1965 Cobra 427sc proper reproduction, vintage race eligible, unobtainium parts
- Condition: Used
- Make: Shelby
- Model: Cobra 427sc
- Type: Convertible
- Year: 1965
- Mileage: 884
- VIN: BUD6001
- Color: Blue
- Engine size: 428 FE, Aluminum heads, Roller Cam
- Number of cylinders: 8
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Manual
- Drive type: RWD
- Interior color: Black
- Drive side: Left-hand drive
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1965 Shelby Cobra 427sc
Here is my Reproduction 1965 Shelby Cobra 427sc for vintage racing that is also registered for street use and titled as a 1965 Cobra. I knew of this exact car for years before I had the chance to acquire it. It was built using original components where ever possible and is a correct replica of a 427sc Cobra. The gentleman had passed away and apparently had a large stash of unobtanium parts for Cobras and this is the only car he assembled. It is very well executed with a 428FE engine, 4spd top loader, and the correct Salisbury diff. The suspension, Girling brakes, shocks, etc is all correct as to the original cars. The frame and its birdcage are also correct throughout. The seats are even the correct construction. So you'll make friends with a Cobra restorer if you need some fiddly bits. The doors were said to come off an original car and the car has mostly aluminum bodywork.
There is little you can take away from this car and I have been very particular about having a rock solid platform. The car recently was corner weighted and came is at 2,624 lbs wet with no driver and the weight bias is 49.9% front and 50.1% rear. Sweet! There are a few items that will need to be added for vintage racing legality and or preference and I would be happy to go over that with you. Of course the car is very enjoyable on the street exactly as is.
The car is running a wet sump 428 FE engine that I had done by my racing engine builder who has built numerous road racing V8's for me in the past. It uses a period 428 block that I had built as a gentleman's racer so that I could get away with playing on the street too. It is a tick over 11 to 1 compression with aluminum heads and has a hydraulic roller camshaft so you can still use pump gas. The valvetrain was built with custom pushrods, and utilized precision oil pump's rocker shaft support blocks so all rockers are in double sheer, the rocker shafts are also machined cro-moly upgrades, the pan is baffled with trap doors and sump kick outs for high capacity and a windage tray for road racing. The oil system is looked after for flow and is naturally using a far higher quality/capacity pump. Remote oil filter and Earles oil cooler as well. I have period iron heads that also come with it. The engine has less than 2 hours on it on the street for break in and is on its first oil change after the break in oil so is dead fresh. The ignition is an original Mallory dual point distributor currently with electronic points and I have the curve dialed in beautifully. I also have the mechanical points which may be swapped. I would conservatively put the horsepower in the low to mid 500s with a metric crapload of torque. The flywheel was lightened and its using a centerforce sigle disc multifriction clutch, so it holds the power, but is manageable because again who wants something you can't play with on the street? That's called a paperweight.
You can enjoy the car exactly the way it sits of course. If street driving and collecting is your thing, you could add a proper spare tire, and acquire side curtains and bows for the soft top (a soft top comes with it), and maybe have a tonneau made for it. That would put it over the top in terms of really going the whole nine yards for authenticity. There is a nice reproduction original manual and tool bag with original tools that go with it.
When this car is gone, I very much doubt you or I will ever come across a more authentic reproduction Cobra, unless you want to pony up for a CSX car. I'm selling as most of my free time goes to the non-profit my wife and I lead and am thinking of getting an interesting car we can travel in more. As a note, I've been a vintage road-racer for 12 years now and a lifetime collector. Naturally, will be happy to go over the car in detail with you. Call Casey at (614) 832-8728