Exceptional Build Quality * 1964 AC Shelby ERA 289 FIA Cobra * 100 PHOTOS

1964 Shelby Cobra

Make: Shelby
Model: Cobra
SubModel: ERA 289 FIA
Year: 1964
Mileage: 7715
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Description for Shelby Cobra 1964

1964 ERA 289 FIA Cobra A1+

* PLEASE READ THIS PARAGRAPH FIRST: Many hours were invested to write this description and take/upload over 100 photographs, so please take a few minutes to review before inquiring. I'm helping a friend list this extraordinary automobile who is dealing with multiple family health issues and doesn't have the time to do this. We decided this thoroughly descriptive listing was the best way to reach serious buyers. As you will discover below this is no ordinary Cobra build and we are looking for a conscientious buyer who knows what they're looking at and will appreciate this unique top-shelf super car.


This is possibly the nicest and most meticulous built 1964 ERA 289 FIA Cobra in existence and it’s in near flawless condition. This was a Grandfather/Father/Son project that started in 2001-2003 built by professional metal fabricator and generations of motoring enthusiasts (the Grandfather/Fabricator passed away Sept 4th 2018). It took 15 months and 2000 hours labor for the initial build (approximately 33 hours a week) and another 15 years and 4000 hours labor to perfect (approximately 22 hours a month). That is a total of 6000 hours labor of perfectionism not found in most builds. It would cost approximately $90,000 to have ERA attempt to build equivalent and it still would not have the OCD factor. There are countless improvements throughout the vehicle that most ERA cars don't have. Everything is smooth, tight, precise, right, and it drives beautifully... truly turn-key with no excuses.

VIN = ERA2078F1A (Note: Not a typo, last 3 characters are F1A not FIA)
PA TITLE = Clean and clear in owner’s name and titled as a 1964 Ford Convertible
TOTAL MILEAGE = 7715 (First speedo broke at 4800, current speedo 2915, see door tag photo)


Countless hours spent on body for fit and finish and straightness
Doglegs are reinforced
Fender flares are finished
Under hood is finished
Hood prop rod mount reinforced
Trunk prop rod mount reinforced
Bumpers are chrome with finished backsides
Raydot mirrors
Lucas lighting throughout
AC emblems are hand made one-of-a-kind custom fabricated
Convertible top fasteners are machine thread in nutsert, not self tap screw
Dashboard and front fascia also machine thread in nutsert, not self tap screw
All PPG top shelf products were used throughout
Switchblade Silver with correct Torch Red FIA stripe


100 AMP alternator with internal regulator
Correct Stewart Warner gauges
ERA custom separate starter switch
Custom build battery box
Custom Moroso trunk cut-off switch
Custom Remote battery terminals


ERA street interior with drop dash
Marine grade Naugahyde
Safety harnesses
Shifter is stainless steel hand made one-of-a-kind custom fabricated
AC pedals
Gas pedal is hand made one-of-a-kind custom fabricated
ERA emergency brake
Moto-Lita steering wheel
Correct AC steering column
Custom removable door panels
Custom arm rest
Glove box has USB, 12V socket, and fuel PSI gauge for diagnostic purposes


Custom finished panels
Custom storage
Honda scissors jack
Air compressor
Tire plug kit
Custom build battery box
Custom Moroso trunk cut-off switch
Custom Remote battery terminals


Ford Racing Sportsman Block (higher nickel & reinforced)
425 Horsepower and 394 Torque
289 (331 cubic inches)
93-94 recommended octane
Lunati hydralic roller cam
Crane aluminum rockers
Scat steel crank
Crowler rods
J&P forged pistons
Victor JR aluminum heads
Original Cobra Aviad oil pan
Many linkages under hood are hand made one-of-a-kind custom fabricated
See photos for detailed spec sheet


Optional oil cooler with custom screen protector
ERA 427 heavy duty radiator and fan
Mildon water pump
Harrison expansion tank
Traditional green antifreeze changed yearly


650 Speed Demon carburetor
Edelbrock Performer RPM intake (debadged, smoothed, refinished)
Aeromotive electric fuel pump and regulator
Hand made one-of-a-kind custom fabricated assembly


ERA headers Cermakrome coated
Custom FIA style side pipes with 2 internal baffles
Hand made one-of-a-kind custom fabricated
Correctly routed under the car


Tremec TKO 5-speed
1st 3.27
2nd 1.98
3rd 1.34
4th 1.00
5th 0.68
Road trip fact: Cruising 70 mph in 5th gear at 2000 rpm resulted in 20 mpg


Optional ERA aluminum rear... http://www.erareplicas.com/427/frsusp.htm
Outboard Wildwood brakes
Dana 44 with 3:54 ratio
ERA front proprietary with rack & pinion
Spax coil over shocks
Optional ERA sway bars
Original style FIA wheelset
Shelby American Centers
Front 235/60/15
Rear 295/50/15

Below are links to pictures and video, the photos default to 800x600 so if you want to view full-size 1600x1200 just click "original" under the photo...


* NOTE: If red accents are not preferred they are easily changeable for minimal cost and any color will work with the silver/black combination.

* UPDATE: Autumn asking price of $79,000 changed to winter price of $65,000 firm, a great price considering lesser ERA's sold for same price.

Terms of Sale:

FACT: This vehicle is being sold as-is, where is. While we make every effort to disclose everything we cannot possibly mention every minuscule flaw because no car is perfect. We have represented this car to the best of our ability, to the best of our knowledge, with an in-depth description and over 100 quality photos plus video.

ATTENTION ALL BUYERS: Be aware the buy-it-now is a contract to purchase this vehicle at that price. There is no negotiating after clicking buy-it-now. Please don't purchase unless you have read every word on this page, viewed every photo, and have the funds available at this very moment.

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PAYMENT: Buyer will be contacted within 12 hours of the sale. Deposit of $500 is due within 24 hours. The remaining balance amount must be paid with a bank-to-bank transfer within 7 days if you are picking the car up in-person or are having it shipped, no exceptions.

PICKUP AND SHIPPING: Shipping and or pickup of this vehicle is the responsibility of the buyer. We will be glad to help with the arrangements if needed. The car must be picked up within 10 days of sale unless other arrangements are required. Payment in full must be received before the vehicle leaves the premises.