1965 Shelby Cobra
More Than A Replica
Offered here is one of the most iconic cars ever produced by one of the top reproduction manufacturers. The original 1965 Shelby Cobra's were the fastest cars ever produced at the time, but this one is faster. And more fun to drive. This 1965 E.R.A. (Exact Replica Automobiles) Cobra S/C 427 Roadster Replica is top class in fit and finish. It was built in the factory in New Britain, Connecticut, not in an enthusiasts garage. Since the 80's, E.R.A. has been recreating Shelby's 427 S/C Cobras in EXACT form. When first unveiled, the car was so perfect in original representation that Car and Drive Magazine published a road test article praising its credibility and attention to detail. It was viewed as not just a kit car but a build that continued the Carroll Shelby's incredible legacy.
This 1965 Shelby 427 S/C Cobra by E.R.A. was ordered new by Dr. Burnette of Kalamazoo, Michigan. It is stamped E.R.A. No. 412 and was factory finished in beautiful Midnight Blue in 1995. The 427 engine was sourced and professionally built in Texas. It is a genuine FE Ford block that was delivered directly to the E.R.A. factory to be installed in this Cobra. The original build featured leather, heavy duty cooling fan, heat shields, powder coated chassis, rack and pinion steering, bonded body floors and foot box, seat tracks, glove box, ceramic coated black side pipes, aluminum engine compartment, correct bent shifter, trunk mounted battery, original-like Smith counter gauges, and pin-drive Halibrand Cobra cast knock-off wheels. This Cobra also features four corner independent suspension. SPAX coil-over shocks and springs with adjustable ride height, a professional built Jaguar racing independent rear suspension with the Salisbury center section identical to the one used in the original Cobra.
In 1997, Dr. Burnette had the engine professionally built up. Here's what he had done: authentic 427 side oiler, bored the block .01 over, displacement to 456ci/500-plus hp, upgraded pistons, Malvix steel crank, Carroll Shelby autographed aluminum heads, Competition cam with Ford performance roller rockers, Accusump installed, MSD ignition, NASCAR connecting rods, Doug Nash 5-Speed transmission, seamless double roller chain, triple index gear, solid lifters, and fire suppression system. Dr. Burnette sold the car in 2016 to our client. He recorded 2,974 miles in his original ownership. The car now reads 4,822 miles since 1995. It has been owned, stored, and driven with meticulous care. It comes with everything in the photos: thick folder of receipts and build information, books, manuals, car cover, soft top, and tonneau cover.
E.R.A. gives the best of both worlds: a visually correct reproduction combined with technological upgrades making the driving experience even better than the originals. The chassis is strengthened over the original design and stiffened to reduce body shake. The upgraded suspension produces excellent handling and smooth ride not available by other “replicas.” You can find many other Cobra kits out there, and with all of them, you get what you pay for. However, E.R.A. is a no-budget, no-expense spared build that will out-look and out-perform the lot. This 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C by E.R.A No. 412 will not disappoint. It is near perfect from top to bottom, and will continue to climb in value as builds of this quality have become investment pieces. Be sure to check out over 150 photos and video of the car starting/running on our main website: Garage Kept Motors. Call if interested or e-mail any questions. Thank you for your interest.