Backdraft Racing BDR818
Monterey Red/Bronze Mist stripes

Aerial broadside shot above is hotlinked [same view, MUCH larger size].

This Monterey Red reptile has always been garaged, covered under a premium car cover, and has never encountered inclement weather or been taken onto a track. It's as pristine in and out as the day it was delivered. A bona fide beauty.

Titled in The Volunteer State (Tennessee) as a 1965 roadster, since 2009.

Roush 427SR/TW, polished

Engine photo is hotlinked [same view, MUCH larger size].

Roush 427SR/TW polished with custom belt-drive assembly, purchased for $16,350 in 2009. Windsor/Dart block­based engine [dynos at 502 hp/ 523 ft. lbs. torque]. It has accumulated only 7,870 miles [12,665 km], so it's hardly even broken in.

It's been indulged with Amsoil ultra-premium synthetic engine oil since 3,000 miles and changed every year. Air cleaner signed by Jack Roush.

This link will take you to a full presentation of this engine's specifications:

Roush 427 engines page

—you get all the supporting paperwork—

Roush engine compartment plaque.

Gear Train

  • Quicktime safety steel bellhousing
  • Centerforce hydraulic clutch assembly
  • Tremec TKO600 5-speed gearbox
  • driveshaft steel safety loop
  • BMW E36 independent rear suspension
  • BMW differential upgrade with heavy-duty mounting hardware

The Backdraft Cockpit

Above aerial cockpit shot is hotlinked [same view, MUCH larger size].

  • premium leather seats
  • driver seat track
  • adjustable
  • 4-point aircraft-style racing harnesses, driver & passenger
  • black carpeting
  • hardwood-rimmed steering wheel
  • Roush custom shift knob
  • heater
  • SS (stainless steel) driver & passenger rollbars
  • leather dash personally autographed by Jack Roush
  • VDO blackfaced instrument gauges
  • fire extinguisher
  • battery safety cutoff switch
  • storage (map) pocket in each doors

Above instrument panel shot is hotlinked [same view, MUCH larger size].

Chassis, Suspension & Brakes

  • rigid box-frame rails
  • powder-coated frame
  • rack & pinion steering
  • front/rear disk brakes
  • front & rear anti-sway bars
  • BMW E36 front/independent rear suspension

The Backdraft Racing chassis constructed from top grade 2"x4" rectangular steel tubing with 3mm wall thickness, reinforced with steel plates to add strength to high-stress areas [as shown in the illustration below]. Entire frame is powder-coated, adding to the overall appearance and helping to protect it from the environment and ensuring a long life.

above: line drawing of Backdraft Racing's BMW Series
3–based rear suspension

Rolling Stock

  • 17" Halibrand style pin-drive wheels with knockoff spinners and safety wires, shod with...
  • Goodyear 'Eagle' tires [235/45ZRx17" = front, 315/35ZRx17" rear]

3/4-frontal shot above is hotlinked [same view, MUCH larger size].

Rear quarter shot above is hotlinked [same view, MUCH larger size].

Other Premium Particulars

  • SS (stainless steel) headers & sidepipes, powder coated
  • SS heat shields on sidepipes
  • AGM 48 battery [new in February, 2016, in luggage compartment]
  • upgraded high-torque starter
  • chromed front & rear quick jacks
  • upgraded high-efficiency aluminum radiator
  • aluminum fan shroud
  • premium 16" electric cooling fan, 2200 cfm
  • 3M rear fender protection
  • tonneau cover
  • premium car cover
  • original owner's manual, and maintenance history since car was new
  • tools for spinner removal/replace, pliers, lead hammer, extra of safety wire

Backdraft Roadsters are slightly wider and longer than the original 427SC, but are elegantly proportioned so the extra dimensions are not noticeable until you get into the car and can appreciate the extra room... especially the extra legroom. The BMW 'E36' suspension provides a comfortable, controlled, stable ride.

With over 500 ft./lbs. of torque from 3,700 to 5,000 rpm [and factor-in that the car weighs in at only 2,400 lbs.... 1,100 kg], the acceleration is breathtaking. Those big 315 meats won't hook up on the street in first and second gear anywhere near full throttle. The throttle response from the Holley 770 cfm carb is instantaneous at any RPM. Occasionally the rear tires will break loose in third gear if you floor it at 3,500 rpm or higher. You must be really careful flooring the accelerator in any gear when you're negotiating a curve.

Driving it anytime is a visceral thrill... and it's a veritable E-ticket ride on winding country roads. Under full throttle it's an exhilarating handful. Even in 5th gear the acceleration is nothing short of astonishing. It was John DeLorean who coined the phrase that can be applied to this bona fide driving machine: "Too much horsepower is just about right."

  $54,900 obo

Charles Perry

(615) 522-xxxx CDT (cell)
Located in Murfreesboro (40 miles SE of Nashville), Tennessee

29 July 2016: You can mark my Monterey Red Backdraft Cobra SOLD! That beastly beauty is gone to a new stable and a lucky new owner way down in Tyler, Texas. You can color both of us (seller and buyer) happy campers! Many thanks to your renowned 'reach' and for your spot-on photography tips! Charles Perry

The top-flight Cobra photography you see on this page was brought to you by Charles himself, using his splendid Nikon D7200 DSLR digicam and its standard 18–55mm zoom lens. Charles painstakingly followed CobraCountry's 'Cobra Photography Tips'... and the results speak for themselves!

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