Lot 292 - 1964 12833 Cobra 427 by Gravetti Engineering
|Odometer reading||11,031 miles|
|Estimate||£20,000 - £24,000|
|Result||Sold - £17,360|
"When a Cobra 427 was tested at 180mph on the M1, the Minister of Transport retaliated by slapping a 70mph speed limit on all Britain's roads." This (apocryphal) story is typical of the folklore that surrounds one of the last production cars to be designed, built and bought purely for the joy of driving. The GE 427 is a realistic replica of the 1960's classic; devastating acceleration, grossly illegal top speed, leech-like road holding and aggressive, head-turning body styling. But with the advantages of modern engineering techniques and safety features. GE Ltd. offered four engine and three gearbox options which were fully rebuilt and guaranteed for 12 months. The ladder style chassis was fully protected with two part acrylic paint and waxoyl. The front and rear suspension and brakes were taken and modified from a donor Jaguar which also supplied the identity and year of the car. Rack and pinion steering and wheels are Halibrand replicas. As the GE sales brochure states: 'Don't buy a GE 427 to impress your mother-in-law. Don't buy one as a family runabout. Don't buy one to take your bank manager to lunch. Buy one for the sheer enjoyment.'
This GE 427 was built to the highest specification around 1991; the engine is from a Ford Mustang, the small block V8 289cu.in. which was overhauled and fitted with competition cam shafts, the new Holley carburettor is mounted to Edelbrock inlet manifold and the gearbox is a four speed Hirst Super Shift, all of which makes this a 150mph car. The modified suspension and brakes which gives this 427 its identity are from a 1964 Jaguar S-Type which also means the car is tax exempt. The vendor purchased the car from the first owner in the late 1990's and took the car to France where he used it regularly to 'pop down to the shops'. He returned to live in the UK in 2012 and found that storage was very limited - hence a very reluctant sale. This excellent example is finished in dark blue with bronze bonnet stripes and dark blue leather interior and is supplied with a full tonneau cover and weather equipment, a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in July 2014 and a file containing sales brochures, technical information and invoices going back to 1991. This is a rare opportunity to own a tribute to the iconic AC Cobra which will give you the same sensation and exhilaration as the original car but at a fraction of the cost.
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