Lot 289 - 1993 AC Cobra by Autokraft
|Odometer reading||15,732 miles|
|Estimate||£65,000 - £80,000|
The AC marque is inextricably linked with the timelessly stylish bodies utilised by Carroll Shelby and married with 260ci and 289ci Ford small block engines to produce one of the most desirable and capable sports cars in history. Light and nimble with brutish American power under the hood, the Shelby Cobra was a fearsome weapon both on the track and road.
In the 1970s, the AC factory at Thames Ditton stopped service and repair of older Cobras. Brian Angliss' Cobra Parts operation quickly picked up that business and built up a strong and influential customer base. He also moved closer to the factory operation over the years, eventually collecting enough original tooling, jigs, and body bucks from Thames Ditton to fabricate new aluminium bodies.
The quality of Angliss' work was so well-respected by owners and others in the AC community, that in 1986 he was allowed to purchase the rights to the AC name from the Hurlock family, who had been strongly protective of the name. A new AC company was established as a joint venture with Ford who had also recently bought Aston Martin. Angliss' company then became Autokraft which began offering the AC Mk. IV since the last production of the AC/Shelby Cobra had ended with the Mk. III in 1967. Given his legal right to use the AC name and, more importantly, the unbroken lineage of craftsmen, tools, and materials employed in their production, these cars were lauded for their high levels of build quality and their retention of the original's spirit and are generally considered 'continuation' cars. Autokraft shortly thereafter moved to a purpose-built factory in Brooklands and in total, approximately 480 Mk. IV Cobras were built.
This wonderful aluminium bodied Mk. IV, presented in Rosso Corsa red with black leather interior, comes with a five litre Ford engine and GT40 heads, T5 manual gearbox and upgraded suspension with just 15,732 recorded. The car comes with a tonneau, immobiliser, wind deflectors and original Autokraft Instruction/Service Book with well documented history and MoT test certificate which expires November 2015. The wheels are also correct period Halibrand items with centre spinners and shod with new rubber. Supplied with the addition of a roll-hoop and quick-release Motolita steering wheel to add to the overall impression, the driving experience is, as you would expect, exhilarating.
Interested parties should note that the correct Moto Lita AC Cobra steering wheel is currently being fitted.