The First American GT To Win The World Manufacturers Championship
Back and better than ever with AFX CLEAR windshields and interior. The #59 car was originally issued with painted windshields and without some details. But the popularity of this livery brought it back as a super realistic CLEAR car with additional details in the decoration. And as if that weren’t enough, it gets the new Mega-G chassis to boot!
But it is the clear windshields and interior that really set this car apart. AFX achieves this by molding the body in clear material and then painting over everything except the areas that should be clear. This gives you clear windshields without the need for separate, bulky, glued in parts. A first in 1/64th scale.
And what do you see when you look through those clear windshields? Realistic printed color interiors. That’s right – seats, spare tires, carburetors, whatever was in the real car is in the interiors. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes to the look of the car. And only AFX has it!
INDEPENDENT REVIEW – CLEAR
Yet again the experts come down on the side of realism and detail. Take a couple of minutes to read this review by the editors at Slot Car Illustrated to get some great additional photos and commentary on the new “CLEAR” line.
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INDEPENDENT REVIEW – Mega-G 1.5
Here is a great overview of the new Mega-G 1.5 short wheelbase chassis by the editors at Slot Car Illustrated. It is a quick read with lots of useful details and perspective.
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One of the most interesting of the Daytona Coupes was chassis #CSX2602. It was the 5th built and the last of the 4 coupes given to Carrozzeria Gransport to complete. From February through May of 1965 it competed in 5 races with good success finishing 2nd GT at Spa and Nurburgring in May and 2nd GT and 4th overall at Daytona in February. For all of those races, it wore the familiar Shelby American team colors: Guardsman Blue with white stripes.
Came June and Le Mans and Ford wanted every coupe available to race as they were out to beat Ferrari for the World Manufacturers Championship. But they had already used up their allotment of entries. Rather than see one of their cars sit out the race they asked Georges Filipinetti, owner of the well known and well respected Swiss team, Scuderia Filipinetti, to enter the Shelby Coupe, with Ford paying the way of course.
So it was that the car competed in the distinctive Red and White national colors of Switzerland for this race only. To pile on the irony, the car was driven by Peter Sutcliffe and Peter Harper, two well known Ferrari drivers.
Of the 5 coupes entered, 4 including CSX2602 did not finish. But it didn’t matter for the championship as Ford closed out the season finishing first and second in each of the last two races.
After Le Mans, CSX2602 was returned to Alan Mann racing, repainted in the Shelby American team colors and never raced again.
- This is a completely new chassis that sets a new standard for performance. It is not just faster, it corners better and is more fun to drive. Check out this laundry list of firsts:
- Weight: Up to 30% lighter than any other HO chassis – Way more fun to drive
- Size: Lowest and narrowest chassis ever made – Much more realistic bodies
- Center of gravity: Lowest of all competitors – Corners better than any other chassisGuide Pin: Exclusive extra long tapered guide pin (Only AFX has it!) – Car stays in the slot longer
- Unique Monocoque Chassis: Lighter, stronger, out-handles the competition
- Ground Effects Magnets: Level 30 Neodymium – Stays glued to the track
- Pick-Up Shoes: High conductivity phosphor bronze – Gets more power to the motor
- Chassis Material: Nylatron – Super strong and tough
- Motor Armature: Precision Balanced – Revs to the moon, reliably
- Motor Magnets: Polymer (Only AFX has it!) – Up to 20% more powerful than larger ceramic magnets
WANT MORE . . . ?
You’ve got to check out the Shelby American Museum Website. At their terrific location in Boulder, Colorado they house the famous chassis CSX2299 and the “not exactly” Willment Cobra Coupe. On the site, you can find a number of excellent photos of these fully restored and pristine race cars along with additional history. You can also buy posters and other memorabilia of these and many other famous Shelby creations. When you get to the site click on “Collection” for the photos and history. Then just browse. It is really cool – enjoy!
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If you want to get the whole story on what happened to the “Lost Coupe” read this Car and Driver article. Typically great writing combines with an unbelievable but true story that should really be made into a major motion picture. Give it a read and you’ll see what we mean.
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