1965 Shelby Cobra Factory 5 Roadster - SOLD
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This is one of the finest Cobras we’ve ever featured.

Beautifully built Factory 5 Cobra. Fuel injected 306, World Class T5 5-speed, power steering, Koni coil-overs, 4-wheel disc brakes, 17-inch wheels. Built using 100% new parts, nothing used. Exceptional craftsmanship, fast yet civilized for a Cobra.

The guy who built this car is one of those talented people who just knows how to do things. We sold a 1963 Thunderbird he restored that was one of the best-driving old cars we’ve ever experienced, and he just finished a custom off-roader that he created from scratch. That’s exactly the guy you want building your Cobra. The Factory 5 cars are quite well engineered, delivering an authentic feel with a few smart upgrades that make them easier to live with. Finish quality on the fiberglass bodywork is excellent, with tight gaps and doors that fit properly, and the Glacier Blue paint on top has a traditional Cobra look. And be sure to check out how the Wimbledon White stripes wrap around to the underside of the hood and trunk lid—a nice detail that is a great example of the care that went into the build. The Cobra details are right, too, from the jacking stubs at both ends to the single roll hoop to the small wind wings that really do make a difference in interior comfort. The build was finished several years ago and has about 15,000 miles on the clock, but it remains in great shape, with the lone demerits being some checking in one of the stripes on the trunk lid and a tiny star-shaped mark on the rear fender from a stone kicked up by the rear tire. This is one of the finest Cobras we’ve ever featured.

Low-back buckets are always the right choice in a Cobra, with these wearing correct patterns and just enough support to keep you in place during spirited driving. The big wood rimmed steering wheel looks like a vintage Shelby piece and the forward-canted shifter works well. Modern Omega gauges have a traditional look and use GPS to measure speed—a cool high-tech touch. The switchgear is from a Mustang to give it a vintage feel and the turn signals are activated by microswitches to the left of the steering column. Cupholders and a radio may seem anachronistic in a Cobra, but remember this one was built to be driven like a real car and it’s a lot more civilized than most. 4-point harnesses for driver and passenger keep everyone in place and note the little stuff like the leather check straps on the doors, the boot on the E-brake handle, and the cowl-mounted rear-view mirror. The car comes with a full tonneau and the trunk is fully finished and houses the Optima battery.

Small block Cobras aren’t a new thing, but with fuel injection on top of a 306 cubic inch crate motor, this one is a lot more user-friendly than one with a quartet of Webers. Turn the key and it starts instantly, idles properly, and never gets fussy. With aluminum heads, an upgraded cam, and those side pipes, it sounds suitably wicked, and most folks won’t realize that there isn’t a 427 under the hood. Factory hardware helps reliability, including the accessory drive, ignition system, and all the wiring, which comes from Ford Motorsports. As I mentioned, power steering is part of the deal, making this Cobra easy for anyone to handle, even at low speeds, and there’s a massive radiator up front to keep things cool. A heavy-duty clutch feeds a Tremec World Class T5 5-speed manual transmission and a set of 3.73 gears in the 8.8 axle out back, making this Cobra incredibly punchy on the street. The tubular ladder chassis is just the way Ol’ Shel used to build them, although the coil-over suspension and giant disc brakes are superior to anything being used in the ‘60s. Factory 17-inch Mustang wheels look like traditional Torque Thrusts and carry 245/45/17 Firestone rubber at all four corners.

Documentation includes receipts, manuals, the Factory 5 assembly manual, and other build notes.

80% of a Cobra isn’t the kit itself, it’s who built it. This car is incredibly well built with attention to detail in areas where you might not even notice. It uses rugged, proven parts, and if you want more power it’s just a phone call away because all the Mustang 5.0 parts will bolt right on. Why build your own when this stunning Cobra is so affordable? Call today!

Note: this car is titled as a 2015 Assembled Vehicle.

Harwood Motors always recommends and welcomes personal or professional inspections of any vehicle in our inventory prior to purchase.

Vehicle: 1965 Shelby Cobra Factory 5 Roadster
Price: SOLD
Stock Number: 118065
Odometer Reading: 15,271
VIN: DPS15FORD18053915
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Gear Ratio: 3.73
Wheelbase: 92 inches
Wheels: 17-inch aluminum wheels
Tires: 245/45/17 Firestone radials
Exterior Color: Glacier Blue
Interior Color: Black leather
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