1965 Shelby Cobra
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1965 Shelby Cobra Factory Five Replica
“The Factory Five Mk4 Roadster is the world's best-selling, best-engineered, and best-performing replica of all time.” –Factory Five Racing
The Factory Five body and frame is only the starting point for these Cobra replicas. What separates the outstanding Cobra from the many that are simply average (and some that should probably never have been built) is the nature of the drivetrain components, and the quality of the assembly work. Discriminating buyers will want the details—all of the details—before deciding whether to make a purchase.
In this spirit, the remainder of this description—together with the over 200 detailed photographs on our website, Garage Kept Motors—comprise all the factual information the original owner (an engineer) documented concerning this remarkable 1999 build honoring the legendary Cobra.
Carroll Shelby fans, read on…
The engine (installed two years ago):
Every component chosen for such a build is important, but none is more crucial than the engine. The powerplant here is virtually new, with only 1,900 miles of use. It is a Levy Racing (of Arizona) Stage V 408 (a 351W stroked to 408 cubic-inches) producing a tire-shredding 540 horsepower and 550 foot-pounds of torque. Among the engine's features: black-painted block and 8-quart oil pan with satin-black powder-coated intake manifold; Levy Racing polished aluminum valve covers; QuickFuel 750 cfm double-pumper carburetor; MSD ignition with rev limiter; high-output chrome alternator; polished aluminum March pulleys; polished stainless-steel fuel line from tank to mechanical fuel pump; and custom-fabricated (to ensure the exhaust exits the car at precisely the same point on both sides) stainless-steel exhaust headers connecting to polished stainless-steel Gas-N Performance side pipes. Cooling is provided by a Levy Racing “Big” aluminum radiator and two electric fans controlled by thermostat relay.
The 5-speed manual transmission is a Levy Racing Super Alloy T5 model featuring a .73 fifth gear; a QuickTime bell housing is in place, as is a drive-shaft safety loop, and all are powder-coated glossy black. The driveshaft itself is chrome moly.
Brakes and suspension:
The car's chassis is entirely powder-coated in glossy black. Its front suspension is a Levy Racing bump-steer street kit and features pin-drive and pin-drive-width powder-coated control arms, FlamingRiver quick-ratio steering rack, and special Levy Racing-modified Koni single-adjustable coil-over shock absorbers with Eibach springs. The rear suspension is a red-powder-coated five-link Levy Racing affair (because a Factory Five three-link or a stock Mustang four-link system would not have been able to handle the car's horsepower) with Levy Racing adjustable lower control arms, the same shocks as up front, and a powder-coated black Mustang 8.8-inch, 3:27/1 ratio solid rear axle. To answer an obvious question as to the absence of an individual rear suspension in favor of the solid axle, the owner points out the setup on the car favors faster standing-start acceleration, as well as, from the owner's experience, better behavior on the track as well.
The brake setup employs a custom Wilwood master cylinder with 4-piston Wilwood calipers and 12.2-inch rotors front and rear, and features polished stainless-steel brake lines. This choice was made over a number of setups commonly used on heavier Mustangs which, on this far lighter car, would result in nose-diving under hard braking. (The careful observer will note the character of the brake-line bends as but one indication of the overall build quality.) Halibrand 15-inch authentic pin-drive wheels (not lug nuts hiding behind fake spinner caps) from Vintage Wheels, Inc. are mounted with Cooper Cobra white-letter tires.
Body, paint, and interior amenities:
“The Mk4 Roadster is designed to accurately reproduce the looks of the legendary 427 Cobra®, keeping its essence intact while using modern technology, parts and materials to improve performance, reliability and comfort.” – Factory Five Racing
This Factory Five Mark IV roadster body features a classic Shelby combination: metallic Viper (another snake!) blue paint with white painted-on racing stripes. The white stripes were painted first, with the blue layered over the edges, then several coats of clear were used as a top coat for a seam free finish. The photographs show the outstanding overall condition of the paint, no doubt due in part to an Invisa-Shield coating installed on the nose of the car. The interior features black leather seats with seat heaters, a drivers side dropped foot box, custom 8-speaker sound system with 400-watt MPX amplifier (located in the trunk) and a sub-woofer behind the driver's seat, Pioneer head unit with CD player and XM Radio. Simpson racing harnesses are installed and a wood-rim steering wheel is also in place. Carpeting is the original looped style with all edges bound. The gauges are the original “Smith's” package. The trunk is fully carpeted.
Without question, this is a “1-of-1” Shelby. We suppose it's conceivable that interested enthusiasts may still have a question or two about this stunning build. If so, by all means get in touch. But don't wait too long. “1-of-1” means—just like the car's mind-boggling performance—when it's gone… it's gone.
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