Originally Posted by NYC6
While Henry Ford II and Enzos troubles are legendary and certainly came into effect later on when Henry wanted to embarass Ferrari, Fords first motivation was producing and financing a car which could take buyers away from Corvette. Corvette was taking off as Americs Sports Car and Ford wanted to be in the action as the Thunderbird wasnt cutting it. Shelbys Cobra was a good shot at 'the title'. First paragraph in History and Development.
Im a long time Corvette owner(and Mustang) here who loved the Chevy/Ford battles back in the 60's. Corvette/Cobra, Mustang/Camaro Trans Am series.
For the record, you're confusing two cars. The Daytona was a Cobra will a top attached and more advanced aero to to give it more top end. The GT40 was an entirely different platform, the car Ford wanted to whoop Ferrari with and did.
RIP Mr. Shelby
The vision, idea and hard work behind the Cobra came from Shelby and his inspiration was to win Le Mans and beat Ferrari. Everything else is as you said. Shelby came across Ford in a hunt for a V8 motor and Ford provided it (which by the way was a pick up truck motor).
Just suppose Ford had turned him down, maybe Pontiac would've stepped up??
For the record, the Daytona whooped Ferrari and won Le Mans not the GT40. But you're right, they are two different vehicles, I just didn't put a "&" or a "/" between them.
BBC put out a cool CobraFerrariWars documentary ... definately worth a watch. Another cool video, not dealing with Cobras but the MadMax Falcon Coupe, is one called "Love the Beast".