1 of 23: 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra Competition - Jay Leno's Garage

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This incredibly rare Competition model was one of twenty-three produced and stopped by Jay's garage while fleeing wildfires in California! Thanks to Putnam Leasing for letting Jay drive this historic car!
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1 of 23: 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra Competition - Jay Leno's Garage
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  • This was out in Oct, not sure but if i had to guess Jay somehow bought this car since filming. That combination Jay mentioned he had was the engine with the longest timing chain of any car motor. The Ford 427 SOHC V8. www.macsmotorcitygarage.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/427-SOHC-Ford-Full-Cutaway.jpg

    LORISSABOOBMANLORISSABOOBMAN4 ժամ առաջ
  • I love the beast

    Ian ManghamIan Mangham7 ժամ առաջ
  • LOVE IT !!!!

    Dk DKRDk DKR7 ժամ առաջ
  • Low 90's and he's wearing a jacket, I'm from snowy Alberta in Canada, low 90's is almost being naked weather

    Steve LynchSteve Lynch15 ժամ առաջ
  • In my opinion; this is the greatest car ever built.

    austin thompsonaustin thompson16 ժամ առաջ
  • My dream car!

    Carlito MangapitCarlito MangapitՕր առաջ
  • Buy the car, Jay! 😁👍🏼

    Carlito MangapitCarlito MangapitՕր առաջ
  • putting fuel injection on it would be cool

    Jeff WoodardJeff WoodardՕր առաջ
  • About time he covers my favorite car.

    Dalton PowerDalton Power2 օր առաջ
  • in 1964, 17 years old, I walked into my local Ford dealer and saw a brand new 289 Cobra sitting on the show room floor. Ever since the Cobra is my ultimate dream car. The sales man told me that that Cobra sold for $3900,00, imagine that.

    Robert WeldonRobert Weldon2 օր առաջ
  • I guess if I could have any three cars: This one would be #1, a real GT-40 and my old 1966 Pontiac GTO.

    timothy foleyjrtimothy foleyjr2 օր առաջ
  • Not an S/C - built as a race car.

    DCXXXDCXXX2 օր առաջ
  • 🕶

    Motorhome MacMotorhome Mac3 օր առաջ
  • Correct me here, BUT, didn't "Road & Track" just bestow NUMBER ONE status on this car? They assembled the most iconic super cars of all time, and this shelby was their NUMBER ONE. That's really saying something.

    Brad rawsnerBrad rawsner3 օր առաջ
  • I just love that V-8 exhaust note. Thanks, Jay.

    samson3000samson30004 օր առաջ
  • 14:08 one of the speed traps Jay was talking about, motorcycle police unit across street behind fence line can be seen as he passes him!

    Marcus DambergerMarcus Damberger4 օր առաջ
  • Some men want all the ladies in the world and we just want Jay's Garage.

    oscar salazaroscar salazar4 օր առաջ
  • Pure is the word that comes to mind for this car. Basically a high-powered engine and drivetrain with a seat strapped to it

    David StoyanoffDavid Stoyanoff4 օր առաջ
  • This was my dream car.

    Jess WebbJess Webb4 օր առաջ
  • tull box

    Daniel SerranoDaniel Serrano4 օր առաջ
  • formula

    Daniel SerranoDaniel Serrano4 օր առաջ
  • standard s.

    Daniel SerranoDaniel Serrano4 օր առաջ
  • jack

    Daniel SerranoDaniel Serrano4 օր առաջ
  • garage

    Daniel SerranoDaniel Serrano4 օր առաջ
  • d o r

    Daniel SerranoDaniel Serrano4 օր առաջ
  • marucio

    Daniel SerranoDaniel Serrano4 օր առաջ
  • law lo ' lo corridor

    Daniel SerranoDaniel Serrano4 օր առաջ
  • sou

    Daniel SerranoDaniel Serrano4 օր առաջ
  • aerodinamic

    Daniel SerranoDaniel Serrano4 օր առաջ
  • That story about the burned/meltet Miura broke my heart. Please tell me it's getting restored!

    Amund BjerveAmund Bjerve5 օր առաջ
  • The idle alone will scare off wannabe competition.

    Youngone1534 YoungYoungone1534 Young5 օր առաջ
  • Ferris Beuller's Day Off.

    curbmassacurbmassa5 օր առաջ
  • the back looks like a rolls royce

    shaun clarkshaun clark5 օր առաջ
  • Oh my! ...In Your Life!

    Alan attackAlan attack6 օր առաջ
  • I read that Mr. Shebly had an automatic in his daily driver cobra...

    Dabcorn PopperDabcorn Popper6 օր առաջ
  • Oh the sound out of this is AMAZING!!!!

    MAKO23MAKO236 օր առաջ
  • The Sunbeam Tiger is a much better car, light, fast and roll up windows.

    rolonmascararolonmascara7 օր առաջ
  • I love Jay's approvals at 10:58 & at 12:40 , Love the channel Jay.

    Gord RobergeGord Roberge7 օր առաջ
  • If you enjoyed this video, you gotta see FORD vs FERRARI. Look for the COBRA van.

    RTFLDGRRTFLDGR7 օր առաջ
  • Just to hear that engine rumbling makes my day. Old V8 cars sure have something that modern car can never have.

    Shovel RockerShovel Rocker8 օր առաջ
  • Love this car! I could only afford a new Shelby GT350. 😂

    blakerhblakerh8 օր առաջ
  • They should dyno it.

    5.0Foxy83 Mustang5.0Foxy83 Mustang9 օր առաջ
  • It only took Jay 4:20 to use the word “visceral”...why’d it take you so long, Jay??!!

    Bret FBret F9 օր առաջ
  • Jay Leno folks. A very cool dude

    RepublicansDont RiotOrLootRepublicansDont RiotOrLoot9 օր առաջ
  • The Shelby Cobra, the Dodge Viper, the Ford GT40 and the Chevrolet C8 Corvette. From 1962 to 2020, nearly 60 years...these are the only 4 American sports cars of any consequence. Jay hints at it here...on the one hand all the continuation Shelbys and the kit Shelbys have really detracted from the legacy of the all original cars. On the other hand, there is a heritage, a tradition and a performance excellence in every original Shelby Cobra that an eternity of Vipers, GT40s and C8 Corvettes will never approach. Carroll Shelby's formula approached an Occam's Razor of simplicity. Take a small, lightweight car...and then cram the most powerful engine available into it. And yet, here we are nearly 60 years later, and few manufacturers seem to understand that the simplest formula to performance success is still the best. Thank you so much for sharing this engineering icon, this automotive icon, this...AMERICAN icon with the littles, Jay.

    Robert FobianRobert Fobian9 օր առաջ
  • This one blew me away. I think that's my favorite one right there.

    Franklin MacGillacuddyFranklin MacGillacuddy10 օր առաջ
  • I was grinning from the moment you turned her over. What an awesome car. 427 SO is incredible. And you can't beat the FE sound. Thanks for featuring it, and giving it a safe place to stay!

    Einer SchnudfuddyEiner Schnudfuddy10 օր առաջ
  • -loved it-

    Avil GeorgescuAvil Georgescu10 օր առաջ
  • The one thing that comes to mind is how very small it is. I’ve never been up close to an actual AC cobra but for some reason I thought they were a little bigger. I should have known, it’s based on an English sports car. Of course it was going to be small!

    Ralph LivingstonRalph Livingston10 օր առաջ
  • How much was the dealer cost for the competition gas gauge delete? lol

    A. Drew WalkerA. Drew Walker10 օր առաջ
  • Save yourself a sizable fortune and just buy a Superformance MK3.. Unless you’re a stickler for value or having an original car from the period, I don’t see why you’d want a 7 figure car like this, versus a Superformance that can do the same thing. What does an original competition Cobra have over a SPF car besides costing about $1,000,000 or more? Same goes for a period GT40, versus a Superformance GT40. I mean, you can get a “preowned” Superformance MK3, with around 1-2000ish miles, for about $80,000-85,000, if you want to have a Cobra that’s basically ready to go, and don’t want to wait for a SPF dealer to complete your car. Or, if you don’t mind a bit higher mine car, you can find them in the $60,000 range There’s a reason that they are the ones who built the GT40 in Ford versus Ferrari..They’re just that good at what they do. We need to support companies like them, because they’ll be the ones that continue to make “drivers cars”, after most automaker go hybrid or fully electric with their whole lineup..

    Jerry BillingsJerry Billings10 օր առաջ
  • Respect to AC for designing the body in the disunited queendom (uk)

    Ed KramerEd Kramer10 օր առաջ
    • (AC = Auto Carriers )

      Ed KramerEd Kramer10 օր առաջ
  • Those Italians have strong hair roots. That mop is real. Way to go, Leeno.

    Ed KramerEd Kramer10 օր առաջ
  • Best stop in for a burger somewhere, the stage is set for the questions from the kids. Get a little rubber when you leave the In n Out.

    Andrew VareAndrew Vare11 օր առաջ
  • Enough of lame l.a. test drives. Much rather see you driving it around your hometown Andover, Mass

    MontrealMan1970MontrealMan197011 օր առաջ
  • I wonder how the Cobra handles?

    John SiketJohn Siket11 օր առաջ
  • WOW LOVE IT...thanks for saving legends

    Daniel DonahueDaniel Donahue11 օր առաջ
  • You are one lucky man!

    Jack ShepherdJack Shepherd12 օր առաջ
  • He said: "Its like driving a hand grenade.." Jay, you are a multi-millionaire...You could have bought how many at 8-9,000 dollars each ? :)

    circuscasecircuscase12 օր առաջ
  • Awesome J we hope you hang around for a long time

    Jon DunnJon Dunn12 օր առաջ
  • I'm not into cars or even Jay Leno but this was an enjoyable video... His passion for cars is a passion in history and humanity itself.

    Adrienne MAdrienne M12 օր առաջ
  • You can hear how much respect he has for this thing. Also that sound is amazing

    Hillclimbfan1990Hillclimbfan199012 օր առաջ
  • I keep telling himself that I'm a car guy and then I listen to Jay Leno...

    JordanJordan12 օր առաջ
  • I remember reading years ago about how Shelby and Dean Moon dropped in the first V8 (289) into a AC and tearing up the oil fields that were behind Mooneyes. And I remember the oil fields. I grew up in the La Mirada/Whittier area anf my aunt lived in Santa Fe Springs. And there was Mooneyes and a Topless bar, surrounded by oil fields.

    Joseph MartinezJoseph Martinez13 օր առաջ
  • Didn't the 428CJ run with a 625 carb?

    Pat EaglePat Eagle13 օր առաջ
  • i prefer this format.. jay talking about cars.. keep going

    Cindy OlsonCindy Olson13 օր առաջ
  • Jay, i heard your pool man a few years ago was in your spa with his buddy in the nude lol you got home and saw them and fired him..... that's funny as heck!

    Joe LichaJoe Licha13 օր առաջ
  • That air filter looks so tiny for a 427

    Remedy TalonRemedy Talon13 օր առաջ
  • 10:49 that is the take! 12:47 that's what life is about!!

    ZOCIOZOCIO14 օր առաջ
  • Jay Leno is an american treasure!!! I absolutely love these videos, I've learned more off these than I have on any other videos I've watched!!! Lifetime fan thanks to my pops!

    James MathisenJames Mathisen14 օր առաջ
  • So glad Mr Leno is doing this show.

    Ismael BautistaIsmael Bautista14 օր առաջ
  • Best summary by Jay - "This car is like driving a hand grenade."

    itsadubsessionitsadubsession15 օր առաջ
  • The Cobra is why I own a G1 Viper....

    Jdeft DefrostJdeft Defrost15 օր առաջ
  • California fires manage the forests and stop the anarchists and radicals who set most of them pretty much has nothing to do with climate change and everything to do with mismanagement and one party rule. BTW beautiful car....

    Rob CRob C15 օր առաջ
  • Thanks for posting a excellent video Jay. Kind of ridiculous this so-called pandemic things still going on.

    sir lancelotsir lancelot15 օր առաջ
  • Jay Leno paired with Mr. Carroll Shelby, a hand grenade is understated. Shelby America equals pride and envy from the rest to the motor class world

    Rick MansbergerRick Mansberger15 օր առաջ
  • It's a real treat seeing an actual 427 Shelby Cobra automobile!

    Djamal VersteegDjamal Versteeg16 օր առաջ
  • fk you

    Gary KingGary King16 օր առաջ
  • P68 -

    Alton SullivanAlton Sullivan16 օր առաջ
  • back in 65/66 i was in on 7/8th grade and rode my bike down to a car lot on Stevens Creek Blvd just to sit in one of these and have never forgot how great it was, i remember one thing the most was how odd it had no door panels just leather/vinyl ? covers with snaps on the doors

    donald d daydonald d day16 օր առաջ
  • Imagine driving down the road and Jay Leno pulls up next to you in a black Cobra

    John LogsdonJohn Logsdon16 օր առաջ
  • The fireproof garage should have been built underground so as not to become a kiln, defeating it's purpose of sheltering the cars from the elements. I'm assuming with the 100 dollar bill experiment that it was secured in some way on the dash so it didn't fly off when accelerating.

    123abc123abc17 օր առաջ
  • Back in the late sixties they passed a law that limited cars to one horse power per one hundred pounds of weight. The insurance companies and safety organizations were worried because none of the muscle cars had steering and brakes to match their power. Guys would buy a muscle car with the optional big motor and standard brakes and just go out and crash, killing themselves and anybody with them, plus anybody they hit. Plain, skinny, bias tires solid steel dashes, no seat belts etc and you had the perfect coffin with wheels. But Detroit came up with a plan: They would build cars with big engines and just plain out lie about the horse power. The Corvettes, Chargers and Cobras all made a lot more then the hp advertised!

    BullettubeBullettube17 օր առաջ
  • I'd want a brushed aluminum Kirkham Cobra

    Jerry LifseyJerry Lifsey17 օր առաջ
  • I'm dreaming of that in my garage!! Or me driving it down the road

    FREE SPEECHFREE SPEECH17 օր առաջ
  • Thanks Jay, love this format

    Mike DeWittMike DeWitt17 օր առաջ
  • We need you to do an update on your 427 with the cammer.

    Jonny BJonny B17 օր առաջ
  • Poetry in motion.

    Charles CrawfordCharles Crawford17 օր առաջ
  • The reason Jay's show is so great is because *Jay is such a great guy.* He's loaded but he never Ritzes us.

    Jonny BJonny B17 օր առաջ
  • Damn that guy built an oven for a Miura

    rybobunorybobuno18 օր առաջ
  • Jay should get a 4k camera. 4k is way more common now and it would up the production value. Dude is loaded cost is not an issue.

    Swoog3GSwoog3G18 օր առաջ
  • Thank you Jay for these excellent videos, for those of us who will never own one of the cars you feature. It gives us a chance to virtually ride along, we just can't shift the gears and work the loud pedal.

    Tom LongshoreTom Longshore18 օր առաջ
  • My favorite car of all time!

    Doug HiltonDoug Hilton18 օր առաջ
  • Still would be awesome to see one race a Cheetah.

    Old Car GuyOld Car Guy18 օր առաջ
  • Soundwise, this is the BEST video of Jay Leno's Garage. Period.

    Carlos PCarlos P18 օր առաջ
  • That idle gives me goosebumps. Intoxicating!!

    motorcity Mayhemmotorcity Mayhem18 օր առաջ
  • My dream car!

    Jazzsoul 60Jazzsoul 6018 օր առաջ
  • The 427 edition ran out at about 0-100 back down to 0 in a little over 13 seconds .

    William HarveyWilliam Harvey18 օր առաջ
  • 351W , AOD . Not AOD-E

    William HarveyWilliam Harvey18 օր առաջ
  • Jay, Jay Jay. This one is not correct. they NEVER came with white side pipes, this new rollbar seems to be a good inch to maybe inch and a half taller than the more or less useless original, they never came with dark wheels, just unfinished Halibrands. The entire trunk is wrong and so forth and so forth. Ask your buddy Bruce Meyer. He owned #3025 after I did, and I bought it from the original owner! I even have a picture from the day he brought it home to his house back in late 1965. (No, no cooling fans. They overheated in traffic in about 45 seconds but the minute you took off it would cool right back down)!

    Jim LevittJim Levitt18 օր առաջ
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