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1965 Graphite Gray Shelby Cobra

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Lithia Springs, GA   30122 Model Year: 1965 Mileage: 8615
VIN: MI9986A181C040901 Engine Displacement:
Exterior Color: Gray Transmission: 5 Speed Manual
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Cobras are special to just about everyone, and seeing one on the road is always an event. Even if you don't know a thing about cars, you know that this 1965 Cobra replica is a fast car. Built by Superformance, one of the leading Cobra manufacturers, this gorgeous silver roadster packs a 475 horsepower 408 stroker for brutal acceleration and a level of fit and finish that you rarely see on modern Cobras.

Without knocking your knuckles on the car's skin, you'd be hard-pressed to tell this one from an original. That shimmering silver paint job might be designed to look like aluminum, and it sure attracts a lot of attention. Superformance is one of the most accurate Cobra manufacturers and they took great pains to get the shape exactly right before they started pulling molds. As a result, this super slick little roadster looks like a million bucks, with great lines and an awesome shine that definitely makes it stand out. The two-stage paint job wears black Lemans stripes and you can see the attention to detail in the way the stripes wrap around the grille opening and into the trunk. The heavy-duty fiberglass is a lot more durable than the fragile aluminum originals and thanks to years and years of development, Superformance knows how to build one that stays looking fresh, even when used as intended. Other authentic pieces include the lightweight bumperettes, the chrome hoop behind the driver, and correct Lucas-style taillights.

They nailed the interior as well, with supportive black buckets that really grab and hold you while you're running hard. That's pretty convincing vinyl on the seats and dash, and the overall look is extremely good with just minor signs of use since it was completed. Full carpets help control noise and heat and a wood-rimmed Shelby steering wheel adds a period-perfect touch. Correct Smiths gauges, including a reverse-rotation speedometer, are part of the Superformance package that makes this car feel extremely authentic from behind the wheel. The forward-canted shifter was actually a Mustang piece that the Shelby engineers reversed to make it work in the Cobra, although in this car's case, it's connected to a Tremec 3550 5-speed instead of the usual Toploader 4-gear. No heater, no radio, nothing that gets in the way of performance, which is just the way God and Ol' Shel himself intended. The trunk is rather nicely finished in black carpets that are neatly tailored to fit just right.

Cobras will accept just about any engine you can imagine, but the one everyone expects to see is a Ford V8. This is a 408 cubic inch stroker motor, built from a 351 Windsor block. With an oval air cleaner and Ford Motorsport valve covers, it looks fairly authentic in there with a purposeful look that Cobras are supposed to have. A correct expansion tank works with a recent radiator and twin electric fans to keep the big small block cool, and with black ceramic-coated side pipes, not even the owners of real Cobras will be able to tell the difference from the sound. Superformance's rectangular-tube chassis is super-rigid and offers upgrades like an A-arm front suspension with coil-overs, rack-and-pinion steering, and a trick independent rear end. There's also a big disc brake at each corner and it's outfitted with gorgeous Halibrand knock-offs and staggered performance CR6ZZ Avon radials that are tall and fat like the originals.

Nicely built and a lot more accurate than many of the replicas out there, this Superformance Cobra recreates the authentic Cobra experience at a fraction of the cost. Call today!



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