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In late ’65, it was sold to the founder of Russkits, a slot-car manufacturer. A year later, it traded hands, this time to Phil Spector. Spector drove it on the streets for a while, but it proved to be too uncomfortable for street use. He eventually sold it to his bodyguard, George Brand, for just. Car was then handed over to his daughter, Donna O'Hara in 1970, then in 1971 the car was hidden away in a storage unit for more than 30 years, left to deteriorate. Many buyers including Carol Shelby tried to buy the car after her ownership was known, but O'Hara doesn't answer. Retired neurosurgeon and avid collector Frederick Simeone somehow got O'Hara's attention with “a very realistic offer,” thought to be around $4 million. Unfortunately, O’Hara willed the cash from the sale to her mother and set herself on fire after the deal had been done. A harsh legal battle followed with several parties, including Spector, claiming ownership of the car, but it was ruled that the car was sold legally to Simeone.
The story makes this Daytona Coupe one of the most significant barn finds ever.

This car set 25 USAC/FIA world speed records on the Bonneville Salt Flats in November of 1965.
This car is the only one that was built entirely by Shelby, the other 5 were built in Italy.

United States National Historic Vehicle Register No. 1
United States Department of Historic American Engineering Record No. PA-650

Location History

Country FlagPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States -- -- InfoOwned by Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

Country FlagChichester, England, United Kingdom -- -- InfoAttended to Goodwood Revival in 2015

Country FlagLos Angeles, California, United States -- -- InfoStored here for more than 30 years

Country FlagLe Mans, Pays de la Loire, France -- -- Info1965 Le Mans 24 Hours (Bob Johnson, Tom Payne) - DNF (Head Gasket) (#10)

Country FlagNice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France -- -- Info1964 Tour de France Automobile (André Simon, Maurice Dupeyron) - DNF (Mechanical) (#186)

Country FlagChichester, England, United Kingdom -- -- Info1964 Tourist Trophy (Phil Hill) - 11th OA (#22)

Country FlagGueux, Grand Est, France -- -- Info1964 Reims 12 Hours (Innes Ireland, Jochen Neerpasch) - DNF (Gearbox) (#14)

Country FlagLe Mans, Pays de la Loire, France -- -- Info1964 Le Mans 24 Hours (Jochen Neerpasch, Chris Amon) - DSQ (Pit Violation) (#6)

Country FlagStavelot, Wallonia, Belgium -- -- Info1964 Spa 500 km (Phil Hill) - 6th IC (#1)

Country FlagSebring, Florida, United States -- -- Info1964 Sebring 12 Hours (Bob Holbert, Dave MacDonald) - 4th OA, 1st IC (#10)

Country FlagDaytona Beach, Florida, United States -- -- Info1964 Daytona 2000 km (Bob Holbert, Dave MacDonald) - DNF (Fire) (#14)

Racing History

20/06/1965 24 Hours of Le Mans Country FlagLe Mans, Pays de la Loire, France InfoBob Johnson, Tom Payne - DNF (Head Gasket) (#10)

20/09/1964 Tour de France Country FlagLille, Hauts-de-France, France InfoAndré Simon, Maurice Dupeyron - DNF (Mechanical) (#186)

29/08/1964 WSC Tourist Trophy Country FlagChichester, England, United Kingdom InfoPhil Hill - 11th OA (#22)

05/07/1964 12 Hours of Reims Country FlagReims, Grand Est, France InfoInnes Ireland, Jochen Neerpasch - DNF (Gearbox) (#14)

22/06/1964 24 Hours of Le Mans Country FlagLe Mans, Pays de la Loire, France InfoJochen Neerpasch, Chris Amon - DSQ (Pit Violation) (#6)

17/05/1964 WSC Spa Grand Prix Country FlagStavelot, Wallonia, Belgium InfoPhil Hill - 6th IC (#1)

21/03/1964 12 Hours of Sebring Country FlagSebring, Florida, United States InfoBob Holbert, Dave MacDonald - 4th OA, 1st IC (#10)

16/02/1964 The Daytona Continental Country FlagDaytona Beach, Florida, United States InfoBob Holbert, Dave MacDonald - DNF (Fire) (#14)




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