This car is a result of a secret project undertaken by Pete Brock, the Shelby American director of special projects. After designing the 289 Cobra Daytona Coupe, Mr Brock then designed this car as a coupe version of the 427 Competition Cobra. It was designated the Type 65 Coupe and came to be known as the 427 Daytona Super Coupe or, in short, the Super Coupe.
Originally started only as a 427 chassis and completed on 3/13/65, it was shipped to Slough, England for construction of a coupe body by Radford Coachbuilders. This project was canceled before fully completed. It was shipped back to Shelby American in late 1965 and stored at the Shelby facility in unfinished condition.
The car was sold by Shelby American and after several owners, Craig Sutherland had Mike Dopudja of Englewood, Colorado complete it in 1980 with consultation by Pete Brock. During this time the car was test driven by a number of people including Dick Smith, Bob Bondurant, Brian Redman, Mike Dopudja and Bob Hindson.
The completed Super Coupe was unveiled at the Riverside vintage races in April of 1981. It was then vintage raced for a number of years with Dick Smith as the primary driver.
After being sold again in 1987 the Super Coupe then underwent a major group up mechanical and cosmetic restoration over a period of years.
The Super Coupe is the only 427 Competition Cobra Coupe. Aimed at international endurance racing, it would have been a formidable competitor at Daytona and Le Mans.