Lot 137 - 2002 AC Cobra By Gravetti Engineering
|£23,000 - £29,000
- Faithful replica of the legendary AC Cobra 427
- Comprehensive history with recent works undertaken
- ‘Which Kit’ magazine featured
When a Cobra 427, wearing ‘Daytona’ bodywork, 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 particular example is understood to have been built in the mid/late 1990’s and first registered in October 2002. A full photographic record is included detailing the build. Power comes in the form of the trust Rover 3.5-litre V8 with a Holley four-barrel carburettor, giving ample power and that all important V8 rumble. The suspension is adjustable, so can be tailored to suit the preference of the driver depending on their requirements. The black mohair soft top is removeable, allowing for a very authentic looking car when the roof is removed completely, as the originals were. The car is in excellent order throughout, having covered less than 12,000 miles and the Royal Blue bodywork has an excellent shine. This Gravetti Engineering Cobra is valued at somewhere between 2%-3% of the price of an original 427, and certainly provides much more than 3% of the driving experience! Offered to auction with an MoT test certificate valid until May 2024, a V5C registration document and a comprehensive service record detailing works carried out over the years and a recent bill of nearly £1900 in August 2023 for work on the steering/suspension and a thorough service.
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