1965 AC Cobra 427 S/C Replica
Encouraged by the Ford Motor Company, the late, great Carroll Shelby used
his Cobra brainchild to challenge the might of Ferrari in international GT
racing, and succeeded in wresting the World Championship from the Italian
manufacturer in 1965, not to mention a spectacular and historic 1-2-3 win
at Le Mans.
Now, regarded as one of the all-time great classic sports cars, the
muscular, fire-breathing Cobra succeeded in capturing the hearts of
enthusiasts like few of its contemporaries. The car's enduring popularity
has resulted in its revival by many manufacturers with accurate and
cost-effective replicas of the car now valued at $800,000+, yet delivering
most of the wild driving experience.
The car offered is one such Cobra 427ci replica.
Starting with the heart of any Cobra, the engine is a 1968 Ford 351
Cleveland, built to the following spec:
Bored & Hones 0.040 over
Line Bored for 0.10 Over Bearings
Crankshaft tuned and balanced
New Bearings, Freeze Plugs & Seals in block
New Crane Cam & Hydraulic Lifters
New Timing Chain & Gears
New Oil Pump & Pick Up
New Oil Pressure Sender Switch
Aluminium Racing Oil, Braided Lines, Remote Oil Filter
New Pilot Bearing in crank
New Water Pump
New TRW Valves, Springs, Guides & Retainers
New Rocker Arms & Push Rods
New Aluminium Cobra Air Filter Assembly
New Holly Aluminium Valve Covers & Oil Breathers
New Edelbrock Aluminium Torker II Intake Manifold
New Holly Carb (600 or 650)
New Holly High Performance Electric Fuel Pump
New Thermostat, Housing and Sender
New Accell Distributor Assembly
Rebuilt Starter Motor
Lightened and Balanced Flywheel
Aluminium Bell Housing
New McLeod Clutch & Pressure Plates
New McLeod Hydraulic T/O assembly
Aluminium Hot Coated Custom Headers & Side Pipes
Aluminized Heat Barrier
Electric Fan & Large Radiator
This is mated to a rebuilt Ford 4-speed Top Loader with Hurst Competition
Plus Linkage with Hardened Steel Shift Kit.
Front Suspension is Ford Mustang II with disc brakes. At the back is a
Lincoln Versaise 9inch with disc brakes. The car rides on new KYB Gas
Shocks at each corner and has stabilizer bars, front and rear.
Wheels are PS Engineering GT40 Aluminium with locks and shod with BF
Goodrich P235-60 SR15s at the front and 295-50R 15s at the rear.
Paint is Glasurit Black and in good condition. There are a couple of
blemishes around the car and one spider web type crack on the rear fender.
Decked out to look like a Cobra S/C competition car, it draws a crowd
The interior is a Custom Procar tan leather on seats, door panels and
dash. There is some very minor wear, but no tears and they are soft and
supple, and in good condition. A leather steering wheel with Cobra emblem
matches the leather Cobra gear knob. The Essex Custom Carpet kit in the
car and trunk is also in good condition with very minor wear, conducive
with age and mileage.
Safety equipment includes Deist 3-point racing harnesses and a fire
extinguisher. There is a Clifford anti-theft alarm system on the car as
well as a removable battery kill-switch. Roll bar is chrome.
An Alpine CD Radio plays through 4” Boston Acoustic speakers in front and
6.5” speakers in the rear.
The car was originally professionally built in 2009, and now shows a
little over 10,000 miles. The overall condition of the car is very good.
The paint is good, brightwork is excellent, wheels are scuff free, etc.
The interior also follows the same settled build timeline with minor wear
to the seat and carpet surfaces, but in overall very good condition.
The car drives very well. The engine is powerful and responsive and is
audibly satisfying through the inimitable Cobra accessory of side pipes.
Brakes, suspension and steering all feel taut.
Here’s a great opportunity to own one of the greatest icons of American
automotive muscle at 5% of the price of the real thing, but 100% of the