I chose Backdraft Racing for my Cobra manufacturer after meeting Jay Linke (of the highly-respected Vintage Motorsports in North Haven, Connecticut) at Barrett Jackson. While I was speaking with Jay, Richard Rawlings (of Gas Monkey Garage) was also at Jay’s display.
So impressed was Richard with the workmanship and attention to every detail, that he purchased (right in front of me) the eye-candy Cobra I was looking at.
I actually wanted the gray Backdraft Cobra that Richard had just purchased. Jay recognized my disappointment and he agreed to build me this one-off 1965 427SC stack-injected Roadster; in fact, he pretty much dedicated his entire wealth of knowledge and skills to this exquisite build.
Incidentally, this rolling, serpentine masterpiece is registered, titled and insured as a 1965 Ford.
—Under the Bonnet—
Roush cast-iron 427IR
stroker Windsor V8
This serpent boasts a Roush 427 cid cast-iron small-block Ford (stroker Windsor). Dyno specs (finally corrected and clarified): 580 FWHP [flywheel horsepower, as measured on Roush’s dynamometer]. Engine is fitted with: aluminum heads and state-of-the-art internals. It has an oil cooler and transmission cooler complete. As of this writing there’s a mere 870 miles [1,400 km] logged on this powerplant.
The entire engine is finished with Hose Candy (a company which specializes in producing custom, color-coordinated underhood hose covers). Custom-made brake and clutch reservoir. All the engine compartment peripherals are finished in a very rich, one-of-a-kind semi-gloss black powder coat. The valve covers and stack crowns are painted Ford Racing Red.
Backdraft Racing aluminum radiator with shroud upgrade installed.
Each of the one-of-a-kind injection funnels by Clay Cook is fitted with a K&N filter.
—In this serpent’s Cockpit—
The entire dash is made of carbon fiber. The Classic instruments whitefaced gauge set features vintage aviation-style bezels and whitefaced gauges, each of which illuminates with a red glow if a warning plateau is exceeded.
The diamond-stitched 100% leather-upholstered seats are heated for chilly mornings (or evenings). Custom-made fire-extinguisher holder is painted to match the fire extinguisher.
Further cockpit premium features:
That palm-friendly steering wheel was custom-ordered to perfectly coordinate with the interior upholstery. This wheel with the Cobra center emblem was the one (of several tryouts) to make the final cut… and the one you’ll get with the car.
—Chassis, Suspension, Brakes—
—Body, paint, livery particulars—
—Other Premium Particulars—
The first major service was completed at 500 miles [800 km]. This beauty is fully sorted out with no issues [you’ll encounter no unpleasant surprises] and is ready to roll. When I set out to build this Cobra [with countless subsequent visits to Vintage Motor Sports], Jay and I were of the same mindset and on the same page to construct this gem.
I assured Jay that I was giving him a blank-check, a no-expense-spared build.
With any luck at all, Jay’s exquisite photos you see above captured pretty effectively the results of his no-holds-barred efforts to build the best grand touring–outfitted Cobra ever.
Serious inquiries only, please!