For Sale: 1965 Shelby Cobra in Charlotte, North Carolina

Vehicle Description

In the collector car world, stylish convertibles with incredible power usually command big attention and serious money. Need proof? Check out all those dual-quad Impalas and Sting Ray roadsters that routinely pull six-figure prices simply because they exist. That begs the question: how do you get breakneck performance that's wrapped in a jaw-dropping shell without draining your kid's college fund? Well, you take a serious look at a gem like this fantastic Backdraft Racing Cobra! A modern spin on a timeless sports car, this rad roadster mixes 427 cubic inches of brutal Roush small block with a tough Tremec 5-speed, BMW suspension components and jaw-dropping aesthetics. If you're in the market for a storied classic that's destined to lead the pack, you've found your pride and joy!


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, sublime Sterling Gray two-stage was trimmed with crisp Silver racing stripes and garnished with handsome, track-ready decals. 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.

Polished, sorted and ready to rock and roll, this Cobra is a carefully detailed stunner that's set for miles of smiles! That detailing begins with a sculpted and re-angled nose, which hangs stainless-trimmed Hella headlights over mesh grilles, amber parking lamps and polished quick lifts. A rivet-lined hood anchors a Roush-branded scoop between locking latches, a small Shelby roundel and polished stainless wipers. Behind those wipers, like-new glass hangs clear wind wings and dark-tint visors between a polished roll bar and a polished, bullet-style mirror. At the sides of the car, shielded pipes frame finned air extractors, stylish Ford emblems and a familiar Monza-style fuel filler. And at the back of the car, stacked tail lamps join a chrome tag light between a locking trunk handle, a second Shelby roundel and two more polished quick lifts.


Tilt this roadster's lightweight hood and you'll find a hot Roush Performance 427 R small block that twists a heady 550 horsepower into 535 lb./ft. of tire-killing torque! Built from the ground up as your ticket to major acceleration and insane speed, this stout mill is founded on an iron block, a steel crank, a roller cam, H-beam connecting rods and forged aluminum pistons. At the top of the surly engine, a polished and milled air cleaner floats breeze through an electronically choked Holley carburetor. That carb, propped on a phenolic spacer, feeds an Edelbrock Victor Jr. 351W intake, which is seated between lightweight aluminum heads. Those CNC-massaged caps hide tough hydraulic roller lifters under a polished breather and trick Roush valve covers. Fire is provided by an MSD Blaster SS coil, which is connected to an MSD distributor and loomed Roush plug wires. Cooling comes courtesy of a lightweight radiator, which fronts a big electric puller fan, polished tubes and a polished expansion tank. Ceramic-coated headers evacuate spent gases into the aforementioned side-pipes. At the front of the block, billet pulleys spin a polished Edelbrock water pump next to a polished Powermaster alternator. And the dyno-tuned engine features a roster of well-planned details, including braided fuel lines, a deep-sump oil pan and a Powermaster high-torque mini starter.


Rule number one of hot rodding: an excellent drivetrain isn't worth the metal it's built from unless it's paired with a competent chassis. Behind this Cobra's hot powerplant, a proven Tremec 5-speed, tailored with a Quick Time bellhousing and a fresh McLeod clutch, spins a BMW limited-slip rear end that ensures whiplash-inducing acceleration while still allowing the car to loaf along at highway speeds. That drivetrain, 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. Those fully adjustable bones are led by BMW-sourced rack-and-pinion steering. Stops are provided by power-assisted discs that, thanks to the car's featherweight construction, are virtually impervious to fade. And there's simply nothing that looks better on a Cobra than a set of sweet Trigo Knock-Offs!


Between the doors, it's all purpose all the time, as French-stitched vinyl and fresh carpet culminate in a simple yet attractive driving environment. Front and center, Backdraft-branded buckets pin soft pleats under 4-point Crow Enterprizes safety harnesses. A covered and stitched dash hangs sedate AutoMeter telemetry and a locking glovebox above a polished fire extinguisher and slim Backdraft Racing pedals. Below that dash, an angled Cobra shifter pivots between a polished hand brake and plush Backdraft Racing floor mats. The driver carves curves through a classy Moto-Lita steering wheel. And everything stays dry thanks to a color-keyed tonneau cover.

There simply aren't that many chances to own a first class sport car - especially at this money. With its modern chassis, proven 5-speed and exceptional Roush power, this Cobra is guaranteed to be a blast to drive. Looking to add a little fire to your arsenal? Open the garage and unleash this Backdraft!


Thrilling Backdraft Racing Cobra that's fully sorted and ready to rock

427 cubic inch Roush Performance 427 R crate engine

550 dyno-proven horsepower and 535 lb./ft. of dyno-proven torque

Tremec TKO600 5-speed manual transmission

Backdraft Racing BMW-sourced limited-slip rear axle

Backdraft Racing BMW-sourced power rack-and-pinion steering

Backdraft Racing BMW-sourced 4-wheel power disc brakes

Backdraft Racing ladder-type chassis with a BMW-sourced fully independent suspension

French-stitched vinyl interior with four-point safety harnesses

Sale includes a color-keyed tonneau cover

Backdraft Racing fiberglass body with Sterling Gray paint

Silver racing stripes, competition-style decals and Paint Protection Film

18-inch Trigo Knock-Off Wheels

Side-pipe exhaust with ceramic coated headers and pipes

All RK Motors vehicles receive a comprehensive, multi-point inspection

We can arrange shipment of your purchase anywhere in the world

Vehicle Details

  • 1965 Shelby Cobra
  • Listing ID: CC-1625138
  • Price: $82,900
  • Location:Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Year:1965
  • Make:Shelby
  • Model:Cobra
  • Exterior Color:Sterling Gray
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:13639
  • Stock Number:137361
Listed By:
RK Motors Charlotte
7600 Statesville Road
Suite H
Charlotte, NC 28269

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