Backdraft Racing GT, BDR1758
Porsche Graphite Blue Metallic
—SOLD!—

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—The Gray Ghost in Enzo’s rearview mirror—

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1965 Backdraft Racing GT wide body 427 Roadster. Porsche Graphite Blue metallic/single black stripe w/ Miami Blue & silver quarterstripes, BDR#1758. Titled in Texas as a 1965. This Cobra was special ordered and took 8 months to be delivered to me. It’s loaded with features and performance enhancements you aren’t likely to see on most of the other roadway reptiles.

This one-of-a-kind-serpent was built with the best parts, the finest componentry, and is designed and equipped to be driven. It is two years old and has accumulated only 7,000 miles [<11,300 km]. It’s extremely reliable and you’ll feel confident taking it anywhere on rallies and other long drives. You’ll get 16 mpg at a steady cruise.

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—Under the Bonnet—
Keith Craft Performance 427 [427cid] stroker Windsor

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Craft Performance 427 [427cid stroker Windsor; delivers a very strong & reliable 618 hp/ 585 ft./lbs.torque]. Nothing was left to chance here in terms of reliability and my goal for many years of service. Starting with:

  • a Dart block
  • premium Molnar Technologies crank & rods
  • Mahle low-expansion pistons w/ hi-tech modern rings (10.25:1 compression — drive anywhere on premium)
  • 214cc Brodix CNC-dimple ported cylinder heads w/2.100” intake valves, premium pac valve springs with lightweight, tool steel retainers
  • custom Comp Cams hydraulic roller camshaft—only 238 duration @ .050”
  • Combine all this with the Borla stack–style manifold with electronic fuel injection setup and upgraded Holley computer.

Due to the exceptional torque curve it drives smoothly, no lugging, and can even pull higher gears easily without your constantly downshifting.

custom GP Headers w/ big 1 7/8″ tubes were made for the car in SS [stainless steel], along with SS sidepipes featuring Flowmaster’s cool shell ceramic-coated mufflers. In additional to not getting as hot, these produce a very mellow tone at constant speeds allowing conversation and quieter cruising.

Mattson’s Custom Radiator in California modified the stock radiator for increased cooling and added a SPAL HD brushless (variable speed) electric cooling fan & aluminum shroud.

  • Following the reliability formula—this serpent has never topped 160° F in August Texas heat. Detailed build sheet, and dyno report available for you. All of this was professionally tuned and optimized by one of the best in the business—Dave Ehrlich of Autotrend EFI.

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Underhood detail package with underside matching hood stripe, gloss black engine bay panels & radiator cover, 3 remote reservoirs, carbon fiber-treated valve covers with ‘Miami Blue’ stripes, and  Miami Blue bells on top of the Borla stacks

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—Gear Train—

  • QuickTime safety steel bellhousing
  • Ram ‘Dual Disc’ clutch assembly [including pressure plate and billet flywheel]
  • six-speed Tremec T56 ‘Magnum’ transmission
  • BMW E-36 independent rear suspension with locking differential and 3.73:1 final gearing [see illustration below]

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

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That top set of ceramic-coated exhaust headers are Backdraft’s standard item; the (larger diameter tube) bottom ones are the custom 1-7/8″ ID GP header set I had custom-made of stainless steel, which I purposely photographed before I had them ceramic coated. Those are the headers on the engine now, and the ones you see in the engine photos above.

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—Rolling Stock—

  • Halibrand-style 18″ black powder–coated knockoff wheels w/ Miami Blue stripes, shod with…
  • Nitto ‘555R’ premium rubber [335/30/ZRx18″ rear, 245/40ZRx18″ 555 front] in splendid condition

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—In this (gran turismo) cockpit—

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In Backdraft’s occupant-friendly cockpit:

upgraded all Alcantara upholstery never gets hot or cold

contrasting Miami Blue inserts inside the two-stage heated seats, along with a Vintage Air heating system to keep your feet warm on cooler days

carbon fiber dash and matching trim on shifter/ e-brake / speaker grilles

color-matched Classic Instruments w/bluefaced LED lighting

rich black wool carpeting edged with black piping

4-point premium Sabelt racing harnesses for both driver & passenger

windwings and sun visors, dual mirrors.

The Backdraft Racing cockpit is a bit more spacious than most other Cobras, which enhances driving and touring comfort. This one features extra room for taller drivers with more legroom and knee room, w/a dropped footwell, spread pedals, dropped and pushed back seats et al. I am 6’ 3” tall and easily slip behind the upgraded Sabelt Alcantara-clad steering wheel.

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—Where the Luggage Meets the Road—

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—Other Particulars—

Fully-carpeted luggage compartment conceals the 5-way remote-controlled stereo (Alpine amp along w/XM satellite & CD head unit / four Polk weatherproof speakers with a custom carbon fiber treatment, JL Audio subwoofer), A custom EXPEL clear bra covers the front end, door tops, front of rear fenders, and all four GT “coves” to protect against rock chips.

Four-wheel, color matched/oversized Wilwood power disc brakes and power steering.

All recommended services have been performed by a professional hot rod shop. Driven Racing Oil has been used exclusively.

Waxed regularly in Wolfgang Füzion Carnauba Polymer Estate Wax.

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You’ll also receive the original Backdraft Racing Roadster User Manual and car cover. I am happy to make a video upon request or answer any question you may have.

This is a masterfully-built serpentine drivin’ machine. You’ll encounter no downside surprises.

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—SOLD!—

$87,500

Serious inquiries only, please!

1 December 2020: Dear CobraCountry: You can mark my glistening Graphite Blue Backdraft Cobra, BDR1758, SOLD! Gone to a lucky new owner way up in the upper midwest. Many thanks to your expertise in reaching serious Cobra buyers! Scott Bliss