Backdraft Racing 427 Cobra
rare ‘Street Version’
BDR1709, solid Onyx Black

2-tone red/black upholstery
—SOLD—

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3/4-frontal shot (driver side) of Onyx Black 427SC Shelby classic Backdraft Racing ‘Street Version’ Cobra (BDR1709) for sale by owner
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There is nothing so sleek and alluring as a RARE ‘Street Version’ of Backdraft Racing’s 427 Roadster. From its cavernous maw to its ample rear, the smooth, clean profile of this understated Black Beauty will turn heads and elicit ‘Thumbs up!’ on busy urban streets and on winding country roads. 

The cockpit: rich red-leather–upholstered seats, an authentic hardwood-rimmed steering wheel, and a very attractive dashboard layout. With plenty of room in the footbox and perfectly positioned stick shift, the relatively quiet power from its muffled underbody pipes will allow you to enjoy this serpent for longer drives—in comfort and style as its throaty powerplant and smooth suspension urge you to push it further.

Outfitted with a 450hp Roush 331 engine [expertly installed by Speed Fanatix in Boca Raton], MSD Ignition ensemble, Tremec T5 transmission and BMW 3-Series suspension, (found only in a factory-built Backdraft Racing Roadster), it will astonish admiring throngs with its smooth power off the line. No one will readily believe that anything so good looking could be so powerful and responsive as this reliable factory-built serpent.

It has logged only 2,000 miles [3,200 km], and has always been garage-kept.

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—Under the Hood—
Roush 331/450

Roush engine photo (from driver side) of Onyx Black 427SC Shelby classic Backdraft Racing ‘Street Version’ Cobra (BDR1709) for sale by owner
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—Gear Train—

  • QuickTime safety steel bellhousing
  • heavy duty clutch assembly
  • rugged Tremec T-5 five-speed gearbox
  • BMW E-36 IRS (independent rear suspension); detailed illustration below

Line drawing of Backdraft Racing’s BMW Series 3–based rear suspension setup.

“all decks open shot#1” (from driver side) of Onyx Black 427SC Shelby classic Backdraft Racing ‘Street Version’ Cobra (BDR1709) for sale by owner
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—In this (gran turismo) cockpit—

cockpit shot#1 (from passenger side) of Onyx Black 427SC Shelby classic Backdraft Racing ‘Street Version’ Cobra (BDR1709) for sale by ownerClick on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

The cockpit in this iconic road reptile is outfitted with:

  • Moto-Lita styled hardwood-rimmed steering wheel [appropriately fitted with an AC hub]
  • vintage-styled blackfaced AutoMeter instrument gauges
  • glovebox
  • self-cancelling turn signals
  • short-throw gearshift lever which sits comfortably under your hand
  • rich red leather–upholstered seats and dash 
  • full carpeting and a map pocket on each door
  • Raydyot bullet mirrors
  • tonneau cover (black, not shown)

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dashboard shot of Onyx Black 427SC Shelby classic Backdraft Racing ‘Street Version’ Cobra (BDR1709) for sale by ownerClick on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

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cockpit shot#2 (from driver side) of Onyx Black 427SC Shelby classic Backdraft Racing ‘Street Version’ Cobra (BDR1709) for sale by owner
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cockpit shot#3 (from passenger side) of Onyx Black 427SC Shelby classic Backdraft Racing ‘Street Version’ Cobra (BDR1709) for sale by owner
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—Dazzling Reflections—

paint reflection shot and rolling stock shot of Onyx Black 427SC Shelby classic Backdraft Racing ‘Street Version’ Cobra (BDR1709) for sale by owner
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Rolling stock: 18″ genuine knockoff Halibrand-style wheels (with safety wiring) shod with Nitto rubber.

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“all decks open shot#2” (from passenger side) of Onyx Black 427SC Shelby classic Backdraft Racing ‘Street Version’ Cobra (BDR1709) for sale by owner
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The underbody exhaust is lightly muffled though marvelously throaty, which permits you to converse with your passenger and not need to wear earplugs during long trips. The most ear-pleasing melody, however, kicks in when you downshift to a full stop and the engine “backs off” with a rhythmic and head-turning rumble. 

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3/4-frontal shot#2 (driver side) of Onyx Black 427SC Shelby classic Backdraft Racing ‘Street Version’ Cobra (BDR1709) for sale by owner
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broadside shot of Onyx Black 427SC Shelby classic Backdraft Racing ‘Street Version’ Cobra (BDR1709) for sale by ownerClick on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

Smooth, sleek, uncluttered coachwork [no hood scoop, no rollbar, no stripes, no meatballs, no sidepipes, no quickjacks]. These are among the aesthetic attributes of a “civilized” ‘Street Version’ 427 Cobra. Add to those attributes its smooth, muffled (but throaty) exhaust, and you have an exhilarating drivin’ machine.

Special note: when these photos were taken, the chromed bumper hoops were removed from the car, to be replaced by Backdraft Racing (the originals evidenced defects in the chroming). You’ll of course get those new hoops with the car.

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The View Most Other Drivers
see of this Black Beauty

head-on rear shot of Onyx Black 427SC Shelby classic Backdraft Racing ‘Street Version’ Cobra (BDR1709) for sale by ownerClick on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

This is a bona fide black beauty. You’ll encounter no downside surprises, only breathtaking driving and touring adventures.

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—SOLD—

$69,900

Serious inquiries only, please!

14 September, 2021: Ralph’s friend Kim Mikolas, using her Canon EOS Rebel T6i and its 18–135mm lens captured these images of Ralph’s ‘Street Version’ Backdraft Racing Roadster. Kim had never photographed a Cobra before, but she followed this site’s CPT (Cobra Photography Tips) almost to the very letter. Gaze at each one of Kim’s fine photos of this black mamba and marvel! Curt Scott Cobra gold divider bar 5 October 2021: My ‘black mamba’ Backdraft Cobra is SOLD. Gone to a new home “way up north” in Atlanta. Many thanks for all your help and advice! Ralph Donabed