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1965 Shelby

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1965 Shelby

Cobra

Cobra Mark III production began on January 1st, 1965. Two prototypes had been sent to the US in October of 1964. The new car was designed in cooperation with Ford in Detroit. A new chassis was built using 4-in main chassis tubes instead of the previous 3-in. It had coil springs all around,wider fenders, and a larger radiator opening. The "side oiler" Ford 427 engine was dropped in the bay and rated at 425 hp.

Although an impressive vehicle, the car was a financial failure. To save on cost, most AC Cobra 427s were actually fitted with Ford's 428ci engine with a longer stroke and smaller bore intended for street use.

A total of 300 Mark III cars were sent to Shelby in the USA from '65-'66. Twenty-seven small block narrow fender versions, referred to as the AC 289, were sold in Europe.

The MK III missed homologation for the 1965 season, but private owners continued to race the car and were winning races all the way into the 70s. The remaining 31 unsold cars were detuned and fitted with windscreens for street use. Called S/C for semi-competition.

The Daytona Coupe was still being produced to compete.



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Performance Specs

Available Engines
427ci

427ci

n/a

425 hp

n/a

Competition

427ci

Holley 780 CFM Carburetor

550 hp @ 6700

472 lb-ft @ 3700

Transmissions
  • 4-Speed Manual
Engine
0 to 60 MPH
Quarter Mile
Source

Daytona Coupe

4.01 sec

n/a

Supercars

427ci MK III

n/a

12.20 sec @ 118 mph

Car Craft

Paint & Color

Exterior Colors

Black

Titanium

Shelby Guardsman Blue

Monza Red

Navy Blue

Dark Silver

Wimbledon White

Yellow

Interior Colors

Black

Production Numbers

MK III S/C

51

Daytona Coupe (1964-1965)

6

MK III Competition

19

MK III Prototypes

2

Total Production

78

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