While a straight Factory Five 65 Coupe replica of the Shelby Daytona is an awesome machine it is not without its issues as a potential cruiser on a hot summer’s night.
It is a race car, and as such it’s loud, hot, and built to function with a basic interior well suited for work on a track. We are interested in a car that while not a daily driver can be driven in relative comfort for a weekend outing or to a friends cottage. This doesn’t mean we make the car vanilla flavour. It needs to turn heads, look like all the pieces belong, fit it’s character, and still be able scare the crap out of passengers when the “go” pedal is called to order.
Our first thought was to go with all the modern high tech toys, fancy instruments, big wheels, and all the possible creature comforts typical with almost any new higher end coupe or sedan today.
In retrospect, we could have not been more wrong. Our buddy Mark Bovey of Targa Truck fame set us on what we think is the correct and most reasonable course. As he pointed out – if the car is just a collection of all the latest and greatest in fashion gizmos and technology it will loose its identity and look like some strange collection if this and that. Very quickly it could become this “thing” that looks sort of cool, but not really.
The Targa Truck……a crazy machine. I highly suggest you check it out.
Hence came the notion of building a super car of the 60’s and early 70’s – the era of this car – the way Pete Brock or Caroll Shelby himself may have envision this machine if they were to make it for the select few who could attain a super car.
With this vision always in the back of our minds, selecting and marrying features and modern components and even styling queues, is much simplified.
Two examples –
The engine is a Ford SB 347 stroker – straightforward, simple. We are installing throttle body fuel injection by way of an MSD Atomic system (works great in our BMW project). Old school pushrod with some high tech for economy/drivability, but still in character. A Coyote would have crossed the line. In later entries we hope to show the dyno runs of this lump.
The next extremely important item is the interior. This can make or break the vision. We are still working on it, but here is a first pass of the dash.
The inspiration comes from my high school dream cars of the era –
As you can see, the “fashion” of the day had many very similar interpretations – speedo and tach in front, row if critical instruments in centre, with a row of control switches/toggles below. Slide heater vent controls and straightforward round vents. An AM/FM radio would have been the highest electronic tech at the time. Woodgrain or leather on essentially a flat dash would have been typical.
A possible first pass layout for our Coupe could then look basically like this –
I only listen to CBC Radio 1 so for me a simple AM/FM radio is fine, but I need to satisfy my partners high tech needs. A hidden Bluetooth unit with bells and whistles is probably (certainly) going exist. In the radio spot we may put in an eyeglass cubby. Nav is possible, but that has to be a pop up – only in view when being used. A rear view camera can display on the interior rear view mirror – easy, these days.
No cup holders – drivers need to drive and passengers have little to do, so they can hang on to their own cup if they must slurp in the car.