1965 Shelby Cobra

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Overview


Cobra Mark III production began on January 1st, 1965. Two prototypes had been sent to the US in October of 1964. The new car was designed in cooperation with Ford in Detroit.


Cobra Mark III production began on January 1st, 1965. Two prototypes had been sent to the US in October of 1964. The new car was designed in cooperation with Ford in Detroit. A new chassis was built using 4-in main chassis tubes instead of the previous 3-in. It had coil springs all around,wider fenders, and a larger radiator opening. The "side oiler" Ford 427 engine was dropped in the bay and rated at 425 hp.

A total of 300 Mark III cars were sent to Shelby in the USA from '65-'66. Twenty-seven small block narrow fender versions, referred to as the AC 289, were sold in Europe.

The MK III missed homologation for the 1965 season, but private owners continued to race the car and were winning races all the way into the 70s. The remaining 31 unsold cars were detuned and fitted with windscreens for street use. Called S/C for semi-competition.

The Daytona Coupe was still being produced to compete.

Production Numbers


MK III S/C 51
Daytona Coupe 6
MK III Competition 19
MK III Prototypes 2
Total Production 78

Performance Specs


Engine Size Carb. HP Torque 0 to 60 Quarter mile
Cobra 427ci - 425 - - -
Competition 427ci Holley 780 CFM Carb 550 at 6700 472 lb-ft at 3700 - -

Transmission


  • 4-Speed Manual

Paint & Colors


Exterior

Black
Titanium
Shelby Guardsman Blue
Monza Red
Navy Blue
Dark Silver
Wimbledon White
Yellow

Interior

Black

OEM Brochures

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