Frame Off Built BDR P51 Cobra Roadster Supercharged EFI 4.6L V8 600 HP 5 Speed

Price: - Item location: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
  • Make: Shelby
  • SubModel: BDR Cobra
  • Type: Other
  • Doors: 2
  • Year: 1965
  • Mileage: 1,585
  • Color: Silver
  • Engine size: 4.6 Liter Supercharged V8
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Interior color: Black
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1965 Shelby BDR Cobra


Built in June of 2009
4.6 liter ROUSHcharged V8 / Roughly 600 horsepower
Tremec TKO600 5-speed manual transmission
Vintage Air heater
BDR BMW-sourced power steering / Wilwood 4-wheel disc brakes
BDR BMW-sourced limited-slip rear axle / 3.46 gears
BDR BMW-sourced fully independent suspension
BDR fiberglass body / Roush Performance P-51-themed PPG paint
Roush Performance P-51-themed interior
17-inch Halibrand wheels

If you're a roadster enthusiast you already know Backdraft Racing is special. Unlike most Cobra producers BDR isn't hamstrung by history. And while they do seek to honor Shelby's prized creation they also want to continue his legacy through carefully planned adaptations of modern technology. The result is a world-class entity that builds some of the best looking best performing Cobras on the market. And when that forward thinking is combined with the incredible prowess of Livonia Michigan's Roush Performance it creates the ultimate embodiment of classic style and sinister speed. Wrapping a 600 horsepower ROUSHcharged V8 in Tremec gears BMW suspension components and a literal interpretation of Triple Ace Bud Anderson's "Old Crow" warbird this elite roadster takes Ol' Shel's Cobra to a whole new level!


From inception Backdraft cars are turnkey products developed and engineered to mimic the vintage appeal of authentic aluminum Cobras while handily out-performing pretty much anything on the street. The assembly of this roadster's professionally finished body began with a steel-lined GRP molding that was hand-tweaked and gel coated on a full-size rotisserie rack. Once that coating was complete the newly formed fuselage was smoothed by a seasoned fiberglass professional baked in an even coat of primer and inspected top-to-bottom to ensure first-class quality. When quality control was cleared clean Vapor Metallic PPG was detailed with Olive war paint covered in three layers of ChemSpec clear baked and cured for three days and finally flattened and polished to a head turning shine. And today this super slick Cobra is a sophisticated build that exhibits twice the style and twice the race-bred DNA of a typical replicar boulevard cruiser.

Following the successful launch of their P-51 Mustang series some of the most sought-after and collectible tuner Mustangs ever created Backdraft Racing armed another storied American fighter with this P51 themed Cobra. And as if you couldn't tell their WW2-themed aesthetics look absolutely stunning on this roadster's sublime and curvaceous body. At the front of the car a sculpted and re-angled nose hangs black-trimmed headlights above clear bullet-style parking lamps and Satin Black quick lifts. A riveted hood anchors a small "ROUSHCHARGED" scoop in front of locking latches and Satin Black windshield wipers. Behind that hood a tinted Backdraft-branded windshield hangs a small mirror and 'Jack Roush' branded wind wings in front of a tight top a Satin Black roll bar and a familiar Monza-style fuel filler. At the sides of the car monochromatic exhaust pipes ride below stylized Roush emblems color-keyed air extractors and 3M quarter guards. And at the back of the car black-trimmed tail lamps combine with a black tag light to illuminate a locking trunk handle and a second pair of Satin Black quick lifts.


Like most Roush-branded creations this Cobra features a supercharged and intercooled 4.6 liter Ford 'mod motor'. But unlike most run-of-the-mill Roush mod motors that engine installed by the pros at Speed Fanatix of Boynton Beach Florida makes an incredible 600 horsepower! The TVS Technology ROUSHcharger is an Eaton-style blower that successfully manages on-track temperatures thanks to an air-to-liquid intercooler. At the side of that blower a large induction system snakes around an Olive Green alternator and Aeromotive fuel componentry. Below that blower a high performance Roush intake complements satin fuel rails yellow Accel coil packs and Olive Green cam covers. At the front of that blower a lightweight aluminum radiator utilizes an Olive water neck and polished tubes to circulate coolant around a large puller fan and polished overflow tank. Even though Ford's go-to V8 is a very strong engine as is this one has been supplemented with a beefier cooling system and recalibrated ECM. Aesthetically the spotless mill features a typical OEM-level appearance that's set off by an array of clean accents. And when you twist its key you'd better be sure you've clicked your belts!


When it's time to put your hair in the wind forget about outdated Toploader 4-speeds because this modern-day Cobra blisters the pavement with a fresh Tremec TKO600 5-speed. That world-class transmission delivers power to a 3.46 limited-slip BMW rear end that creates whiplash-inducing acceleration while still allowing the car to loaf along at highway speeds. That drivetrain which is bolted to a hot-rolled rectangular steel ladder-type chassis sends power through the same BMW-sourced MacPherson strut front and fully independent rear suspension that's become a Backdraft hallmark. And thanks to that suspension's adjustable front stabilizer bar fully adjustable rear ride height and BMW power steering system you're getting a Cobra that has a performance threshold capable of humiliating much more expensive hardware. Brakes are drilled and slotted discs at all four corners that thanks to this car's featherweight construction are virtually impervious to fade. And there's simply nothing that looks better on a Cobra than a set of Halibrand-style wheels which spin aggressive Nitto radials around yellow Wilwood calipers.


P-51-branded bomber seats which are complete with 4-point Crow Enterprizes harnesses form the foundation for this roadster's interior; and are a massive aesthetic upgrade over the puffy shells you'll find in most replicas. In front of those seats a Vapor and Olive dash frames pushbutton start billet accessory knobs a snazzy Jack Roush signature and Moal aircraft-style gauges in a slick carbon fiber-look instrument panel. At the sides of that dash traditional fiberglass doors are covered in a rich combination of leather and suede. At the bottom of those doors vintage-look carpet which is protected by color-keyed Backdraft Racing floor mats frames billet foot pedals a leather-booted emergency brake and an attractive BDR shifter. In front of the driver a stylish wood steering wheel spins satin-finish spokes around a BDR horn button. And behind the passengers a fully finished trunk hides a Backdraft battery behind a surprisingly large amount of storage space.


The car's Backdraft Racing Roadster Manual
A component manual for the car's Vintage Air heating system

Professionally finished sinister to look at and frighteningly fast this cool Cobra delivers on all the promises made by its spectacular appearance. Looking for a reliable fully sorted thrill machine that's just as happy on the expressway as it is on the straightaway? You've found your next classic!