I’ve always maintained that there are three types of “car people.” Those who look at cars simply as a means to get from Point A to Point B, those who purchase a car only because they use it as a status symbol, and finally those who are truly passionate about all things automotive and the joy it brings. Of that third group it seems most flip their cars every two years, while the minority form an emotional bond to them no different than a family member and treat their cars in the same manner they would their children.
I fall firmly into that category having never sold one of my sports cars up until this point. Listing this Indigo Blue beauty on Cobra Country feels like I’m giving up one of my three young daughters to adoption.
Unfortunately, it’s those same three little girls that are the reason my wife is forcing my hand to sell.
What you’re looking at here is Backdraft Racing #1260. I had her built back in October of 2013, choosing the best classic color combination Backdraft Racing offers: Indigo Blue with white stripes (Don’t believe me? Ask Curt). I chose the Ford Racing 427 crate motor with the highest-performance Z2 cylinder head option [delivering a robust & reliable 545 lbs.ft. torque and 535 hp]. I also chose Tremec’s impressive TKO 600 transmission upgrade to ensure there was never any issue with putting down the power.
Having flown out to Florida to meet my new car when it arrived, Reg Dodd (Backdraft’s owner) lowered the car and added something to the rear suspension setup that mirrors the cars he races. This car has all of the finest new components installed at the factory. Options I added from the factory were the Mota-Lita hardwood-rimmed steering wheel (a must), Raydyot mirror, snap-on tonneau cover, and front-end clear bra. On top of that I had the car professionally ceramic coated with multiple CarPro ‘Cquartz’ lifetime coatings at a cost of over $2,000. The car was then custom dyno-tuned by Auto Tek…the preeminent experts in central Texas with anything that boasts a carburetor. Great Hills Automotive helped service the car, upgrading the clutch master cylinder, water pump, and thermostat early on.
The car comes with an extensive (I am anal) binder that displays the “over maintenance” this car has received (6 oil changes in 6 years for example). All receipts, paperwork, and even the emails back and forth from the owners of Backdraft are included. It’s all there for you to peruse!
Over the past 6+ years and 8,500 miles, this serpent has had all kinks worked out early on that will happen with any new Cobra and is fully sorted and in perfect shape mechanically. Since the early kinks, the only issue to disclose on this Cobra is the passenger side baffle within the sidepipe has a weld that recently became lose and rattles. This is a common issue over time with the sidepipes from Backdraft, but one that’s a cinch to fix as it bolts onto the headers at the side of the car. I am not fixing it so that the new owner can decide whether he (or she) wants to replace with OEM ($1,650 as a pair), or if they would rather upgrade to freer-flowing aftermarket options (would be my choice), or add quieter pipes (as it stands, this car does announce its presence). Other than that slight rattle from the passenger sidepipe, the car wants for nothing.
For those of you that treat your cars as you do your children, you’ll be happy to learn that Backdraft #1260 has been washed consistently and only with a foam cannon to remove any dust before washed, double buckets were always used with grit guards, and she has been dried only with a Metrovac ‘Master Blaster’ heated and filtered 8-hp air dryer. That’s right, the car has never had any towel touch it to dry it. I know I have a problem, but the first step is acknowledging that I am aware of it! I have an Aston Martin ‘Vantage’ that I’ve owned for close to 12 years and put 48,000 miles [77,000 kilometers] on. At carshows I still occasionally get asked if it’s new. Everyone is shocked when they hear the age and mileage, as it’s in new condition.
When my wife finally convinced me to get something a bit more docile to replace the Backdraft, my oldest daughter Savannah (8) began to cry. She shared that some of her earliest memories are driving with daddy around the neighborhood waving at everyone. She loves this car so much that I bought her an electric Cobra for Christmas a couple years back. I share the same sadness as Savannah with the memories associated with my Cobra as being the strongest for me outside of the Aston Martin and my Dad’s DeTomaso Pantera GTS I grew up working with him on in Detroit.
You’ll get treated to a walk-around video of this car further down below.
—Under the Engine Deck—
Ford Racing 427 cid ‘Boss’ crate engine
[delivers 535hp and 545 ft./lbs. torque]
The engine compartment componentry includes:
You get the safety wire, lead hammer and safety wire
pliers for the wheels
—In this gran turismo cockpit—
The cockpit in this Indigo Blue reptile is outfitted with:
Below: a manhole cover’s view of this
sizzling snake passing overhead.
—Other Premium Particulars—
This resplendent reptile is thoroughly sorted out
Video walk-around tour of this Backdraft beauty:
Click on that image above to see a brief (3:23) walk-around
tour of this Backdraft Racing reptile. The only audio is
my descriptive narrative. Eric Bruce
Click on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.
This is a truly special drivin’ machine that has the remarkable tendency to make everyone around you break into a smile. Even non-motorcar people want to talk to you following an inevitable ‘Thumbs up!’. IMHO, we could all use more connections like what this car provides you; in part because of that, when my third girl is finally out of the house in 18 years, I will purchase another!
I want nothing more than for this car to end up in a great home and continue to be cared for as her first owner did since new. That is to say, you will encounter no unpleasant surprises… only exhilarating motoring and endless ‘Thumbs Up!’ gestures from admiring fellow motorists.
Serious inquiries only, please!
Located in Austin, Texas