BACKDRAFT RACING RT3 - Smeding 427 engine @ 580 Horsepower - 6 speed - Stunning!

Price: - Item location: Redondo Beach, California, United States
  • Make: Shelby
  • Model: Cobra
  • SubModel: Cobra
  • Trim: 2 door
  • Year: 1965
  • Mileage: 2,360
  • Color: Blue
  • Engine size: Smeding Performance 427 Cobra Special
  • Number of cylinders: 8
  • Power options: Power disc brakes
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Black
  • Options: Leather Seats
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
  • Want to buy? Contact seller!

1965 Shelby Cobra 2 door

1965 Backdraft Racing RT3 Roadster

Purchased as a rolling chassis in 2013, this gorgeous example was professionally completed by Millerspeed in Redondo Beach and has since logged just 2,360 miles on the odometer. The stunning Spectra Blue paint job is the most sought-after shade of blue and is complimented by silver stripes, with black outlines. Nestled between the fenders of the custom painted engine bay lurks a mighty 427 Ford V8, producing 583 dyno-tuned HP and backed by a Tremec 6-speed manual transmission. The refined cockpit is spacious and comfortable, featuring plush leather bucket seats and period-correct styling.

The Backdraft Racing RT3 is considered to be an improved version of the original CSX cars, built using modern technology and engineering to improve performance, reliability, safety and comfort. Key to this is the chassis which was designed to incorporate the BMW E36 3-series suspension platform. This gives the car exception ride quality and handling. Additionally, the 2" longer wheelbase increases both cockpit space and legroom and improves high-speed stability.

Still in "like new" condition, this car is dialed-in and ready to exhilarate!

Key features that set this car apart from the rest:

  • 427 crate engine
  • Aluminum flywheel upgrade
  • 6 speed transmission
  • Front-mount short-shifter upgrade
  • Wilwood Big Brake upgrade
  • 18" knock-off wheel upgrade
  • Michelin PS2 tire upgrade
  • Aluminum big radiator upgrade
  • Body color engine (special factory order)
  • Custom detailed engine

Details/options/upgrades include:


Smeding Performance 427 Cobra Special crate engine

Dart 4.125" bore block

AFR aluminum heads

Forged rotating assembly

Hydraulic roller Comp cam

Edelbrock Victor Jr. intake

Quick Fuel 750cfm carb


MSD ignition

Edelbrock water pump

Millerspeed 2" belt drive pulleys

Solid motor mounts

Polished and painted body color


Tremec Magnum T56 6-speed

McLeod front shifter conversion

QuickTime SFI-rated steel bellhousing

Aluminum flywheel

McLeod clutch

Hydraulic clutch master/slave


2"x4" rectangular steel ladder frame chassis, reinforced, 3mm wall thickness tubing.

Fully powder-coated

BMW E36 independent front and rear suspension, fully adjustable

Coil-over front struts

Front and rear anti-sway bars

Rack and pinion steering

3.46 differential gear ratio


Wilwood 13" 6-piston front disc brakes with drilled & slotted rotors, Red calipers

Wilwood 12" 4-piston rear disc brakes with drilled & slotted rotors, Red calipers


Black leather with silver stitching

Plush bucket seats

Dual adjustable seat sliders

Moto-Lita style wood-rimmed steering wheel

Autometer Cobra gauges with reverse sweep speedo

RayDyot side mirror

Spacious footboxes (for extra leg- and knee room)

Crow Cam-Lock 4-point seat harnesses

Leather shifter boot

Wind wings and tinted sunvisors

AC-style cast aluminum foot pedals

Windshield wipers

Fully carpeted trunk


Ceramic coated headers

Polished stainless steel side pipes


Halibrand-style 18" knock-off wheels

Michelin PS2 ultra high-performance tires (245/40ZR18 front, 335/30ZR18 rear)

Other options:

Upgraded cooling system

Upgraded headlights

Chrome bumper overriders

Tonneau cover

3M paint protection (rear fenders)

Cobra 427 badges

Billet dash knobs

Toggle switch covers

Chrome fire extinguisher

Additional set of premium floor mats

**The cost to replicate this car is $78 000 + applicable taxes!!!

Please feel free to call/text Alistair on (310)408-8798 to view the car or ask questions!

Terms and Conditions:

Vehicle is being sold "as is", "where is", with no warranty implied or expressed. You are welcomed and encouraged to make an appointment to view and inspect the vehicle before bidding.

Vehicle is currently registered and titled in Nevada.

Vehicle is for sale locally and we reserve the right to cancel all existing bids and end the auction early should the item become no longer available.

Vehicle pickup and shipping is the sole responsibility of the buyer, but we are happy to help with shipping arrangements and do have a preferred local shipping vendor we can recommend.