Backdraft 427 ‘WidowMaker’
BDR#1597; BMW Alpine White
only 870 miles [1,400 km] logged
—SOLD!—

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broadside shot (passenger side) of Backdraft Racing replica Shelby classic 427SC Cobra vehicle for sale, BDR#1597. White with black livery.Click on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

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.

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—Under the Bonnet—

Roush cast-iron 427IR
stroker Windsor V8

engine shot#A of Backdraft Racing replica Shelby classic 427SC Cobra vehicle for sale, BDR#1597. White with black livery.
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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.

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engine shot#B of Backdraft Racing replica Shelby classic 427SC Cobra vehicle for sale, BDR#1597. White with black livery.Click on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

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engine shot#C of Backdraft Racing replica Shelby classic 427SC Cobra vehicle for sale, BDR#1597. White with black livery.
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—Gear Train—

  • Tremec 6-speed transmission
  • fully independent rear suspension by BMW [with a 3.73:1-ratio limited-slip differential], shown below:

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

decks open shot of Backdraft Racing replica Shelby classic 427SC Cobra under construction in Vintage Motorsports shop, BDR#1597. White with black liverClick on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

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—In this serpent’s Cockpit—

 cockpit#A of Backdraft Racing replica Shelby classic 427SC Cobra vehicle for sale, BDR#1597. White with black livery.
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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:

  • ‘Touring’ interior package
  • carbon fiber dash fitted with easy-to-read Classic Instruments whiteface gauges
  • Renown leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • ‘Aviator’ style switch panel: a touch of B-17 Flying Fortress complements the carbon-fiber instrument panel
  • Blackbird ‘Cam Lok’ belts
  • Hurst short shifter handle with white plastic shift knob
  • billet shift boot ring in black
  • heated seats
  • XL seats for additional room

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closeup of leather-wrapped steering wheel onf Backdraft Racing replica Shelby classic 427SC Cobra vehicle for sale, BDR#1597. White with black livery.Click on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

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.

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broadside shot (passenger side, alternate angle) of Backdraft Racing replica Shelby classic 427SC Cobra vehicle for sale, BDR#1597Click on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

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—Chassis, Suspension, Brakes—

  • 18-gallon [68-litre] aluminum fuel tank with internal fuel pump
  • Wilwood ‘Big Brake XL’ system with red calipers
  • cross-drilled and vented rotors with the very largest Wilwood 6-piston brakes
  • VMS spring kit
  • VMS tow hook
  • VMS triple tank reservoir system
  • boxed rear lower suspension arms
  • ceramic-coated headers
  • ceramic-coated sidepipes
  • Backdraft Racing solid aluminum differential mounts
  • urethane differential cage bushings

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aerial shot (passenger side) of Backdraft Racing replica Shelby classic 427SC Cobra vehicle for sale, BDR#1597Click on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

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—Body, paint, livery particulars—

  • GT body option
  • BMW ‘Alpine White’ finish, silver quarterstripes, black LeMans stripes, red center stripe
  • blackout body trim
  • 3M Invis-a-Shield paint protection on rear only
  • 3M door-top paint protection
  • 427 ‘WidowMaker’ billet fender badges
  • LED headlights with red/white halos
  • LED turn signals with white driving light feature
  • smoked turn signal lenses

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3/4-frontal shot (passenger side) of Backdraft Racing replica Shelby classic 427SC Cobra vehicle for sale, BDR#1597
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—Rolling Stock—

  • Backdraft Racing’s own ultra-premium custom-made wheels; wheel centers (spokes) are painted black; polished/chromed rims and polished lips on wheels.
  • Nitto NT555 rubber [295/40Rx18″] in like-new condition

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broadside shot (street level angle) of Backdraft Racing replica Shelby classic 427SC Cobra vehicle for sale, BDR#1597
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—Other Premium Particulars—

  • waterproof custom fitted (hand-sewn marine vinyl) cockpit cover [a $500 option from Piggyback Covers].
  • All external trim has a custom, semi-gloss powder-coat finish.
  • Raydyot sideview mirror (windscreen frame–mounted)
  • The 1965 Alpine White Ford factory color is clear-ceramic–coated, further protected with 3M Invisi-a-Shield) over the nose, the top of the doors the front face of the rear fenders.
  • It comes with a premium-quality, waterproof, custom-fitted car cover by California Car Cover.

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WidowMaker emblem on front fender of Backdraft Racing replica Shelby classic 427SC Cobra vehicle for sale, BDR#1597Click on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

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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.

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—SOLD!—

    $95,000 obo

Serious inquiries only, please!

Dear Cobra Country: You can mark this beauty SOLD! Gone to a new owner and a new stable someplace in Indiana. Many thanks for your guidance on our photos and our description. Mark D’Andrea, New York