Superformance MkIII 427SC Cobra
SPO1470; Marlin Blue/white stripes

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3/4-frontal (passenger side) shot of Shelby classic Marlin Blue 427SC Superformance MkIII Cobra for sale by owner, SPO1470Click on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

Marlin Blue SPO1470:  Spirited Hill Country ‘hottie’ seeking a younger man!!

  • factory applied Marlin Blue PPG paint finish (sooo many rich shades of blue!)
  • Titled as a ‘1965 Ford CV’ [and with Texas antique license plate PBJ451]
  • 8,592 miles logged [<14,000 km] and single owner since the first 60 miles

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—Beneath the Blue Bonnet—

Keith Craft 418 cid billet alum stroker

Keith Craft custom 418 cid/700 hp photo (from driver side) of Shelby classic Marlin Blue 427SC Shelby classic Superformance MkIII Cobra for sale by owner, SPClick on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

Keith Craft 418 cid billet stroker custom 700 hp/675 ft./lbs. torque monster engine

Tweaked to tame the curves right here in Texas’ Hill Country**. It’s for the serious driving aficionado; not for the mild-mannered mere mortal. You’ll re-calibrate your grin tendency when you drop the hammer on this classic ’60s big-bore [418 cid billet stroker], solid lifter, NASCAR-esque… yet very streetable… powerplant.

Total engine rebuild completed 3/1/16 at 7,467 miles [12,000 km]

The engine compartment componentry includes:

  • Dart Ford 9.500 SHP block
  • ARP bolts throughout engine
  • King #4340 billet steel crank
  • JE Pistons custom pistons
  • Lunati billet steel rods
  • Comp Cams custom-grind cam
  • Comp Cams roller lifters
  • T&D shaft-mounted rockers
  • Stealth titanium valves
  • McLeod billet aluminum flywheel
  • Brodix  ‘Track 1’ aluminum heads @ 9.5/1 compression
  • custom matched & fabricated Superformance II  SS (stainless steel) headers
  • polished COBRA cast-aluminum ribbed valve covers
  • Edelbrock ‘Victor, Jr.’ intake
  • C&S Performance Holley-style 750 cfm 4-barrel carburetor w/ electric choke
  • MSD* ignition ensemble (with rev limiter,), MSD billet distributor
  • March drive pulleys
  • Superformance SS (stainless steel) coolant tank
  • braided SS fuel and oil lines
  • Canton oversized ‘Road Race’ oil pan
  • K&N billet air cleaner

*MSD = Multiple Spark Discharge, a patented design by MSD Ignition that fires your spark plug multiple times rather than the single time that the factory ignition does. Now you know! CS

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—Gear Train—

  • FP bellhousing
  • Tremec TKO 5-speed overdrive transmission
  • McLeod clutch
  • 3.73:1 final ratio posi differential (IRS)

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3/4-frontal (driver side) shot of Shelby classic Marlin Blue 427SC Superformance MkIII Cobra for sale by owner, SPO1470Click on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

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—In this (Legend-faithful) cockpit—

cockpit shot#1 (from directly overhead) of Shelby classic Marlin Blue 427SC Superformance MkIII Cobra for sale by owner, SPO1470Click on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

The cockpit in this Marlin Blue road rocket is outfitted with:

  • Moto-Lita leather-wrapped steering wheel [optimum-sized for easy entry/exit], with AC hub emblem
  • period-correct Smiths Instruments blackfaced gauges [with ‘Legend-correct’ reverse-winding 180 mph speedometer and ‘correct’ Lucas amps gauge]ew
  • Lucas toggle switches
  • supple premium German leather seat upholstery
  • shoulder harnesses [4-point, with original-style quick-release aircraft-style buckles]
  • chromed fire extinguisher [mounted on the bulkhead between the seatbacks]
  • Superformance factory-installed tonneau cover, side curtains and convertible top

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dashboard shot of Shelby classic Marlin Blue 427SC Superformance MkIII Cobra for sale by owner, SPO1470Click on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

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The Legend-correct cockpit—satellite view.

cockpit#2 of Shelby classic Marlin Blue 427SC Superformance MkIII Cobra for sale by owner, SPO1470

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—Rolling Stock—

  • Compomotive original-correct replica knockoff wheels [with polished spinners and center caps]
  • knockoff hammer and safety wire
  • Cooper Radial Cobra GT rubber [rear 295×50; front 255×60]

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—The Marlin Blue menace in Enzo’s rearview mirror—

head-on frontal shot of Shelby classic Marlin Blue 427SC Superformance MkIII Cobra for sale by owner, SPO1470Click on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

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closeup#1 of Marlin Blue paint job on 427SC Superformance MkIII Cobra for sale by owner, SPO1470
Click on the photo above to see that vintage plate
and that rich paint finish at a much larger size.

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—Chassis, Suspension, Brakes—

  • heavy duty TIG-welded ladder-frame chassis [jig-welded parallel ladder frame of heavy wall 2”x4” rectangular steel]
  • fully-independent front & rear suspension with limited-slip rear
  • IRS differential
  • tubing with large-diameter outriggers
  • SS polished quickjacks
  • Wilwood brakes
  • Stainless Works polished SS (stainless steel) sidepipes
  • door hinge, steering column and windshield frame pickup points incorporated onto the main chassis
  • in the front—fully independent, unequal-length A-arms with adjustable coil-over telescopic shock absorbers
  • in the rear—likewise, independent unequal length A-arms, with fabricated hub carriers and coil-over shock absorbers
  • fabricated steel plate pedal box assembly with adjustable pedal pads
  • hand laminated fiberglass body with reinforcing inserts
  • silver-ceramic–coated headers & sidepipes
  • fully-functional, fully-polished, chassis-mounted SS rollbar
  • original style indicator lenses and headlights
  • original style triple-chromed steel bumperettes
  • original style handcrafted windshield frame
  • handlaid fiberglass panels with steel tube reinforcements in all openings
  • steel bars & panel reinforcements where the body points carry loads [stress points]
  • body bonded to chassis and is completely non-stressed

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closeup#3 of Marlin Blue paint job on 427SC Superformance MkIII Cobra for sale by owner, SPO1470Click on the photo above to see it at a much larger size. That
PPG finish simply redefines the term ‘glisten.’

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rear quarter shot#1 (driver side) of Shelby classic Marlin Blue 427SC Superformance MkIII Cobra for sale by owner, SPO1470Click on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

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—Other Particulars—

  • always garaged (and covered) in Texas’ “Hill Country”** (so no coastal salt or humidity) and ceramic-coated paint
  • never driven in rain or inclement weather

**Hill Country”: southwestern area of central Texas… generally west of Austin and north of San Antonio

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3/4-rear shot (passenger side) of Shelby classic Marlin Blue 427SC Superformance MkIII Cobra for sale by owner, SPO1470Click on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

You’ll encounter no unpleasant surprises… just breathtaking driving adventures and ‘thumbs up’ gestures every time you turn it loose!

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$72,000

Serious inquiries only, please!

Those mahvelous photos you see above of Marlin Blue SPO1470 were captured by the collaborative ad hoc team of owner Scott Matthews and his acquaintance Michele Kesler, using Michele's Canon EOS ‘Rebel T6s’ consumer-level but very respectable digital camera and its sharp 18–135mm Canon lens. They followed this site’s Expert Photography Tips almost to the very letter! CS Cobra gold divider bar 6 May 2021: Curt, put up the sold sign! I sold my sweet little Marlin Blue monster to a very nice fellow from Minnesota. Thank you very much for your absolutely essential photography guidelines and coaching. And for your popular listing service as well. I received plenty of inquiries from your site (all in less than one week!) and am delighted to have sold to a buyer that truly understands and appreciates this very unique Cobra. All the best to you and Judy. Scott M.