LMC is very proud to offer for sale this 1966 ERA Cobra
While the 289s were cleaning up against the Ferraris, Shelby knew Enzo would build something for the next season that would be built to beat the Cobra. Shelby had to look ahead to the next season and build something faster. The 289 Cobra could not be made any lighter, so he decided to give the car a larger engine. The first 427 prototype was built on a stiffened 289 chassis, but the small block’s 20-year-old technology could not handle the massive power coming from the new engine. The 427 featured a thick and larger chassis and slightly modified body, but keeping the original 289 doors, windscreen, hood, and trunk lid. By the time the 427 came to life, Ford already had a promising sports car to beat the Ferraris and the GT40. Due to the use of this, the only 427 to ever race for the team was the first prototype, CSX2196. Shelby made many versions of the original CSX 427 Cobras, of which, only 316 were built in total. There were 19 full Competition, 31 S/C models and 260 street cars built, of which, roughly 100 of them came with a lower horsepower 428 engine as this was a way for Shelby to save money. The remaining 160 came with the more powerful 427 engines. The 427 Cobra is the ultimate successor to the 289 and "Anything the 289 did poorly, the 427 did well; and anything the 289 did well, the 427 did better".
As only 316 original Shelby Cobra were ever produced prices have skyrocketed out of the average enthusiast’s price range. Many companies have offer replicas that are close to an original in appearance and performance. This ERA Cobra is a very close replica of an original Street 427 Cobra with the correct body flares and bumpers. It is powered by a Police Interceptor 428ci Ford V8 with aluminum heads and backed by a 4-speed Toploader transmission and independent rear suspension. The engine is topped with a dual quad intake manifold with Holley carburetors to help feed that beastly engine. Other performance upgrades include MSD distributor, MSD coil, and headers. The exterior is finished in a beautiful Dark Green paint complemented by a black interior featuring original style bucket seats with 4-point harnesses. It also features a full gauge instrumentation that is very close to the original with a glovebox. The car is finished with a set of pin drive Halibrand wheels and modern radial tires.
This ERA cobra is an eye-catching replica will give you a very close driving experience compared to an original at a fraction of the price. In it’s street car trim, it looks very correct and original to the average eye. With 427 power this ERA Cobra is sure to be a wild ride!