The 1965 12 Hours of Sebring was a race unlike any other in history. The event saw a torrential downpour of rain that caused drivers to sit chest-deep in water in their cockpits, racing with visibility close to zero. Mechanics had to puncture little holes in the floor plan to drain the accumulated water and enable the drivers to finish the race. The dynamic duo Jo Schlesser and Bob Bondurant were behind the wheel of the #15 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe, winning the GT5.0 class by a large margin.
A mere six Shelby Daytona Coupes were produced in 1965, sporting a V-8 engine, Borg Worner T-10M Four Speed transmission and reaching a top speed of over 198mph. European-built racing cars had always dominated the world of endurance racing, but in the 1960’s, the American-made Shelby made its mark in the international scene.