ERA Shelby Cobra 289 FIA

Price: US $54,995.00 Item location: Bethesda, Maryland, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Shelby
  • Model: Cobra
  • Type: Convertible
  • Trim: 289
  • Year: 1965
  • Mileage: 4,000
  • Color: Black
  • Engine size: 302
  • Number of cylinders: 8
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Black
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1965 Shelby Cobra

TheShelby Cobra 289FIA/USRRCwere the most successful and celebrated racing Cobras of all time. There were 16 of these original FIA serpents built by Carroll Shelby, all in 1964. Five went to Europe to compete in FIA racing events [FYI, "FIA" stands forFederation Internationale de l'Automobile, headquartered in Paris]. Six were raced by theFactory Teamin theUnited States Road Race ChampionshipSeries, and five were sold to private parties.

For that year (1964), the 289 Cobras swept both racing circuitsin Europe and here in the US. This glistening 289 roadster #2103 is an almost precise replica of the FIAs raced in the U.S. The coachwork, undercar exhaust, forward-facing 3rd-leg rollbar,LeMansgas filler andHalibrandpin-drive wheels are salient examples of its purity. Only 3 of the original cars had the (FIA-mandated) trunk dimples and they were raced in Europe on the FIA circuit. The remaining 13 cars never had those trunk dimples. TheUSRRCcars also had the traditional dash, like thisbreathtakingexample. Others had a drop-center dash.

The car being offered is eminently drivable. Brought to you byERA's Old World–style craftsmen in New Britain, Connecticut.ERAhas developed an excellent adjustable suspension system and frame that is much stiffer/more-rigid than the originals'. Also, steering and handling is nimble, smooth and effortless. These are some of the distinguishing marks of theERAmarque.

This beauty boasts a crate motor from Engine Factory in NJ, 302 cubic inches of displacement [using a singleEdelbrock 650carburetor] and delivers 375 hp. It's been driven less than 4000 miles, never raced.The entire car was built as a decommissioned 1965United States Road Race ChampionshipCobra and is the prettiest girl at the dance.

I'm the second owner of the car but it's been babied by both of us. These are the original specs and details from the build in late 2005. I have to sell due to a relocation.

ERA chassis build number: 2103
Engine Detail- crate motor from Engine Factory in NJ, 1969 casting, high output 302 dyno'd at 350+ HP, Edlebrock 650 carb
Never been raced
Always garage kept
Transmission- Tremic T5
Brakes- ERA installed disc brakes
ERA installed Jag rear end
6 pin, pin-drive wheels with spinner knock offs. High performance radial tires.
Both tonneau cover and complete car cover included.

Show quality paint.

You will not be disappointed. It is a gorgeous FIA! Feel free to contact the guys at ERA in Connecticut. Mention it's the original build for Blake Conant. They know the car and can speak to details.

Contact Greg at 858-925-3648 for questions.