above is hotlinked (same view,
MUCH larger size).
You are looking
at an extraordinarily unique Shelby CSX Cobra... for two reasons:
1) the 427 SOHC motor, is an original Ford crate
motor from 10 October 1966. I deem it to be priceless...
an icon of automotive history so rare as to take your breath
away... and 2) as the QA inspector for Shelby Automobiles
during the production run of these vehicles, there is no question
that this is a one-of-one CSX Cobra. It is uniquely-optioned
by virtue of the powerplant, but it also has several features
executed at the factory, that were not available as options,
including a carpeted inner trunk lid, carpeted inner door panels
w/map pockets and a painted underside of hood.
under the coveted "SB-100" (California Senate Bill 100)that
no smog certification, no California registration hassles for
the life of the car!
Ford 427FE SOHC crate engine
photo is hotlinked (same view,
MUCH larger size).
This Ford SOHC 427FE powerplant is
- Ford forged
- Ford 4V dual-plenum
- Ford HP cams
- Ford magnesium
SOHC valve covers [powder-coated Ford Blue]
- Ford SOHC-specific
- Venolia SOHC pistons
- Carrillo rods
- intake and
exhaust valvesnew, replaced
- valve springsnew, replaced
- head gasketsnew, replaced
- Holley 850 cfm double-pumper
- billet aluminum
air cleanercustom made
- surge tankcustom fabricated
- Mallory magnetic-triggered
- MSD ignition ensemble
with programmable rev limiter (set at 7,000 rpm)
- Shelby aluminum radiator
with electric pusher fans and puller fan for cooling radiator
(custom made)note that the upper
radiator hose does not (transversely) cross the engine compartment;
engineered to NOT obscure the view of Ford's most beautiful engine
9-qt. aluminum oil pan with windage tray
underside of hood
SOHC "Cammer" 427 is distinguished by having a QEC-X-XXX
serial number on the blockaround the corner from the oil
filter adapter housingas did all true Ford crate motors.
That makes this muscle-bulging engine production number 367.
To possess this engine is to possess an icon of automotive history
so rare as to be priceless; auction sales of original
crate motors and SOHC engines in general convincingly support
original crate motor it also has a Holman-Moody serial
number stamped on the block boss on the right-front (of the four
block bosses). CSX4786 has 6HM280I interpret that to mean
the 280th finished (Holman-Moody) crate motor for the
to me, this is priceless. I wanted to pursue this slice
of FoMoCo history, so I asked Lee Holman if any of those
records remain in the Holman Moody documents from back
in the day. He replied 'No.'
a date code of 6K10 is stamped onto the boss above the oil filter
adapter housing. That translates to 10 October 1966: 6=1966,
K=October and 10=day-of-month.**
motor was brand new when I purchased it; it sat on display in
a shop since it was acquired and was fired only oncein
1992. Please follow this link that gives the documented and detailed
build process of this Shelby reptile:
was basically a five-year endeavor that commenced with my acquiring
the engine and mating it to my Shelby Cobra, so as to appear
as if it belonged there from the beginning. The engineering to
transplant the brawny SOHC beast was executed by Shelby Automobiles
in Las Vegas. Due to their innovative engineering expertise,
the Shelby team made the SOHC big-block 427FE look like it might've
appeared had it been installed in 1966.
World Registry supports these observations.
like this demands a thorough going-over and indeed, that was
performed by noted SOHC experts Butch Englebrecht and Earl Wade
to leave the compression ratio as Ford intended for these SOHC
engines: ~12:1. You will need to run a 50% race gas mixture.
However, this is what makes this vehiclethe sound of it
through the unrestricted Shelby sidepipes is just flat-out threateningeven
hear another Cobra that sounds like this; and with your right
foot into itthis black mamba is not for the faint
of heart. I can't even describe how absolutely menacing it is
(other drivers will pull aside). Think of it as an ground-bound
version of a Merlin-powered P-51 Mustang.
of SOHC engine-build photos: Click
engine coding interpreted: XXXX = typical date code**
the '60s, in the FoMoCo world, "6K10" translates as:
digit (a numeral) was year of the decade [thus 6=1966]
digit (an alpha character),
a month, ("I" isn't used):
A thru M=112/JanDec), [thus K=October ]
and 4th digits represented day of the month [thus 10=10th day of the month]
my observation about the power available out of this SOHC V8:
I viewed this engine as far too valuable to arbitrarily just
put it on a chassis dyno when I first got it running (or at any
on I did however need to troubleshoot a 'miss' at just under
3,000 rpm (promptly identified and corrected). I gave specific
instructions to the dyno operator to not exceed 3,500 rpm.
The dyno slip from Dyno Dynamics (tends to produce understated
numbers) chassis dyno read 490 ft./lbs. of torquejust
off-idle (1,800 rpm). This with no attempt to correct the
A/F ratio nor tinker with the timing. The engine had a very conservative
tune of 10° initial timing and 32° total, and I have
always kept it that way. What's the point of trying to wring
every last ounce of horsepower out of an engine this valuable
when it produces such a staggering amount of torque... after
all, you can drive off a 15 mph corner in fourth gear without
so much as a hiccup. With that said, I've every reason to believe
this car has close to 600 ft./lbs. of torque at the rear wheels,
and corresponding horsepower numbersassuming you actually
would desire to rev it to 7,500... and I never have.
Perhaps one other anecdote about its horsepower level. There
have been times when rolling on the throttle in 3rd gear that
the tires do not break loose right awaybut if you dare
to keep your foot in it, at 5,500 rpm or so when the horsepower
really starts to kick inthen the tires may well break
loose. Since this engine revs so blindingly fast,
that can happen in a blink of your eye. Put succinctly, this
formidable FoMoCo V8 demands your unrelenting respect.
- Lakewood scattershield
- McLeod flywheel, lightened
billet steel 427
11" lifetime clutch set
[Shelby Cobra/Ford Road Race; 2.87:1 first; 0.83:1 OD
with shortened input shaft]
lever, OEM-appearance, Cobra, rear position
differential [3.31:1 final ratio]
[steel, custom length]
cockpit shot is hotlinked (same view,
MUCH larger size).
- Shelby instrument gauges: fuel pressure,
oil pressure, water and oil temperature gauges, tachometer and
correct reverse-winding speedometer as per original, all in original-correct
personally autographed by Carroll Shelby [large, sweeping autograph]
inner door panels w/map pockets
in the luggage compartment:
inner trunk lid
batteries [plain black]
reverse-angle cockpit shot is hotlinked (same view, MUCH larger size).
dashboard shot is hotlinked (same view,
MUCH larger size).
shot above is hotlinked (same view,
MUCH larger size).
3/4-frontal view photo is hotlinked (same view, MUCH larger size).
Nightmare in Enzo's
NIGHTMARE shot above is
hotlinked (same view,
MUCH larger size).
This is not a
casual, run-of-the-mill Shelby drivin' machine. I dedicated
the time, money and personal effort to ensure it runs and handles
precisely the same way each and every time you drive it. Tom's
Motorsports in Las Vegas performed an exacting 4-wheel alignment.
At the same time the correct ride-height settings were set as
well as correct camber, caster, and toe settings. Penske
race shocks were installed.
these efforts together contributed to providing you with ride
& handling characteristics that are every bit as solid and
supple as a modern production sports car. That is extremely important
in a short wheelbase car with such a reservoir of power. In particular,
having sufficient rebound damping cranked into the rear shocks
makes all the difference with the spirited ride this drivin'
spared an any point. As you might imagine, building and 'final
tweaking' this Shelby Cobra wasn't so much a project as a campaign!
black-on-black beauty is fully-sorted. It was completed
in April of 2008, where it had its debut at the annual Fabulous
Fords extravaganza in Buena Park, California. Here's a link
to a short YouTube video that gives you an idea of the
kind of attention it attracted that day [no serious need to adjust
your audio; the engine is merely at (menacing) idle]:
Buena Park, April 2008
I've treated and
maintained this CSX serpent with all the due diligence it deserves.
It's never been on any trackI have never even executed
a burnout with it. It's been driven approximately twice a month
over the last several years, accumulating about 5,000 miles [8,000 km].
I had envisioned I would have it for life, but that's not to
be. Thus it's now up for sale. I only hope that it goes to a
be fair to say this Cobra is built of only the finest components,
and is truly a one-of-a-kind Shelby Cobra with THE absolute bad-boy
of FoMoCo powerplants. I will miss her.
I'm 6'-3" tall/230 lbs., and fit behind the wheel quite
comfortably due to a few key (but subtle) modifications.
oo $139,900 obo
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