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    COBRA 427SC ROADSTER  

A BEAUTIFUL ERA COBRA S/C (SEMI / COMPETITION) ROADSTER WITH AN ORIGINAL FORD COBRA 427 CUBIC INCH SIDE OILER MOTOR ( 550 +H.P.), WHICH CARRIES CORRECT CARBS, RECTANGULAR -TUBE FRAME, JAGUAR SALISBURY REAR-END AND AN ORIGINAL FORD T-10 FOUR SPEED GEARBOX WITH CORRECT 'REVERSE' SHIFTER ( IT ACTUALLY ' CORRECTLY ' FACES THE FRONT OF THE CAR). SHE'S FINISHED IN COBALT METALLIC GUARDSMAN BLUE W/ WHITE LEMANS STRIPES AND ORIGINAL BLACK LEATHER BUCKETS. IT FEATURES THE BONUS OF A BLACK EVERFLEX SOFT TOP WITH FRAME / SIDE WINDOWS AND WILTON WOOL CARPETS. IT HAS THE CORRECT HALIBRAND-TRIGO 'STARBURST' MAGS W/ WIRED-DOWN KNOCK-OFFS & WIDE PROFILE TIRES , CORRECT CHROME ROLLBAR, CORRECT / ORIGINAL FIVE POINT RACING HARNESSES, ORIGINAL WOOD STEERING WHEEL WITH 'AC' BRISTOL HORN BUTTON AND 'AC' STAINLESS PEDALS. WE REPLACED THE ORIGINAL "QUICK JACK" BUMPERS WITH CHROME NERF BARS BUT, THE TALBOT RACING MIRROR, AND ORIGINAL STEWART-WARNER TACH / GAUGES WERE RETAINED. THIS IS A "STREET VERSION" S/C, WHICH EXISTENCE CAN BE VERIFIED IN ANY SHELBY COBRA BOOK, AND ONE OF ONLY A HANDFUL BUILT WITH SIDE EXHAUST 'DELETE' AS BURNT CALF WAS NOT ON THE MENU. ONLY 3,968 MILES ON THIS UPGRADED MONSTER MOTOR & PAINT TO INCLUDE $14,000+ IN RECEIPTS. SHE'S ADDITIONALLY ERA OPTIONED WITH THE LUCAS RECTANGULAR TAIL LIGHTS, HEATER, FUNCTIONAL HOOD SCOOP, CORRECT KNURLED DASH KNOBS, LOCKING HOOD HANDLES, EMERGENCY BRAKE HANDLE, SUPPLEMENTAL COOLING PACKAGE, OIL COOLER, LUCAS 'PL' STAR HEADLIGHTS, CHROME ROLLBAR, BRASS CORE RADIATOR AND EVEN AN ORIGINAL FLIP-BACK LICENSE PLATE BRACKET W/ ORIGINAL CALIFORNIA DEALER PLATE. THIS GREAT CAR WAS BUILT FOR A DOCTOR IN CALIFORNIA AND TITLED IN 1989 USING AN ORIGINAL 427SC HE OWNED FOR SIDE-BY-SIDE, DEAD-ON MATCH COMPARISON. PERFECT PATINA...EVEN DOWN TO A FAUX SHELBY DATA PLATE. I BOUGHT IT FOR THE HEIR TO THE NATIONAL ENQUIRER FORTUNE WHO LATER TRADED IT , AFTER DRIVING IT JUST UNDER 1,000 MILES. WE THEN SOLD IT TO A WEALTHY OKLAHOMA BUSINESSMAN WHO KEPT IT AS A WEEK-END DRIVER ON HIS JUPITER ISLAND ESTATE. HE TRADED IT AFTER TWO YEARS ON A BIG BRAKE '61 VETTE. I KEPT IT AS A BACK-UP DISPLAY COBRA FOR OUR CAR MUSEUM FOR THE LAST 14+ YEARS. DO NOT COMPARE THIS TO THE CHEAP JUNK OUT ON THE MARKET. ERA IS WELL KNOWN FOR BULDING THE BEST INCH-FOR-INCH, DEAD-ON COBRA AND WITH AN ORIGINAL 427 MOTOR (RECENT PUBLISHED SALE $35,000-MOTOR ONLY) AND ANCILLARY FEATURES, THIS CAR IS THE BEST OF THE BEST. ALLOW TIME FOR REMOVAL AND PREP. SORRY, WE DO NOT OFFER 'THRILL RIDES'.    $78,500.

  

THE STORY:

In 1967, Stanley Kubrick released his Sci-Fi Thriller "Space Odyssey: 2001", Martin Luther King's steadfast oratory's against violence backfired when he was assassinated in Memphis on April 4th.,the Viet Cong & North Vietnamese take advantage of the Lunar New Year and carry out massive attacks all across South Vietnam, the National Football League cast the First Super Bowl ( Green Bay vs Packers, 35-10), Julia Roberts is born while Otis Redding (balladeer) and Spencer Tracey ( actor) die.

There's little doubt, the "Cobra" was Carroll Shelby's 'Dream Car'. He envisioned a lightweight, tube-frame, limited production car with a big V8 even before it reached the draft board in 1964. He approached General Motors but, they flatly turned him down stating "they already had the Corvette." So it happened, when racing in Europe, Shelby found out AC Cars Ltd.( which built the AC Bristol) was going belly-up so, Shelby approached Ford with his idea. Since they had just developed a 221 cubic inch small block V8 (which later became the 260 and 289) and had suffered several humiliating defeats at the race tracks...the timing was perfect.

It took Shelby & Dean Moon just eight hours, after the A.C. arrived at the Airport at Los Angeles, to build to first Cobra and have it up and running. Cobra chassis and frames continued to be built in England while the chassis components were supplied by other sub-contractors. Each Cobra built received the Shelby V.I.N. number "CSX" (which stood for Carroll Shelby Export) and so the legend began. The next series of Cobra's did not exactly evolve 1-2-3. The first 427 Cobra was built by the end of 1964 and entered the race at Sebring but, Ken Miles managed to crash & hit the only tree within 15 miles of the racetrack. This was six months before the official prototype was actually built. On January 27, 1965, Shelby officially unveiled the 427 Cobra at a special press conference at Riverside International Raceway. The car was quickly heralded by the press. It was described as the "Ultimate" high-performance car and if effect fulfilled Shelby's desire to build the fastest production car in the world (quite an accomplishment in just four short years.) The 427 coil spring Cobra represented the full potential of a lightweight, aluminum bodied sportscar. Just in time....as the Federal bureaucracy- from that time forward- would never permit a faster car to exist.

For 12 years Ferrari 'owned' the prestigious World Manufacturers Championship but, it was Carroll Shelby who entered and won it for America in 1965. By October 1964 ,Shelby developed "The Cobra II" cars and installed the now famous 427 side-oiler with aluminum cyl. heads, water pump and magnesium manifold. These cars were later dubbed "427 Cobras." This car was developed in only three months and to the credit of those involved not a single change was made by the time they were placed into production. By 1966, Corvette was introducing the 427 so, it benefited Shelby to 'compete' by offering the same displacement in his cars. No two Cobras were exactly the same between colors and options, as one could be made with a hood scoop, another with side exhausts and another without. They were truly 'custom made'. The 427 Cobras eventually evolved into the 427 S/C (semi-competition or street/comp.).These had blown out flares at the rear, front oil cooler scoop, side-exhaust cut-outs and comp. gas cap, roll bar, scoop and quick jacking pads. The S/C's also had a 42 gallon gas tank, front sway bar, and Halibrand Magnesium Race Wheels. Bear in mind, you COULD order one any way you wanted. So , in reality, no two are exactly the same.

These cars quickly appeared at the track and won SCCA "A/ Production" Class from 1965 through 1968 and again in 1973. The fastest car ever to be offered to the general public...and all for a paltry $9,500. It's been said that "if they drove 427 Cobras in hell....everyone would be dying to get in." Shelby went on to build one for himself and claimed it did 182 mph. It was clocked zero to sixty in 3.8 seconds.

Our car was originally discovered in Turlock, California in 1989, under a specific acquisition order by the heir to the National Inquirer Magazine fortune. Prior to purchase, we diligently researched the very best company and discovered ERA as the only manufacturer at that time that followed exacting measurements and standards to the original. After searching all across America for months we located this car. It was built bolt-for-bolt to exacting standards by a doctor who actually copied his original 3000 series '66 Shelby sitting in the garage next to it. He paid $27,000 for the original (built) motor alone. After flying to CA. measuring and surveying it , I purchased and shipped it , by private-enclosed transport back to Palm Beach (Manalapan), where it remained, and was used sparingly for several years. Scared of it.... to the point he only rode in it with his body guards driving, he traded it back- we then sold it to a wealthy retired businessman from Oklahoma. After 2 years, he traded it back to us on a big brake Corvette. The car has seen less than 4,000 miles. The last owner spent over $14,000 in receipts, finite-ing every detail including a new paint job (why?, he was a perfectionist). The car is complete with soft top/ frame and side windows.  If you can get your hands on a copy of 'Automobile Quarterly Vol. 14, No. 8' read "The Cobra Now And Forever".... then prepare to go to the bank and mortgage your house. We pretty much guarantee reading that article will result in your buying one, even if it's not ours :)