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This very rare 1969 Ford Cobra 428 is the real deal and has been completely restored to high show quality standards. It retains its original color combination. It’s powered by its original matching numbers 428 CJ Ram Air V8 engine, C-6 Cruise-O-Matic transmission and 9” rear with 3.50 gears. It’s fully documented with the original build sheet and Marti Auto Works “Deluxe Report” which are included. It’s one of only 3,786 built which makes it highly collectable. As documented this example was built on November 29th, 1968. It was retailed by Massey-Ford located in Hagerstown, MD on April 17th, 1969. It was built in Atlanta, GA as a 1969 Ford Cobra 2-door hardtop with a Royal Maroon Paint exterior and Black Broadcloth/Vinyl bench seat interior. It was ordered with the following options: Deluxe Wheel Covers, F70x14 Traction Tires w/ raised letters, AM Radio, power steering and C-6 Cruise-O-Matic transmission. This vehicle is one of 159 with this paint code, one of 67 with this paint and trim code, one of 1,324 with this engine and transmission code, one of 167 ordered from this DSO and one of 168 with deluxe wheel covers. As the clean title indicates this car was purchased in 2006 by Gregory Silvestri Sr who lived in Maryland. The car was a previous drag car and could’ve been part of Holmann and Moody but there’s no documentation to support that claim. Gregory decided to sell the car a few years later in 2008 to John Armacost who also lives in Maryland. John is a very experienced restorer of various Ford models. John purchased this rare car to restore and bring it back to its glory days. It was a very solid example and completely matching numbers so it made total sense. Unfortunately, parts were hard to source so he had to collect them over the course of many years. Finally around 2014 he started the meticulous nut and bolt restoration which was on a part time basis. He put in the extra effort to restore it correctly as possible. After six years it was completed in mid- 2021 for the Hershey Pennsylvania car show. Since completion it has less than 100 test miles. This car is one of the best examples of its kind and ready for the new owner to enjoy.
The exterior screams muscle car and is striking in appearance with its mean demeanor. The car retains all of its original sheet metal with exception of the hood and trunk lid which was taken off another car. The body and paint work was completed by well-respected Jerry’s Hot Rods in Maryland. The body is very straight with excellent body gaps throughout. It sports a hood scoop and hood pin which looks awesome. The hood, doors and trunk lid close very nicely. The car was repainted in its factory original color of Royal Maroon paint. The paint was recently detailed and looks ocean deep. It does have a small imperfection on the hood that can be seen in the photo gallery. The car retains all of its original Ford Car-Lite stamped glass which is in very nice condition especially considering the age. Everything on the exterior was restored or replaced such as the window trim, wipers, antenna, driver’s mirror, black grille, four Wagner headlights, front bumper, door handles, fender trim, parking light bezels and lenses, trunk panel trim, tail light bezel and lenses, rear bumper and emblems. The wheels originally would’ve been black with larger style deluxe hubcaps which wasn’t very attractive in most people’s opinion. The car sits on 14” steel wheels that were painted body color and then wrapped with Goodyear Polyglas F70x14 white raised letters. The original style smaller dog dish style hub caps are included but weren’t put on for a more aggressive look and to avoid chipping the painted wheels.
The beautiful black interior is very simple but at the same time very stylish. It’s actually very spacious and comfortable. During the restoration the original build sheet was found under the rear seat. The build sheet was laminated for protection and included. It still retains some original interior trim such as the headliner, dash, gauges, seats, seat belts and rear package tray. The bench seat does have a small tear on the driver’s rear corner. The trim pieces such as the door sills, dash hardware, door panels, door hardware, sill panels, pedals and carpeting was replaced new. The tachometer has been rebuilt and is upgraded from the troublesome Ford positive side amperage metering system that doesn’t work well with electronic ignition upgrades. A set of new black carpeted floor mats with the word Fairlane embossed on them were added. Everything in the interior is in working order including the AM radio. The trunk compartment was nicely restored and painted body color. It’s been outfitted with a factory correct style mat. It’s equipped with a matching full size tire and jack tools.
The engine compartment is highly detailed throughout with many correct parts. The cowl is painted in the body color while the firewall, inner fenders and radiator support is painted in the correct shade of black. Everything was restored or replaced such as the hinges, wiring, wiper motor, washer fluid container, master brake booster and cylinder, hoses, hose clamps, etc. The factory stickers and Autolite battery topper were added. The car is powered by the original matching numbers 428-4V Cobra Jet Ram Air V8 engine that was factory rated with 335HP. The engine was completely rebuilt by Morris Automotive Machine located in Manchester, MD. The engine runs and sounds awesome! The 428 CJ was available with or without the Ram Air Induction package, however those with Ram Air still carried the same advertised power rating. The 428 CJ without Ram Air, came with the following items: 80-ampere heavy-duty battery, 3.25:1 open differential, heavy-duty cooling package, 55-ampere alternator, chrome valve covers and dual exhaust. The Ram Air 428 CJ included all the above, but had a 3.50:1 open differential and the functional hood scoop. With Ram Air “428 Cobra Jet” emblems were placed on each side of the hood scoop and without Ram Air “428” emblems were placed on the front fender. It’s equipped with its original Holley 735cfm 4-barrell carburetor and distributor which now is setup with Pertonix electronic ignition. The engine breathes through factory manifolds and a factory reproduction dual exhaust system. The exhaust system is has the original exhaust hangers. The engine is coupled to the original matching numbers C-6 Cruise-O-Matic 3-speed transmission. This transmission was completely rebuilt and shifts excellent through the gears. The power is transferred to the original 9” rear end with 3.50 gears. The rear end was completely rebuilt with a limited slip setup and Ford gears.
The undercarriage is also highly detailed throughout with many correct parts. The underside is nice enough to display with mirrors at a car show. It retains its original floors which are in great condition. The underside was painted in the correct shade of black. Everything was restored or replaced such as the fuel system, power steering system, braking system and suspension components. It’s equipped with KYB gas shocks on the rear.
The build sheet, owner’s manual, Marti Auto Works “Deluxe Report” and miscellaneous restoration photos are included.