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Lot 345: 1963 AC Cobra 289ci

British & Continental Sports & Touring Motor Cars, Coys (29 March 2008)

Throughout the history of the automobile, one car will stand out among the rest as being indicative of its era: for many people the AC Cobra will always be the car which symbolises the 1960s. The Cobras ancestry went back to 1954, with the advent of the AC Ace. This excellent John Tojeiro designed chassis was first powered by AC's six cylinder, 1,991cc engine, but AC soon introduced the Bristol two litre unit producing a healthy 125bhp and providing a top speed of 115mph. The AC Ace Bristol made an excellent sports car as well as a successful club racer but by 1961 the supply of Bristol engines had ceased and AC substituted Ford's 2.6 litre, straight cylinder motor. Despite this engine's Raymond Mays modified cylinder head and induction system, and a power output of 170bhp, the extra weight cancelled out any real improvement in performance. It was at this time that Carroll Hall Shelby, notable Texan race driver, race car constructor and winner of the 1959 Le Mans 24 Hours, approached AC with his suggestion for a new engine and chassis combination. Shelby was familiar with the way European-built road cars could out handle anything built in America at the time, whilst he was equally aware that when it came to sheer power there was nothing that moved a car like a big American V8. By good fortune, Ford had just developed a new 221cu.in V8 which was intended for its new range of sports coupés. Shelby made an agreement with Ford to supply this V8 bored out to 260cu.in/4.2 litres, and AC agreed to modify a chassis to accept it. Thus was born the new AC, thereafter known as the AC Cobra. From its conception, Shelby never expected the Cobra to become a mass production car. Each chassis and body was handmade in the traditional way by AC at Thames Ditton and then shipped to Shelby in America to be fitted with its large American engine. Only the first 75 cars received the 260cu.in block, those thereafter being fitted with the new 289cu.in/4.7 version of the V8. The Cobra 289s were an immediate success on the race track, drag strip and in rallies, and they scored wins against strong international sports car competition, winning at Daytona, Sebring, Oulton Park, Nrburgring and, to Ferrari's acute embarrassment, at Monza. Although the Cobra 289 was later developed by Shelby into the 7.0 litre Cobra 427, it was never to be as successful as the 289 which, while not quite having the ultimate power of its larger brother, always had a far better handling chassis. And it was the 289 that won the World Manufacturers' Championship in 1965. Manufactured in July 1963 this particular left-hand drive example is reported to be in good condition throughout having benefited from a full restoration in 2003/'04. Sitting on chrome wire wheels and with a side-exit exhaust system, this aluminium-bodied roadster looks striking from every angle. The 4.7 litre engine is described as being in good order along with the Borg Warner T10 four speed gearbox, chassis and black interior. The vendor informs us that there is another car in America reporting to be chassis CSX2386, however the vehicle on sale today is registered with German title under the chassis number CSX2386. Also supplied with the car is a valuation/condition report from TV in 2005 declaring the car to be both chassis CSX2386 and in good condition. This particular AC is well restored, 'on the button' and ready to be enjoyed.Diese linksgelenkte Cobra aus dem Jahre 1963 befindet sich nach den Angaben des Einlieferers in gutem Zustand, ein Ergebnis umfangreicher Restaurierungsarbeiten in den Jahren 2003 und 2004. Mit Chromspeichenrdern und seitlichem Auspuff sieht diese Cobra mit Aluminiumkarrosserie wirklich gut aus jeder Perspektive aus. Auch der 4.7 Litre gro?e Achtzylinder macht die richtigen Gerusche. Der derzeitige Besitzer hat uns erklrt, da? eine zweite Cobra in Amerika mit der gleichen Chassis-Nummer CSX2386 existiert, allerdings ist diese Fahrgestellnummer auch im deutschen Kraftfahrzeugbrief dieser Cobra eingetragen. Ein TV-Gutachten aus dem Jahre 2005 besttigt den guten Zustand der Cobra. Viel Auto fr's Geld!

Lot Details
Auction British & Continental Sports & Touring Motor Cars
Coys, Essen
TypeCar
Lot Number345
Estimate€110000-€140000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€130000
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1963
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Registration numberEU registered
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Chassis numberAB86CSX2386
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