View Full Version : Backdraft Cobra with pics

07-20-2015, 07:39 AM
Of course, my computer fights me at every turn, let's see if I can upload some pics.

07-20-2015, 09:05 AM
Its hard to argue with that bro!

07-20-2015, 12:12 PM
Impossible I am afraid. I am dealing with the owner now...soon, I shall have the Mona Lisa. In my eyes anyway!

07-20-2015, 12:52 PM

I have always admired those.

07-20-2015, 03:04 PM
Great looking cobra. What engine will it have?

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07-21-2015, 06:04 AM
Ford 302 with a five speed. The owner has a folder with the specifics, but can't lay his hands on it after a move. Grrrr. It has a cam, but is very streetable. Old school carb, not EFI. The Backdraft factory in South Africa was very helpful when I contacted them with the chassis number; sent me some pictures of it being painted even. After they built and wired and painted it, it was sent to a Hot Rod shop in Texas to have the engine and transmission installed. Uses BMW suspension and brakes. Feels very British when driving it...it is a hoot!

07-21-2015, 07:11 AM
very cool cars and a blast to drive, helped a buddy of mine build his Factory 5 Cobra a few years back. they used a mustang 5.0 for most of the parts or you could opt for upgraded components. It will push you back in the seat every time you shift gears! enjoy!

07-21-2015, 07:25 AM
I see a major factory fault clearly on the pics, I wouldnt buy it. The steering wheel is on the wrong side!!!! :thumbup:

Scott Vandiver
07-21-2015, 07:30 AM
That is an awesome ride!!!!!

Is it strange to shift with the lever reversed that way? never seen that before.

07-21-2015, 07:40 AM
Sweet. Also, a very effective way to meet some of your local police. :smile:

Ted Demosthenes
07-21-2015, 08:24 AM
Sweet. Also, a very effective way to meet some of your local police. :smile:

For (WONDERFUL) noise complaints , if nothing else!
Ken Venturi, the golf pro, lived across the street from my parents. We he fired up his Shelby 427 in his garage, the windows in our house rattled.
Drooling I am, Jedi.

07-21-2015, 10:57 AM
That was the stock '65 Mustang shifter reversed because the engine is set so far back to get a nearly 50/50 weight distribution. I have seen both this type and a very stubby lever on cars from back in the day...I suppose it was whatever Shelby had on hand that day since they were all basically hand built. Only 1010 real 289 and 427 Cobras I believe...the tall tales about the cars are way bigger than the production figures would lead you to believe. Funny thing about this car...it was a retirement gift for a local cop that got his 20 years in about ten years ago. I am hoping that "diplomatic immunity" transfers with the car....

07-22-2015, 08:58 AM
He found the paperwork from when the car was commissioned! A 345 horse 302 engine at a cost of $9,668 dollars circa 2003. (A dollar in 2003 equals $1.30 in buying power today) So I am very happy with this information...first class build all the way around. Well, if a carb motor in '03 can be considered first class. Some argue for fuel injection and I get that...day to day, much better. But for me, an old school Holley on a small block Ford is the right answer for a toy that I am buying to remind myself of how cars were when I started driving.

07-23-2015, 05:28 AM
Yeah, I bought it last night. I knew I would do something like this...I have seen me do it many times before.