1965 Shelby Cobra
1965 Cobra Roadster, V8, 5 Speed, Black Beauty!
The Backdraft Roadster has been extensively developed and refined over many years as a race proven, high performance sports car. With 60's styling and the use of a modern independent suspension it provides the ultimate in styling and drivability. It offers lightning quick performance, sure-footed handling, compliant ride comfort and excellent braking ability in a well rounded package that is unrivaled for quality and value.
The body is a high quality, one-piece GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) molding, with extra reinforcing at the wheel arches. Each body is assembled on a rotating jig which allows access to all parts of the mold. After the molds are polished and prepared with a release agent a polyester gel coat is applied. Before the fiberglass is applied to the mold, strategic areas of the body are hand reinforced with fiber mat. Certain areas of the body are also reinforced with steel inserts to complete the preparation for the fiberglass. The fiberglass which is combined with a catalyzed resin is then shot onto the mold surface at a controlled rate. When the body has finished curing it is removed from the mold and placed in a separate jig for the installation of the tub. The floor, transmission tunnel, fire wall, front inner wheel wells and luggage compartment are laminated into the main body molding in a jig to ensure accuracy, rigidity and strength. The engine bay and front inner fenders are finished in white gel coat for a smooth appearance, durability and ease of cleaning and maintenance.
Engine and Transmission -
A Ford Racing 302 V8 making approximately 400 Horsepower ensures that this Cobra has plenty of bite. Coupled to a Tremec T-5, shifting is smooth and precise.
Front Suspension -
The front suspension used on the roadster features a cast lower wishbone with a McPherson style coil over strut. The strut has been custom fabricated to suit the needs of the Roadster. An adjustable stabilizer bar which assists with the overall fine tuning of the car's handling is used. The car comes standard with a rack and pinion type steering system with 4 turns lock to lock as the standard ratio. The steering column is made from high quality stainless steel tubing connecting to a CNC machined billet aluminum steering boss.
Rear Suspension -
Setting the power safely to the ground is handled by a centrally guided multilink rear suspension. The independent rear suspension offers camber and toe adjustments. It is also fully height adjustable which makes it easier to fine tune for street and track use. The suspension has proven itself both on and off the race track. In conjunction with the front coil over struts you are guaranteed a thrilling driving experience.
The roadster features power disc brakes on all four corners. The calipers used are all single piston calipers supplied by ATE. The calipers are fed from a vacuum assisted booster with a dual stroke master cylinder.
- Oil Cooler with Fans
- Hurst Shifter
- Wood Rim Steering Wheel
- OEM Style Gauges
- Simpson Four-Point Seat Belts
- Leather Interior
- 17" Halibrand Knock-Off Wheels
- Stainless Quick Jacks
- Stainless Side Pipes
- Powder Coated Frame
This Cobra runs extremely well and has a distinct sound that is unmistakable. The House of Colors Black with White Stripes provides a beautiful yet menacing finish.
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