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Did the Treaty of Versailles lead to the Shelby Daytona Coupe?

Posted by ifitsgotanengine on January 29, 2006


Kind of.

You see, the Treaty of Versailles prohibited Germany from maintaining an Air Force. They already had several wind tunnels, so rather than let them sit, they turned their use toward the automobile.


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This led Dr. Wunibald Kamm to discover that the the key to reducing aerodynamic drag was not to teardrop the rear of the car, but rather to cut it off abruptly – the KammBack.

Much later, while working on a coupe version of the Shelby Cobra, Peter Brock ran across a German aerodynamics text that included the Kammback. Peter couldn’t even read German (!), but the illustrations included were enough to convince him that the Kammback was what was needed.

The Daytona coupe went on to defeat Ferrari at LeMans, and the rest is history.

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2 Responses to “Did the Treaty of Versailles lead to the Shelby Daytona Coupe?”

  1. Anonymous said

    http://www.painterslaneforums.com

    Come and talk about fixing up your car with us!

  2. Big Ford Fan said

    Is that like “six degrees of Kevin Bacon” ? I mean it’s correct, but seems like a reach through time and space. Good post, makes people think and that’s a good thing. I think?

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