1965 Shelby Cobra


In 1965, amid stiff competition and whimsical homologation rules, Shelby attempted a total domination of the FIA GT series by installing a massive Ford 427 in a completely re-engineered AC chassis. While this creation was a bit crude at the time, it possessed all the organically frightening charm of a bare-knuckle collector car. And, even though initial public sales were a bit of a letdown, authentic 427 S/C’s would eventually bring millions at auction. Today, over 50 years later, big block Cobras are some of the most valuable cars ever produced. And in the mid-1980s, Las Vegas’s Shelby American decided to honor the icon by authorizing a lightly updated generation dubbed CSX4000. Like most premier classics, a great story is part of this Shelby’s standard equipment. In 2006, when the car’s first owner saw Carroll Shelby in the lobby of a West Palm Beach hotel, he lamented his decision not purchase a Cobra back in the ’60s. Shelby’s reply was predictably cool. With the quick passing of a business card, he simply said “We still make them”. And the rest, as they say, is big-bore, high-octane history! Fully balanced, the car’s all-aluminum ‘Side Oiler’ big block features an increased bore that transforms a whopping 482 cubic inches of displacement into 705 dyno-proven horsepower! That buff 427 twists torque to a tough Tremec TKO600 5-speed. That drivetrain rides a 4-inch tube frame and fully independent suspension that help keep the car’s weight below 2,400 pounds. At the corners, vented discs combine with dual-piston Shelby calipers to provide confidence-inspiring stops. Modern rack-and-pinion steering makes low speed parking almost as easy as high speed sweeps. And power meets the pavement via Shelby-branded knock-offs, which spin Goodyear Eagle Sport Car Specials. With impressive performance, classic looks and incredible provenance, this pristine roadster provides unmatched exclusivity. Call, click or visit http://RKMotorsCharlotte.com for more information.

Price in USD: 229000

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Year: 1965
Make: Shelby
Model: Cobra
Drivetrain: Manual
Engine: 8 Cylinders
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