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1965 Shelby Cobra ERA FIA 289

Specifications

  • Year
    1965
  • Make
    Shelby
  • Model
    Cobra
  • Package
    ERA FIA 289
  • Exterior Color
    Black
  • Interior Color
    Black Leather
  • Doors
    2 Dr
  • Engine
    8 CYL
  • Transmission
    5 Speed Manual
  • Stock #
    115188
  • VIN #
    DPS16ASVE18350716
  • Mileage
    92
  • Price
    $69,900
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Description

Factory-built ERA 289 FIA replica. Cost-no-object build, Keith Craft 331 stroker, Tremec 5-speed, Webers, pin-drive wheels, independent suspension, big brakes. Very fast, very accurate, and a bargain!

The ERA Cobras are near the top of the list when it comes to quality Cobra replicas, and the factory-built cars are some of the best of all. This nasty black Cobra was under construction at ERA but the first owner decided he didn't want to take delivery. A new buyer who was not willing to wait the two years for one called to see if any finished cars were available, and the old owner, the new owner, and ERA all came together to get the project finished. You can see just how beautifully finished this car is by looking at the reflections in the glossy black paint, a combination of excellent workmanship on the fiberglass both before and after it was molded. Panel gaps are excellent, there’s fantastic prep work on the show-quality paint, and all the trim bits are beautifully finished. With the charcoal gray stripes, this is fairly subtle as far as Cobras go, but somehow it looks infinitely more menacing and purposeful than the 427 cars, which look almost cartoonish in comparison. The 427s might be legendary, but this car is a WEAPON!

Inside, this one certainly looks to have been built for combat, with that chrome 3-point roll hoop and 4-point harnesses, but it’s also fairly civilized. Check out the beautiful wood-rimmed steering wheel, the plush black carpets with plenty of insulation underneath, and door panels with useful map pockets built right in. Only the 427 cars got the forward-canted shifter, so the standard stubby lever on this one is quite correct (and now manages five gears instead of four). And yes, even those mirrors are correct, including the one in the middle, so don’t E-mail to tell us how someone made a mistake—they didn’t. Handsome Stewart-Warner gauges were used in the 289 cars (the Smiths only came along when the 427 was introduced) so that’s what went in here, with all the dials faithfully reproducing the period look. Yeah, that’s the speedometer way over there in front of the passenger, but since these were race cars, they didn’t have speedometers and that’s the only reasonable place to put one today. With only 92 miles on the build, everything is in virtually new condition, including the black leather buckets that are likewise unique to the 289 cars. The trunk is fully trimmed in gray mouse fur and includes a built-in storage pouch for the cockpit tonneau, which is a great addition.

Obviously the FIA cars ran—what else?—289 cubic inch Ford V8s. Fortunately, the commonality of the Windsor family of V8s means that the 331 cubic inch stroker motor in the car now looks virtually identical to a vintage 289. It’s a Keith Craft long block, built at a cost of nearly $10,000 and delivered to ERA for installation in this car. The list of goodies includes a fresh Ford block, Eagle crank, Mahle pistons, a hydraulic roller cam with roller rockers, aluminum AFR 185 heads, Ford Racing distributor, and an aluminum flywheel that helps it rev. Up top it has that gorgeous Weber setup from Jim Inglese which was another $5000, as well as a set of authentic-looking finned Cobra valve covers. ERA finished the engine compartment to an extremely high standard, complete with aluminum inner panels, a correct expansion tank, and a giant aluminum radiator with electric fan to keep the hot small block nice and cool. You’ll note the alternator got an oversized pulley for high-RPM track work and the wiring harness looks exactly like what Shelby might have used in 1964. If you crave authenticity, this car nails it. Oh, and it also packs 480 horsepower inside that small block, so you can bet there will be plenty of 427 owners who will be looking over their shoulders.

The options list also specifies a Tremec T600 5-speed manual transmission, a pricey addition all by itself but one that almost guarantees breakage is a thing of the past. It’s hooked to ERA’s custom independent rear end by a driveshaft that’s the shortest we’ve ever seen, and that rear end is packed with 3.73 gears that make acceleration explosive, to say the least. ERA’s custom rectangular steel tube chassis is far stronger than the original round tube ladder frame, and incorporates transmission mounts, suspension mounts, and a custom independent A-arm front suspension with coil-over shocks and rack-and-pinion steering. This ERA also features upgraded 12.4-inch disc brakes with 4-piston calipers (the largest that will fit in the stock-style 15-inch wheels) and yes, the side pipes are correct on 289 cars they were tucked under the body rather than next to it. You can see that there are virtually zero signs of use on the undercarriage and it is very highly detailed and extremely well finished. The six-spoke pin-drive aluminum wheels are a faithful replication of the originals and the knock-off centers are safety wired in place, as they should be. Fresh 235/60/15 front and 295/50/15 BFGoodrich T/A radials give it the right broad-shouldered look.

Documentation is extensive and includes all the receipts from ERA, Keith Kraft, and more, totaling a number that’s considerably bigger than the asking price. It is properly registered with a clean Ohio title, so you will have no problems registering it in your home state.

There are a lot of Cobra manufacturers and a lot of variety out there, but if you seek one of the best-built Cobras we’ve ever seen and one that nails the vintage look and feel, this one has few equals. Exceptional craftsmanship and attention to detail combine with the quality of the ERA product to make a car that will stand out at any Cobra show—not by being the loudest and nastiest, but by being the most correct. If that matters to you, then this is your car. Call today!

For more details and photos, please visit www.HarwoodMotors.com

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