1966 Shelby Cobra Factory 5 28425 Miles Green 5.0 liter V8 5-speed manual

1966 Shelby Cobra Factory 5 --

Condition: Used
Make: Shelby
Model: Cobra Factory 5
Type: --
Trim: --
Year: 1966
Mileage: 28425
VIN: 1664
Color: Green
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: --
Interior color: Black
Vehicle Title: N/A
Item location: Local pick-up only
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Description for Shelby Cobra Factory 5 1966

I don't know why the Cobra is the most popular car of all time, but it is. The shape, the performance, the larger-than-life legend, whatever, but year after year, people keep building Cobras and they keep having fun with them on the street and on the track. Of course, they're ideal hobby cars, being easy to maintain, quite durable, and if they're built properly, reliable enough to drive every day. And few guys know how to bring it together better... than Factory 5. They stumbled on an ingenious solution to the Cobra “kit” problem. a fully engineered kit that was designed to accept late-model Mustang 5.0 components. Forget the days of trying to figure out your own engine mounts and which transmission will make the shifter come out in the right place and how to get the correct steering geometry with junkyard parts. They've done all the engineering for you. Then add in the long list of Mustang 5.0 performance upgrades, the extreme durability of the hardware, and the inexpensive nature of parts, and suddenly you have a Cobra that can do it all. This gorgeous Factory 5 Cobra is a great illustration of the virtues of factory engineering. It was built a few years ago but you can see that they guys doing the fiberglass work really did a nice job, because it's smooth, the panels fit well, and there's just no evidence that it's ‘glass until you rap your knuckles on it. All the kit makers take a few liberties with the Cobra shape (nobody can tell without an original sitting nearby anyway), but the Factory 5 cars are more accurate than most and the stance on this one looks downright predatory. With two extra inches of wheelbase, there's a bit more room inside, but again, you'll never notice just standing next to it and the driver will be eternally grateful for the upgrade. The metallic green paint with white stripes is a traditional Cobra look and we like the somewhat subtle color combination. The addition of yellow hashmarks on the front fender is a nice touch, and recalls when these were actual race cars—hash marks were often used to help spotters tell the cars apart from a distance or at night. Other thoughtful details include the jacking stubs, mesh grilles over the headlights, and those massive KC Highlighter driving lights in the grille opening—talk about flamethrowers! For authenticity, this Cobra also wears appropriate “ Ford” badges, bullet-style side mirror, and a flip-up gas cap on the rear quarter. Nobody will mistake it for anything else and it's quite nicely finished and ready to rock. The interior shows that this Cobra was built for combat, eschewing the original low-back buckets in favor of modern high-back racing shells with 5-point Simpson racing harnesses. The rest is familiar Cobra, from the simple door pockets to the flat dash wrapped in vinyl and filled with Auto Meter dials. A wood-rimmed steering wheel is quite authentic-looking and the drilled aluminum pedals are just plain cool. You'll note this car includes a correct forward-canted shifter for the Tremec 5-speed underneath, as well as a full switch panel to control the various functions like lights, fuel pump, and other vitals. It is wired for a stereo, but there is no head unit, so you could add that if you like, but we suspect that the side pipes provide all the stereo accompaniment you'd want. It's a bit of climb over the deep bucket seat, and there's a bit of wear on that high-traffic spot, but the rest is in excellent condition and shows minimal signs of use. Once you're in there, the driving position is superb, the pedals are well-arranged, and the steering feels hard-wired into your cerebellum. The trunk is neatly finished with carpets and a pair of charging stubs, but there is no top—in a Cobra, what's the point? This Cobra should last practically forever, because under the forward-tilting hood you'll find a bone-stock 5.0 liter V8 from a 1993 Mustang Cobra. The distinctive intake manifold gives it away every time, but by keeping it stock, reliability is bulletproof. And with 1000 fewer pounds to haul around than in the already pretty quick Mustang, performance is electrifying. All the factory electronic controls are still in place, so it starts easily, idles well, and never gets fussy. A few dress-up parts like the finned aluminum valve covers recall the ‘60s while a giant radiator with an electric fan keeps it cool. A/C and power steering aren't on the menu in a Cobra, but you do get nice features like a modern alternator, hood struts to keep the hood open (most Cobra kits use a prop rod), and a set of beautifully made exhaust headers that dump into those satin-black side pipes. Even with 302 cubes instead of 427, the sound is spectacular. Factory 5's chassis uses the same round tube ladder setup that the originals used, with CAD engineering to allow the Mustang components to bolt in place. There's a Tremec 5-speed manual transmission with a stubby driveshaft spinning the Mustang's 8.8-inch rear end, which feels like it has 3.73 gears inside—this sucker is PUNCHY! The front suspension uses custom coil-over shocks and tubular upper A-arms so ride height is adjustable, while the rear still uses the Mustang 4-link setup with coil-overs and quad shocks to tame the rear end. It works rather well, and this sucker does hook up hard! Brakes are beefy Wilwood discs all around, with the rears being brand new and installed at a cost of over $3000. Take a moment to note the beautiful aluminum panel work on the floors, the heavily reinforced chassis, and even the factory Mustang fuel tank hanging out back. You'll have no problems servicing this Cobra and parts are available just about anywhere. Ride quality is surprisingly good for a Cobra and with so little weight, acceleration and braking will strain your neck muscles. And while Halibrands are cool, the 17-inch Cobra R wheels on this Cobra work extremely well and carry brand new 245/45/17 front and 275/40/17 rear continental performance radials. There's certainly a pecking order when it comes to Cobra kits, but this green Cobra is right in the sweet spot: still affordable, still fast, and extremely easy to own. You couldn't build this car for the asking price and given the lead times on kits, you could be having fun right away rather than two or three years from now, and that sounds like the best idea of all.