It’s common knowledge that people with a college degree earn more money during their working lifetime; with your typical bachelor’s degree holder bringing in over $2 million during their working lifetime. Step up to a master’s degree and you can expect to bring in about $2.5 million during your career, and the average doctorate holder will earn somewhere around $3.5 million in their lifetime. So what’s any of this have to do with cars?
Well we’re just trying to give you some perspective before watching this video of one-of-six original Shelby Daytona race cars being pushed hard around what is arguably one of the greatest race tracks in the world, the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. After all, you’re not going to race a vehicle that last sold at auction for $7.25 million at just any old track, are you?
Yes, you read that right. If this video is indeed correct, the car above is chassis number CSX 2300, which last sold at auction in 2000 for $4.4 million. That’s a lot of money, and in 2009 another Shelby Daytona sold for $7.25 million, the last time a Daytona publicly exchanged hands…and that one wasn’t owned by the man and legend himself. See, not only is CSX 2300 one of just a half-dozen cutting edge racing machines from the golden age of American muscle, it was Carroll Shelby’s personal Daytona.
Since just about everything Shelby ever laid a hand on has only grown in value since his passing in May of 2012, one can only imagine how much money this car would garner at auction today. $8 million seems like an easily achievable figure, and $10 million isn’t even out of the question, which would make it one of the most expensive car sales in history.
Judging from this video though, the current owner has no plans of letting their little slice of history change hands anytime soon. It’s nice to see that a car worth at least twice as much as the lifetime earnings of a doctor isn’t sitting idle. What better retirement for a legendary race car than to be pushed hard around some of the world’s greatest race tracks?