racing driver Tony Martin at the helm.
The Backdraft crew recently won first prize at the Dezzi track day, and Martin is keen for new owners to join in. “With or without factory backing, we can discuss many options to get you on the track. Even our entry-level Track Day Cars will give you very competitive times,” he told Wheels. The cars are built in both left-hand and right-hand drive configurations for export.
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One of the six original Shelbys fetched $7,25 million (R93 298 075), but in Prospecton, race-winning replicas by Backdraft Racing sell from R463 000.