1966 AC Cobra 427 Replica
This is a very special motor car that has to be one of the most period, authentic 427 Cobra replica's on the market. This is a car that has been obsessively detailed to evoke an original well used but loved AC 3300 series late 1966 Cobra. The Cobra was built in 2009 and based around the highly respected AK body and chassis and correctly registered as such. The car has been further developed by its former owner with no expense spared, with over £15,000 invested in the last year alone and all work carried out by the respected historic race specialist RH Classics of Twyford, who have maintained the car in immaculate order. Since built the Cobra has covered 6500 miles and is ready to use and enjoy.
The car boasts a Ford competition specification 6.4 litre engine developing over 450 bhp, with Scat 393ci stroker crank, Probe forged SRS pistons, Mahle Plasma piston rings, Compcams XE284 hydraulic flat cam, AFR Outlaw heads, Smiths Brothers pushrods, Scorpion ally billet roller rockers, Roma harmonic balancers, topped off with a Holley Double Pumper carb. Due to many hours and weekends the car shows a dressed down engine bay, with over £2000 worth of period correct tinware from Cobra guru Nick Acton in the U.S so no blue silicon pipes, chrome, billet aluminium or brightly coloured fittings anywhere; just an authentic 1960's engine bay, even down to the rare Trico washer bottle and correct Girling fluid fillers.
Lots of lovely period details including correct pin drive, lock wired Hallibrands, recently refinished in satin black, correct Avon tyres, 1966 Surrey registration number with new old stock cast number plates from Tippers Vintage and the rare but correct Lucas RER31 rear lamps. The interior features period switches, Motolita wheel and correct steering boss, as original. There is even an original 'Bradburn & Wedge' AC dealer plaque on the dash.
The cumulative effect is of a correct and genuine looking car that accurately evokes the look, feel, sound and smell of a Thames Ditton built car. The car was painted last December in correct Lincoln Silver Frost, with complimenting black trim the car and it is truly wonderful. It offers true class, quality and is without doubt the very best Cobra replica we have ever seen. This is not only down to the superb build quality, but the keen eye for detail and enthusiasm from the vehicles last owner.
On the road, this Cobra is brutally fast, yet entirely tractable and has completed over 3000 absolutely reliable miles in recent ownership. Fitted with a 5 speed box, so equally at home pottering around town as it is driving 300 miles down to Goodwood and back, which it did earlier this year faultlessly. There are few cars this side of £150k that are so much fun to drive and so rewarding to own. This is not the typical Cobra replica and needs to be seen and driven to be fully appreciated. Finding cars with this extent of detail is becoming increasingly difficult and is certainly a car for the discerning buyer.