Abundant power combined with a light curb weight has always been an unfailing formula for a great time behind the wheel and that's exactly what this 1965 Shelby Cobra from Backdraft Racing offers. Just 10,000 miles past its build, this street machine features a top-tier, potent engine at the center of a showstopping compartment, as well as an outstanding color scheme that will no doubt draw plenty of admiring nods as it cruises by.
In a niche where the standards of the manufacturer make a world of difference, this '65 gets some serious bonus points. Backdraft not only starts with a carefully crafted, one-piece body, but also employs plenty of reinforcement at key locations, so their work is well-positioned to stand up to the forces of both time and usage. The arrow straight, well configured form on display here provides some compelling evidence as to how effective their method is. Its alignment is precise, its appearance is convincingly authentic and even under close scrutiny you won't find any of the stress cracks that often mar the look of its counterparts. With deep blue paint draped over its exterior, accented by a pair of broad stripes over its hood and trunk, this '65 carries a sought after color combo that really looks sharp on this specimen. The signature side pipes extending along its sides have been equipped with heat shields - a welcome and often overlooked detail - and the array of chrome is in very good form, giving this Cobra a vibrant, road ready appearance.
The well outfitted black vinyl interior makes for an outstanding driving environment. It features a pair of low backed, rally inspired bucket seats that straddle the shifter sitting within easy reach on the transmission tunnel. A full complement of VDO gauges on the dash will help you keep close tabs on vital motoring functions, and each of the featured displays is in good working order and seamlessly installed for a nice, finished appearance that's mirrored by the clean door panels to each side. There's a stout, woodgrain steering wheel in place on the column to provide a reassuring feel while navigating and the fire-extinguisher mounted just below provides an always welcome measure of safety in a performance-centric ride like this one.
Plenty of rubber liquifying power comes via the Rousch 402 cubic inch V8 standing by beneath the hood. Bearing such a universally recognized name yields some high expectations, and this powerplant delivers. Fed by a series of 8 single barrel carbs, it's in top running condition and, of course, the fuel delivery system is a bona fide visual novelty, so it will no doubt spark many a conversation when admirers get a good look at it. With a number of chrome components also added to the mix, the eye candy factor is substantial on this '65. The 5-speed manual transmission it pairs with shifts with smooth precision aided by a clutch whose engagement point is just where you'd want it. Their low, road-hugging stance goes a long way toward equipping Cobras with world-class agility and this representative, with its MacPherson struts up front and multi-link suspension in back, is only too eager to demonstrate. When it comes time to bring things to a stop, power disc brakes at all four corners get it done in a hurry. A set of 17” Halibrand wheels wrapped with tires showing plenty of remaining tread add a perfect finishing touch.
With its eager engine and magnetic appearance, this 1965 Shelby Cobra by Backdraft Racing is an outstanding representative of its niche. Call today!