For Sale: 1965 Factory Five Cobra in Charlotte, North Carolina

Vehicle Description

Historically, Cobras were built with a singular focus. They were designed to get around a track as fast as possible without breaking anything in the process. But, as the Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said, "Everything changes, and nothing stands still". These days, Cobras have evolved to not only be great track cars, but also great investments, storied show cars and exceptionally fun cruisers. That said, there are still plenty of show worthy classics that were purpose built to kick asphalt at the track. This fully sorted Factory Five roadster combines charming aesthetics with 4.6 liters of spirited Mod Motor, a tough Tremec 5-speed and countless performance upgrades that make the car an excellent track day weapon. Looking for a top-notch Cobra that's ready to rock and roll? Look no further than this sinister snake!


Factory Five Racing has long been applauded for their great fiberglass work, and this Cobra is no exception. The car's virtually flawless profile, modeled on two well-known Shelby classics, is a one-piece, hand-laid Vinylester shell that was laminated to 3/16ths, CNC trimmed and covered in a .015-inch gel coat. That gel lays excellent groundwork for deep black two-stage. And today, this super slick roadster is a head-turning classic that's ready for the track, the boulevard or the show!

Speaking of sophistication, crude detailing is often the downfall of an otherwise excellent build. Not so with this MK3, as every aspect of its design enhances Shelby's innate style and appeal. At the front of the car, stainless-trimmed headlights join bullet-style parking lamps to frame Gloss Black Quick Lifts. Behind those torches, a lightweight hood arcs a small scoop between polished latches and hydraulic supports. A polished, bullet-style racing mirror reflects a chrome-trimmed windscreen between tinted visors, powder-coated roll bars and clear wind wings. Beneath those wings, coated side-pipes frame monochromatic heat extractors. And at the back of the car, sinuous quarters hang chrome-trimmed taillights between a polished, Monza-style fuel filler, polished deck hardware and two more Gloss Black Quick Lifts.


Tilt the bonnet and this Shelby transforms from classic to state-of-the-art in the blink of an eye. Looking completely natural between slick Black fenders is a 4.6 liter SOHC V8 that, sourced directly from a Ford Mustang, makes an easy 300 horsepower! You see, the key to a great resto-mod is taking the virtues of a classic factory design and incorporating modern mechanical elements that are as stylish as they are seamless. And nowhere is that philosophy more evident than in this Cobra's simplistic engine bay. A long-time thoroughbred of Ford's performance car stables, this trusty 'mod motor' utilizes forged pistons, 3-valve heads, high performance cams and a lightweight aluminum block to create an unbeatable combination of smooth cruising and spirited performance. Twist the key and the cylinders rumble to life, singing baritone notes through long headers. Goose the throttle and a factory-style intake, positioned behind a beefy aluminum radiator, zings the engine toward redline. Drop the clutch and the car settles into an anxious gait, backing killer speed with docile street manners. And choice detailing includes a billet oil cap, K&N breathers, an electric puller fan and tasteful Aeromotive fuel rails that are managed by a quality Holley regulator.


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 tough Tremec 5-speed spins 3.55 gears that, thanks to a limited-slip differential, ensure whiplash-inducing acceleration while still allowing the car to loaf along at highway speeds. That taut drivetrain pushes a fully powder-coated chassis that's finished with a fully independent suspension. Those bones, finished with tubular arms and Koni coil-over-shocks, turn tight thanks to manual rack-and-pinion steering. Stops are provided by choice Wilwood calipers, which milk a Wilwood master cylinder to squeeze 20 pistons around a quartet of slotted rotors. And power meets the pavement through blue-trimmed WedsSport wheels, which twist 245/45ZR17 Michelin Pilot Sports in front of 275/40ZR17 Michelin Pilot Sports.


Between the doors, it's all purpose all the time, as durable fabric and fade-free carpet culminate in a simple yet attractive driving environment. Front and center, sculpted Sparco EVO buckets pin big bolsters under four-point Simpson harnesses. Looking forward, a carbon fiber dash frames crisp AutoMeter Pro-Comp Ultra-Lite telemetry. The driver carves curves through a sporty Sparco steering wheel and a short, Cobra-branded shifter. And the car's tidy trunk hides serious Redline Fuel Management above a recessed battery.

A track ready Cobra that's civil enough to parade down Main Street, who says you can't have your cake and eat it too? Don't miss your opportunity to own this spectacular Factory Five roadster!


Awesome Factory Five Racing Cobra that's fully sorted and ready to hit the track

4.6 liter Ford SOHC V8 with 3-valve heads and 300 horsepower

Tremec 5-speed manual transmission

Limited-slip differential and 3.55 gears

Rack-and-pinion steering

Wilwood 4-wheel disc brakes

Powder-coated Factory Five Racing chassis

Fully independent suspension with Koni coil-over-shocks

Cloth interior with Sparco EVO seats

4-point Simpson harnesses and powder-coated roll bars

Factory Five Racing fiberglass body

17-inch WedsSport wheels

Coated side-pipe exhaust

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Vehicle Details

  • 1965 Factory Five Cobra
  • Listing ID: CC-1635745
  • Price: $59,900
  • Location:Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Year:1965
  • Make:Factory Five
  • Model:Cobra
  • Exterior Color:Black
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:1526
  • Stock Number:137384
  • VIN:F5R1005457RD
Listed By:
RK Motors Charlotte
7600 Statesville Road
Suite H
Charlotte, NC 28269

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