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:
As seductive as this black beauty may be, she was built to be driven and with breathtaking performance, straight-up reliability & durability in mind.
—Under the Hood—
Levy Racing ‘Stage 5’ 408“ stroker
The engine compartment componentry includes:
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.
—In this serpent’s Cockpit—
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.
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.
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.
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:
—Chassis, Suspension, Brakes—
The Dark Spectre
in Enzo’s rearview mirror
This ebony beast’s body and stance can be characterized as both muted and menacing.
—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).
Perfect stance. Just standing still, it appears poised to strike.
Menacing spectre in anyone’s rearview mirror. A hammerhead shark dressed in black satin.
—Das Boot (the trunk)—
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!
Serious inquiries only, please!