Factory Five Racing
MkIII 427SC Cobra
Onyx Black/maroon upholstery
—sold—

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3/4-frontal (driver side) photo of black Factory Five Racing MkIII 427SC Shelby classic Cobra replica for sale by ownerClick on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

This black mamba is as elegant as it is menacing, with restrained use of brightwork and badging. You can perhaps appreciate that the absence of stripes accentuates her sleek curves.

The visceral rumble from the Levy Racing ‘Stage 5’ 408″ Windsor stroker commands respect. You’re gazing at a quintessential take-no-prisoners driving machine.

This well-optioned-and-and sorted pin-drive IRS car weighed in at just 2,538 pounds with a full tank of fuel at the last SCCA event I attended.

I’m the original owner/builder/driver, with just over 2,600 miles [4,200 km] logged since new.

Always stored covered in garage and pampered, with oil changed every 300 miles

Registered in California under the coveted SB-100
(smog exempt) as a 1965 Special Construction Cobra:

California SB100 sticker banner for classic 1965 Shelby Cobra vehicle. Copyrighted custom graphic property of Crown Publishing Company, Inc.

As seductive as this black beauty may be, she was built to be driven and with breathtaking performance, straight-up reliability & durability in mind.

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Cobra gold divider bar—Under the Hood—
Levy Racing ‘Stage 5’ 408 stroker

photo#1 (from driver side) of Levy Racing Stage 5 408” Windsor stroker engine of black Factory Five Racing MkIII 427SC Shelby classic Cobra replica for sale by ownerClick on that Levy Racing Stage 5 above to see it at a much larger size.

The engine compartment componentry includes:

  • quick-revving Levy Racing ‘Stage 5’ 408” Windsor stroker
  • forged Scat crank and rods
  • Comp Cams 1.6 roller rocker valvetrain
  • Holley HP 750 cfm carburetor with free-breathing K&N ‘X-Stream Airflow’ air cleaner. Sits atop aluminum Edelbrock Victor Jr. intake and heads combination
  • MSD Ignition ensemble: red box, distributor, coil
  • March pulleys & brackets
  • correct Aviad ‘Road Race’ oil pan
  • Ron Davis Racing Products aluminum radiator with dual, Spal 13” puller fans keeps the fluid temperatures cool
  • silver ceramic-coated headers and black ceramic-painted sidepipes plumbed for O2 sensors
  • Fuel Safe ‘Sportsman’ 22-gallon [83-liter] fuel cell with Walbro in-tank electric fuel pump, Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator and canister fuel filter
  • SS (stainless steel) hard lines (supply and return) from rear to front with braided SS hose for the final fuel connections
  • professionally wired by Ken Whitney at HotRod1

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photo#2 (from passenger side) of Levy Racing Stage 5 408” Windsor stroker engine of black Factory Five Racing MkIII 427SC Shelby classic Cobra replica for sale by ownerClick on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

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photo#3 (from directly overhead) of Levy Racing Stage 5 408” Windsor stroker engine of black Factory Five Racing MkIII 427SC Shelby classic Cobra replica for sale by owner
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That’s the coveted California “SB100” sticker you see atop the driver side aluminum footwell.

This powerplant was dynoed at 524 hp at 5,800 rpm and 529.9 ft.lbs. torque at 4,700 rpm with Comp Cams roller cam [0.576/0.600 lift, 242/248 duration].

I installed a slightly more mild (0.513/0.529 lift, 230/236 duration) cam at 1,100 miles [±1,800 km] for better drivability. Sounds just as menacing.

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—Gear Train—

  • bulletproof (very rugged) 5-speed Tremec TKO 600 Road Race ratio (0.82:1 OD)
  • super lightweight Quarter Master ‘Extreme V’ 8.5 aluminum clutch/ flywheel assembly for quick-revving responsiveness
  • Ford Thunderbird 8.8” IRS center section built by Currie Enterprises with Torsen differential and Ford Racing 3.27:1-ratio gearing which make for a smooth power delivery provided by the formidable torque curve of the Levy Racing ‘Stage 5’ engine.

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—In this serpent’s Cockpit—

cockpit shot#1 (from driver side) of black Factory Five Racing MkIII 427SC Shelby classic Cobra replica for sale by ownerClick on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

The cockpit in this black mamba is outfitted with:

The first thing to catch your eye is the bold deep-red leather and plush wool carpeted interior with diamond-tufted seats and door panels with map pockets.

Dashboard and seating surfaces are upholstered in supple leather, while the door panels and seatbacks (rear surfaces) are done in colour-matching vinyl for wear resistance. Matching wool carpet floormats.

Other Legend-correct touches include windshield rod–mounted rearview mirror, Raydyot sideview mirror, windwings, and tinted visors, and passenger-side floor mounted handbrake.

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Original-correct Moto-Lita hardwood-rimmed steering wheel with (correct-style) aluminum spokes.

Smiths-style Autometer blackfaced gauges with reverse-winding speedometer.

Original-style under-dash dashboard support bars are structural and nicely frame an authentic Cole-Hersee electrical cutoff switch.

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 cockpit shot#2 (from passenger side) of black Factory Five Racing MkIII 427SC Shelby classic Cobra replica for sale by owner

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Dynamat insulation throughout the cockpit, doors, and trunk provide a solid, rattle free driving experience

Other occupant comfort items include a heater, enlarged footboxes, and 5-point harnesses.

Cockpit is well sealed/insulated from moisture, debris, and engine heat.

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—Rolling Stock—

PS Engineering (Halibrand-style) wheels in “as cast” finish with Trigo pin-drive adapters and safety-wired, SS (stainless steel… not soft aluminum!) knockoffs.

The 17”x9” and 17”x11” wheels are mounted with sticky new Nitto NT-05 rubber (255/40ZRx17″ in front and 315/35ZRx17″ in rear); these fresh (200 treadwear) tires are the stickiest rubber you can use in most autocross street classes (SCCA, Optima Challenge, et al.)

complete knock-off removal kit: Just over $300 worth of tools… priceless for removing stubborn knockoffs without damaging them:

  • Cobra Valley knockoff removal tool
  • Muther Thumper lead hammer [brand-new, 7 lb.]
  • Cobra Valley ‘Spinner Ease’ liquid anti-seize
  • safety-wire pliers and canister of SS (stainless steel) safety wire

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—Chassis, Suspension, Brakes—

  • The much-acclaimed Factory Five Racing chassis is a work of art… some opining that it’s a pity to cover it up with coachwork. This particular chassis is powder-coated gloss black.
  • FFR’s  industry leading chassis design is track-proven and boasts an authentic 4” parallel, round-tube ladder-type frame with all inner panels made from 6061-T6 aluminum on a period-correct 90” wheelbase
  • independent, tubular unequal upper & lower control arm front suspension based on SN-95 Ford Mustang spindles
  • IRS [independent rear suspension] based on 8.8” Ford Thunderbird center section with Torsen differential and 3.27:1 gears, spindles, CVs, and brakes
  • Cobra Mustang 13” front rotors with dual-piston calipers and Thunderbird rear brakes. Red calipers and drilled/slotted/coated rotors front & rear fitted with Hawk Performance brake pads
  • Vintage Performance Motorsports swaybars front & rear
  • Bilstein coil-over shocks with upgraded, thicker shafts
  • 15:1 manual rack & pinion steering
  • dual rollbars bolted directly to the frame
  • body is a non-stressed component whose primary function is aerodynamics and beauty

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The Dark Spectre
in Enzo’s rearview mirror

head-on frontal shot#1 of black Factory Five Racing MkIII 427SC Shelby classic Cobra replica for sale by ownerClick on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

This ebony beast’s body and stance can be characterized as both muted and menacing.

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—Coachwork and Livery—

The mile-deep black paint with clearcoat was sprayed by the top Cobra painter in the west, Jeff Miller at J. Miller Customs.

Upon seeing my rolling chassis with the body removed for paint, Jeff said to me unsolicited that my car was one of the best built cars he had seen. That’s a huge compliment regarding my craftsmanship from an industry icon who has painted literally hundreds of Cobras!

Mods by Miller Customs include correct riveted hood scoop, rolled cockpit and fender edges, and hidden trunk hinges.

Subtle highlights include one-piece nose, aluminum/radiator shroud, FinishLine side vents, LeMans style roller cap fuel filler, dual rollbars with aft leg concealed bolt kits.

Factory Five Racing’s hand-laid vinylester composite bodies are laminated up to 3/16” and are a non-stressed component…meaning the hood, doors, trunk, windshield, rollbars, etc. are all mounted directly to the chassis and not the body.

Rubberized undercoating under all fenders to protect paint from starring (and to protect against rocks and other roadway missiles).

 “all decks open” shot of black Factory Five Racing MkIII 427SC Shelby classic Cobra replica for sale by owner
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Perfect stance. Just standing still, it appears poised to strike.

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Menacing spectre in anyone’s rearview mirror. A hammerhead shark dressed in black satin.

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Das Boot (the trunk)—

luggage compartment shot of black Factory Five Racing MkIII 427SC Shelby classic Cobra replica for sale by owner

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  • The luggage compartment manifests the same passion for attention to detail as the cockpit.
  • It’s lined with Dynamat insulation under black loop carpet with piping (bound edging).
  • concealed Optima RedTop battery is accessed through the trunk floor, thus helping to lower the center of gravity
  • SS (stainless steel) bungee hooks mounted to the frame for securing trunk cargo
  • concealed access panels in the trunk floor for servicing the fuel cell

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—Other Particulars—

  • Optima ‘Red Top’ gel battery
  • genuine, fitted California Car Cover
  • build manual with notes and all receipts
  • road spares (fan belt, clutch cable, cap and rotor, et al.)

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This is the classic, menace-of-the-motorways Cobra that you’ve perhaps been waiting to pull the trigger on. “All business” black coachwork with a brash, dark red interior. This combination is confident and elegant.

Designed with a penchant for period-correctness and a commitment to performance and exceptional durability. There’s a pride in craftsmanship from the carefully mandrel-bent-and-routed brake lines to the production-quality integration of the passenger compartment to the body.

You’ll encounter no unpleasant surprises… just breathtaking driving adventures every time you take it out and prompt camaraderie with other drivin’ machine enthusiasts!

—sold—

$65,500

Serious inquiries only, please!

CobraCountry tribute (17 June 2021): Chris took these great photos of his "black mamba" you see on this page. He did it with his little 2005-vintage Canon “SD400 Digital Elph” digital camera (you can see it below). His little “Elph” has a rather weak flash and a VERY limited zoom range (no real wide angle, albeit a good, sharp glass lens). But he made it work just the same, to take the spectacularly good photos you see above, so that you (and everyone else) can see his Cobra pretty much the way it looks “in person.” You can colour me thoroughly impressed with how Chris managed to capture his drivin’ machine with such a “less than stellar” digital camera. Curt Scott 23 July 2021: Tell Curt he can mark my ‘black mamba’ SOLD. Gone to a very lucky new owner in Phoenix. I must say that your site is really dialed in to Cobra buyers. And it was your advice on photographing my Cobra that resulted in the solid response I received… I got rave reviews (about my Cobra’s eye appeal) from inquiring callers. I recommend CobraCountry to anyone serious about selling his Cobra. Many thanks! Chris Reis