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Tony O'Kane | May 1, 2009

Almost exactly one year ago the all-time record for a vehicle sold at auction was set by a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder, which was sold to British radio DJ Chris Evans for an astonishing AU$11.4 million.

Now it appears that record may not stand for much longer, with the most legendary example of the race-dominating Shelby Daytona Coupe estimated to sell later this month for well over US$10 million (AU$13.6 million).

1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe CSX2601

The car in question is CSX2601, the very car that slammed Ferrari at the 1965 12 Heures du Riems and handed Shelby the FIA Manufacturers Championship for the GT class that year. It was the first American-designed and American-powered car to win the FIA GT championship, and CSX2601 in particular boasted the best competition record of all the Daytona Coupes.

But US$10 mill? That's a lotta cash when you consider nearly the entire planet is in the middle of a recession, but auctioneers Mecum reckon the final price could settle at an even-more-sky-high $15 million.

The auction for Lot F242 is scheduled for May 15, so tune in then to see just how much the world's ultra-wealthy value America's motorsport heritage.

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