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First Car To Merit U.S. Historical Registration Housed At Philadelphia’s Simeone Auto Museum

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1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe. (credit: Michael Furman)

1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe. (credit: Michael Furman)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It’s the first car ever to warrant U.S. historical registration, and it’s housed in a local museum.

The Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe CSX2287, which was produced in 1964, was the only one of six that was built in Shelby’s American shop in Venice, California.

After a brief racing career, the car reportedly disappeared for 40 years inside a storage unit before ending up at Philadelphia’s Simeone Auto Museum.

Now, the CSX2287 has become the first automobile to be recorded under the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Heritage Documentation. According to the Simeone’s website, the car’s significance has to do with its association to important persons and events, its construction and its value as one of the few racecars of the period that hasn’t been completely restored.

The Historical Vehicle Association (HVA) and the U.S. Department of Interior say they plan to register more vehicles in the future, but for now, the Daytona Coupe is the sole car to join the ranks of national treasures like the Chrysler Building.

If you’re interested in seeing the historic car, you can purchase a ticket to visit the museum. The Cobra is also scheduled to be featured at the Simeone Museum booth at the Philadelphia Auto Show from February 8th – February 16th at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

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