The car was recently auctioned at the 22nd Dana Mecum Original Spring Classic Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana in May, but didn't sell. It was expected to bring between $10 million and $15 million but in the end bidding stopped at ‘just’ $7.25 million, making it the most expensive American car ever sold at auction.
“Many vintage race cars have a strong American racing history to share–including this vehicle’s sister car CSX 2299–but no car can claim a finer race hour than the Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe CSX2601,” said Dana Mecum, president of Mecum Auction. “The legacy of its World Manufacturer’s Championship win stays with us more than four decades later, reminding us of one the proudest moments in U.S. race history and a competitive spirit of victory against all odds.”
The Daytona Cobra Coupe was also licensed for the road, however–at one point the CSX2601 car was owned by a North Dakota businessman who, perhaps appropriately,owned a string of gas stations. He used the car to drive the daily 300-mile trip to collect receipts.
For those who would like a taste of the experience but don't have the cash for an original, check out the Shelby-approved Superperformance copy here.
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