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427-Powered FFR Coupe on RCN Classifieds

Factory Five Type 65 Coupe

By Dean Larson

The Daytona Coupe replica market is a pretty diverse one with upper echelon cars asking nearly $400,000. With only six originals built, the sky’s the limit for a top-tier replica because the originals are unobtainable. But for the average guy looking to buy a completed driver-quality coupe, you’ll probably be shopping in the $60,000 to $70,000 range. For that money, you’re probably buying a standard-build Gen II Factory Five with a small-block crate engine, a killer car by anyone’s scale. But if some is good, than more is better, and this FFR Coupe dishes out the better in cubic inches per dollar.

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This Gen II Coupe was completed in 2013 and hasn’t aged a day. The exterior is fairly standard with blue paint and white stripes and the seller reports that the paint is in excellent condition. The FFR-issued Halibrand-style wheels are wrapped in BFG rubber that looks worn-out on the rear at first glance. But a closer look reveals that the rears are g-Force T/A Drag Radials, a sticky DOT-rated street tire with a unbroken center section for better hook up. 

But what we’re really interested in here is the power plant. Under the coupe’s hood lives a dual quad-equipped 427 cubic inch crate engine. The setup looks similar to this 535 hp Windsor-based small block built by Craft Performance Engines, but we’re sure the output is improved by the dual-quad setup. A TREMEC TKO 600 five speed handles the gears and ceramic-coated headers and side pipes provide the soundtrack. 

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While it’s only logged 1,100 miles since completion, the coupe is probably a pretty decent driver. The dash is fairly Spartan, but the builder fitted extra padding in the seats and full carpets with Dynamat underneath to separate you from the fire breather on the other side of the firewall.

The seller is asking just $55,000 for the car, which places it around $5K to $10K ahead of comparable 302-powered cars. Check it out in our classifieds here.

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