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Spotlight on the 1965 Shelby Cobra

1965 Shelby Cobra
1965 Shelbt Cobra 427 (LMC). Taken by Nathan Bittinger. No changes.

Not many classic cars are as instantly recognizable as the ‘65 Shelby Cobra Roadster, with its distinct circular headlights, convertible top, and elegantly sculpted design. The roadster has its origins as a race car that gained popularity and attention on the track for being a “Corvette-beater,” and at 500 lb less than its competitors, it was a speedy, fierce rival and achieved blistering victories from the start. Do you have what it takes to pilot this powerful muscle car?

1965 Shelby Cobra. Taken by​ Michel Curi.​ No changes.

The Shelby Cobra Roadster was also the first vehicle to harbor Ford’s 4.2-liter HiPo V8 engine and lends itself the honor of inspiring several innovations in power for the brand. From its cutting-edge engine and transmission combination to the engineering that went into tuning it for the track, the Shelby Cobra Roadster was designed from the ground-up to leave the competition in the dust.

If you think you have what it takes to get your hands on this classic roadster, gear up; it’s unlike anything else you’ll ever experience. From its innovative design and powertrain to good looks that have lasted across the decades, there’s nothing about the 1965 Shelby Cobra Roadster that doesn’t exude cool.

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1965 Shelby Cobra Roadster: Technology

When we think of classic cars, our first thought isn’t typically about the tech that went into making them, yet the fact remains that, in their time, many classic cars offered the latest in technology in their heyday. One of the most innovative cars to rule the road and track was the 1960s Shelby Cobra. This legendary racing icon was more lightweight and more powerful than its competitors at the time of its release.

Designed in cooperation with Ford, the Shelby Cobra was built using an all-new chassis. Constructed of 4-inch chassis tubes rather than the industry’s typical 3-inch tubes, the Cobra’s chassis also featured coil springs, wider fenders, and an enlarged opening for the radiator. Under the hood, the 1965 Shelby Cobra offered Ford’s innovative 427 engine, which cranked out 425 horsepower - still an impressive number even to this day.

1965 Shelby Cobra Roadster
1965 Shelby Cobra. Taken by​ Eli Christman. No changes.
1965 Shelby Cobra. Taken by Eli Christman. No changes.

Despite their power and renowned racing prowess, the ‘65 Cobra didn’t do well financially. As a result, true classic Shelby Cobras are extremely rare and hard to find, especially with the original 427 engine. However, private owners continued to dominate the race track with their Cobras well into the 70s. Try to get your hands on one of these iconic roadsters—we might have one in stock at Mama's Used Cars now!

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