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Without doubt, Carroll Shelby’s thundering AC Ace-derived Cobra remains the single most important American performance icon of the 20th Century. As the tip of the spear that vaulted Ford Motor Company’s Total Performance corporate racing program onto the international stage during the early 1960s, the Cobra marked a crucial step in Ford’s eventual dominance over archrival Ferrari. Stateside, the Cobra – initially with 289 small-block power – quickly ruled SCCA road-racing competition, with Shelby’s ace drivers Dave MacDonald and Ken Miles beating the Corvette contingent to take a 1-2 victory at Riverside in January 1963. Quickly redeveloped into ultimate big-block form with 427 power by Ken Miles, the Cobra continued its winning ways through 1973, followed by countless wins in historic racing ever since. Even by today’s jaded standards, the 427 Cobra’s brutal performance, menacing presence, and unforgettably visceral driving experience combine in a sensory overload that cannot be duplicated and must be experienced by anyone claiming to be a true sports-car enthusiast. Expensive and highly coveted when new, Shelby’s big-block Cobras were never truly mass-produced, with demand far outstripping available supply. Since Shelby production ceased, hard-core enthusiasts seeking the ultimate power trip fuelled demand for new Cobras, a trend that continues today.
This top-notch Factory Five Racing 1965 Cobra Replica is an outstanding case in point and a thrilling find at No Reserve. Based on a stout Factory Five Racing chassis and featuring body and paint work with more than 5,000 man-hours alone, this stunning Cobra is powered by a blueprinted 2005 GM LS2 V-8 engine based on an all-aluminum cylinder block and heads, tritium rods, 247 heads, breathing deeply through twin 60-mm turbochargers with intercooling and a Chevy computer management tuning system. Power output is massive, with 822 horsepower to the rear wheels on readily available 94-octane pump gas with 8 lbs to 14 lbs of turbo boost on tap. A 6-speed Tremec manual transmission with a dual-disc clutch delivers the power to a 3-link rear suspension system locating an 8.8-inch rear end with 3.231 gears and Moser axles.
The Cobra’s businesslike cockpit features a custom Classic Instruments gauge cluster, quick-release wood grain steering wheel, hidden kill switch, air conditioning and heat, a roll bar and 5-point harnesses. Driving dynamics are incredible, in keeping with the Cobra’s awesome forward thrust, thanks to 4-wheel Wilwood manual disc brakes, precise power rack-and-pinion steering gear, adjustable coil over shocks, and Hoosier racing tires measuring 295 X 18 front and 330 X 19 rear on ZR magnesium rims. Fuel is delivered from an 11.4-gallon tank and an additional fuel pump kicks in at full boost. The Cobra’s fuel economy is surprisingly good with 24 to 27 MPG on the freeway with a light touch on the accelerator pedal according to the Consignor. Topping it all off is a very special, scratch-resistant five-point clear coat system covered by a transferable 2-year warranty.
While this car is certainly not intended for amateur drivers with its incredible power, specification, and performance – including acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in as little as 2.6 seconds – it wil