E.R.A. 289 USRRC

Chassis#2039, Ford Dark Blue

—SOLD!—

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3/4-frontal shot (driver side) of Ford Dark Blue 289 USRRC E.R.A. (Shelby classic style) Cobra for saleClick on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

Manufactured and painstakingly assembled by ERA [Era Replica Automobiles, New Britain, Connecticut USA] to customer specifications as a replica of a 289 Road Race Cobra that would have (during those ‘golden’ years) competed in SCCA ‘A Production’ class. Not a muscle car, but a bona fide drivin’ machine.

Body was finished in Ford Dark Blue Metallic by Tony Stephans of Westhampton, Massachusetts.  Under hood surface was aluminized by Metal Morphous.

Hey Little Cobra. It was indeed the small-block Cobras (289 slabsides, 289 USRRCs and 289 FIAs) and Peter Brock’s Daytona Coupes that wrenched the WMC (World Manufacturers Championship) from Enzo Ferrari’s grasp in 1965 (for the 1964 racing season). And it was the 289 Cobras that The Rip Chords [Phil Stewart, Arnie Marcus, Rich Rotkin and Bernie Bringas, all from southern California] made famous (indeed, Top 10) in the summer of 1963. And here’s ‘Hey Little Cobra’ just for you, in audio/visual form, courtesy of YouTube. The audio gets lively, so be sure to adjust your sound volume: Hotlink: Hey Little Cobra

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—Beneath the Bonnet—

 photo#1 (from passenger side) of 347cid small-block engine of Ford Dark Blue 289 USRRC E.R.A. (Shelby classic style) Cobra for saleClick on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

347 cid small-block stroker built by highly-respected Reid’s Automotive of Whitman, Massachusetts in April 2007

The engine was built to mild ‘road race’ spec featuring forged internals, ARP hardware throughout, and topped off with a set of four Weber 48 IDA carburetors. It easily spins to 6,000 rpm all day and is still perfectly happy idling around town.

The engine compartment componentry also includes:

  • 347 cid built on 289/302 block# C8 AM-6015-B
  • Comp Cams hydraulic roller cam [grind# FW 3016F/3017F HR 113.0]
  • Edelbrock ‘Performer RPM’ cylinder heads
  • Weber 48IDA carburetors
  • Accel 37201A distributor with mechanical tach drive
  • MSD 6AL ignition control with rev limiter
  • reproduction Shelby 289 Competition-stamped steel valve covers
  • Aviad aluminum oil pan

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photo#2 (from driver side) of 347cid small-block engine of Ford Dark Blue 289 USRRC E.R.A. (Shelby classic style) Cobra for saleClick on the photo above to see it at a much larger size. You can
see the aluminum underhood finish in this photo.

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—Webers—

closeup photo of Weber 48IDA carburetor ensemble on 347cid small-block engine of Ford Dark Blue 289 USRRC E.R.A. (Shelby classic style) Cobra for sale
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You haven’t lived until you’ve experienced the exhilaration of punching into a phalanx of Weber carbs.

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—Gear Train—

  • SFI rated steel safety bellhousing
  • Tremec TKO 5-speed gearbox
  • Jaguar/Salisbury IRS differential
  • 3.54:1 final gearing with LSD

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—In this (Legend-faithful) cockpit—

aerial cockpit shot (from driver side) of Ford Dark Blue 289 USRRC E.R.A. (Shelby classic style) Cobra for saleClick on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

The cockpit in this li’l blue reptile is outfitted with:

  • The bare-bones comp car–inspired interior appropriately looks all business, but it’s perfectly comfortable for a day of back-road carving. It features
  • correct Stewart Warner instrument gauges arranged in the (also correct) competition layout
  • original period-correct Jones-Motorola mechanical tachometer
  • two battery cutoff switches—one on the dash and another concealed keyed switch for added security.
  • heavy-duty toggle switches
  • leather-bound aluminum-spoke wheel [the original Moto-Lita hardwood-rimmed wheel is also included for you, so you can have it either way.
  • original-style vinyl comp seats
  • bulkhead-mounted halon fire extinguisher
  • ERA soft top and side curtains
  • ERA tonneau cover

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dash & cockpit shot (from rear of car) of Ford Dark Blue 289 USRRC E.R.A. (Shelby classic style) Cobra for sale


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 dashboard shot (thru rollbar) of Ford Dark Blue 289 USRRC E.R.A. (Shelby classic style) Cobra for sale
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closeup instrument panel shot (from rear of car) of Ford Dark Blue 289 USRRC E.R.A. (Shelby classic style) Cobra for saleClick on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

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closeup cockpit shot (from driver side) of Ford Dark Blue 289 USRRC E.R.A. (Shelby classic style) Cobra for saleClick on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

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—Rolling Stock—

The wheels are the period-correct 15” ‘FIA’ style wheels produced by PS Engineering.  Sizes are 7.5”x 15” in the front, and 9”x15” in the rear.

The wheels are shod with super sticky Avon CR6ZZ DOT-legal race radials. These tires are a dream; confidence inspiring, extraordinarily road-grippy, good in the wet, and still amazingly comfortable on the road.

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closeup of E.R.A. chassis plaque on Ford Dark Blue 289 USRRC E.R.A. (Shelby classic style) Cobra for sale
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The Dark Spectre
in Enzo’s rearview mirror

head-on frontal shot of Ford Dark Blue 289 USRRC E.R.A. (Shelby classic style) Cobra for sale
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—Chassis, Suspension, Brakes—

The ERA chassis is acclaimed as the basis for a great driving car, featuring fully independent suspension front & rear, rack & pinion steering, and coil-over adjustable SPAX shocks. This car has been carefully set up for camber, caster, toe, ride height and corner weights. Setup notes are included with the documentation you get.

The brakes are Dunlop/Girling calipers in the rear and large Stainless Steel Brake Company ‘Force 10’ calipers in the front all loaded with EBC Yellowstuff pads.

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3/4-rear shot (passenger side) of Ford Dark Blue 289 USRRC E.R.A. (Shelby classic style) Cobra for saleClick on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

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—Other Particulars—

You also get:

  • binder with ERA annotated assembly manual, all setup notes, and specifications.
  • Moto-Lita hardwood-rimmed steering wheel (in addition to the installed leather-bound wheel)
  • carpet floormats
  • new windwings
  • full set of chromed bumperettes
  • extra set of side pipes with glass-pack mufflers
  • ‘shorty’ header pipes
  • box of mirror parts and lenses
  • various ‘AC’ and ‘Cobra’ data tags
  • various spare mechanical parts

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—SOLD!—

    $66,900 obo

Serious inquiries only, please!

9 September 2020: You can mark my E.R.A. 289USRRC Cobra SOLD! Many thanks for your skills in marketing these fine Shelby driving machines! Your advice and help with my photography made a big difference. By the way, it‘ll be staying here in Pennsylvania, somewhere west of Philly. Eric Peterson