Factory Five Racing 427SC
Dark Silver/Light Silver stripes

—SOLD—

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FFR MkII CobraClick on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

This is a multiple award-winning Factory Five Racing Cobra Roadster. PPG Silver two-stage paint with light silver stripes finished with 11 coats of clear. Very rare 427FE side-oiler engine. Professionally constructed by renowned Factory Five builder Scott Martin.

It’s registered in California as a 1965 FFR with absolutely no smog requirements at all. Driving this serpent is as authentic as it gets to driving an original.

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—Under the Hood—

FFR MkII engineClick on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

Original-correct and easily serviceable Ford 427FE side-oiler. The 427FE side-oiler was completely redesigned, by Ford… a 427cid (7.0 L) cross-bolted (for extra block rigidity) engine block that first debuted in 1965 to replace the center-oiler (aka ‘top-oiler’) block. It was purposed primarily for NASCAR oval-track racing. The block is special-alloy cast iron with a specially thickened deck to withstand higher compression.

The side-oiler track delivers oil to the crankshaft first and to the cam and valve train second. The side-oiler’s telltale evidence is the bulging oil gallery just above the oil pan on the driver’s side of the engine block.

The details of this powerhouse 427FE:

  • 10.0:1 compression ratio/525 horsepower 
  • J&E pistons 
  • Edelbrock aluminum heads 
  • SS [stainless steel] valves 
  • Holley 4 bbl. carburetor 
  • period-correct Cobra LeMans valve covers 
  • Mallory electronic distributor 
  • Superconductor sparkplug wires 
  • Comp Cams camshaft 
  • Edelbrock aluminum high-velocity water pump 
  • 8-quart oil pan with road course windage trays 
  • aluminum radiator with 16” electric cooling fan, manually switched 
  • ceramic-coated sidepipes 
  • runs on premium pump gas 

Absolutely cleanest engine compartment you’ll encounter. Outfitted by famous Barry White, Ridler Award–winner of Barry White’s Street Rods.

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—Sideoiler Track… up close & personal—

FFR MkII Cobra SOClick on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

Here (above) is something you don’t get to see very often: an undercar (driver side) shot of this Cobra’s Ford 427FE “sideoiler bulge” [actually, this photo captured only about 2/3 of the S/O bulge… there’s yet another hex plug to the right, at the input end of the 4th oil channel. Curiously, at the back end (not shown here), the bulge widens and flattens out for the last couple of inches. Those four horizontal internal channels feed oil from the “bulge”  directly to each main bearing—and at even pressure and volume to each of those critical bearings.

Here it’s magenta-tinted so you can clearly see its profile.

That molded-in (to the block) sideoiler track was a signal improvement in the 427FE’s oiling and overall performance on NASCAR oval tracks back in the mid/late 1960s. With the earlier center-oiler 427FEs, the oil was forced to run a circuitous route to finally reach those critical main bearings, thus reducing the oiling effectiveness.

Other than bragging rights, a sideoiler 427 today provides no performance advantage over a center-oiler (aka “top-oiler”) 427. They’re both quite rock-solid performers.

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—Gear Train—

  • Lakewood “bulletproof” bellhousing
  • McLeod flywheel 
  • McLeod racing clutch 
  • Tremec TKO 600 5-speed transmission 
  • Ford 8.8” Posi-trac rear end [0.72 fifth gear OD ratio] 

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FFR MkII cockpitClick on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

  • 2’ dropped floorpan offering superior legroom
  • black leather-upholstered bucket seats 
  • padded dash 
  • AutoMeter gauges w/silver-faced bezel; gauge array includes 160 mph speedometer, 10,000 rpm tach, oil pressure, water temp, amp and fuel level
  • Simpson original (aircraft-style) quick-release safety harnesses 
  • fully carpeted 
  • chromed driver’s side rollbar 
  • forward-angled shifter lever 
  • two accessory compartments 
  • driver’s side convex mirror 
  • full-grain leather door stops 
  • 15” original-style hardwood-rimmed steering wheel 

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FFR MkII dashboardClick on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

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FFR MkII CobraClick on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

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—Rolling Stock—

Shelby American 5-lug17” wheels, polished, shod with Firestone ‘Firehawk’ rubber:
245/45/Rx17” front; 285/40/Rx17” rear, all in excellent condition 

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FFR MkII frontClick on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

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—Chassis, Suspension, Brakes—

  • fully black powder-coated frame and undercarriage
  • 3-Link suspension 
  • coil-over fully adjustable shocks 
  • rack & pinion steering 
  • anti-sway bars 
  • disc brakes all four corners 
  • 15-gallon [57 litre] fuel tank 

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FFR MkII best engine plaqueClick on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

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FFR MkII rear qtr. driver sideClick on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

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—Chassis, Suspension, Brakes—

  • no donor parts—all new parts & components construction
  • completely wired by electrical guru Ron Francis 
  • quicker and more nimble handling than the original cost to build over $75K 
  • engine approved by Vic Edelbrock’s personal race engine builder 
  • race-style LeMans gas cap with key-locking cap inside 
  • Under 10,000 miles [<16,000 km], driven mostly along California’s Pacific Coast Highway 
  • 15-gallon [57 litre] fuel tank 

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FFR MkII rear qtr. pass.sideClick on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

This car embodies the power and performance that made American muscle cars the icons of yesteryear’s motoring world, with a timeless elegance and sleek sophistication.

If you want to set off all car alarms in a parking lot, this is the drivin’ machine to do the job!

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$51,900

Serious inquiries only, please!

The Cobra photography you see on this page was brought to you by Gary’s kindred spirit Ben Verleger, using his Sony R1 mirrorless digicam and its standard [aber über scharf] 24–120mm Carl Zeiss lens. Ben carefully… painstakingly… followed this site’s photography tips… and his results speak for themselves! Cobra gold divider bar 19 November 2018: You can mark my gorgeous (PPG) Silver serpent SOLD! It's gone to a lucky new owner and a new stable up north in Santa Clara. Many thanks to your ‘global reach’ in reaching serious Cobra enthusiasts and buyers! With best regards (and wishing you and Judy a happy Thanksgiving!), Gary Heinbuch