Just six Shelby Daytona Coupes were built. Having famously beaten Ferrari in 1964, they’re both the rarest and perhaps most coveted Shelby Cobras of all. However, that hasn’t stopped folks from building more. This example, a Factory Five Coupe, was built by Levy Racing in 2017. Built to exacting specifications, its about as authentic as they come, save for perhaps the all-aluminum 402-cubic-inch dry-sump race engine under the hood.
I’m excited for this one. Truly, wildly, and fanatically excited. Simply put, it’s one of my favorite feature cars, period. I’ve written my fair share of features too. In fact, it looks like StanceWorks just recently crossed the 1,000-article threshold, which is a milestone worth in and of itself, and through those 1,025 articles, I can say I’m proud of every one, in one form or another: each is a story worth sharing.
Armand Mariano’s story of automotive enthusiasm begins just as many others: it was his disassembly and reconstruction of his childhood Matchbox cars as a young boy that cemented his interest in being a mechanic. He filled his high school elective classes were filled with shop classes, determined to learn the trade and craft of working on the machines he knew and loved.
Many car purchases are fueled by impulse, which is often followed by buyer’s remorse. In the classic water-cooled VW world, impulse buys can literally destroy your bank account and wreak havoc with wives and girlfriends. Fraught with hidden rust and hidden running issues, buying an old VW on a whim is trouble. There isn’t a truer car to adhere to the old adage: The best things come to those who wait.
Photography by Mike Crawat
Bart Kuyken isn’t what one might consider your run-of-the-mill StanceWorks feature owner. Amidst the auto shop owners, weekend warriors, and a slew of do-it-yourselfers, Bart lives a life between two cities: Antwerp, Belgium and Paris, France. “Having a life in both cities is a blessing,” he says. “I meet so many different people this way.