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Lot 209: AC Cobra MK IV

Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2012)

Rightly regarded as one of the all-time great classic sports cars, the muscular, fire-breathing Cobra succeeded in capturing the hearts of enthusiasts in a way realised by few of its contemporaries. Only 1,000-or-so Cobras of all types were built between 1962 and 1967, but such was the model's enduring popularity that production was resumed in 1982 under the auspices of Brooklands-based Autokraft. But for Brian Angliss, the Cobra story would have ended in 1967. The Autokraft boss had built up a business restoring Cobras and supplying parts, and in the early 1980s acquired the rights to the AC name plus a quantity of jigs and tooling from the old Thames Ditton factory. Keeping the overall style of the MkIII, Autokraft produced the MkIV, which was appropriately updated to meet current legislation and powered by a 'Federalised' Ford 5.0-litre V8 engine. Around 480 were built before Autokraft folded in 1996, largely due to costs incurred developing its new Ace model. The AC Cobra on offer today is a very well known and admired ex- race car. Bill Bridges campaigned the car with much success throughout the 1990s. Bill must be most famed for owning Hairy Carary  the yellow Cobra CSX2151- and was the first privateer competition Cobra ever built. During Bridges ownership, 3RVX was rebuilt by Alan Smith to compete in the ERF Intermarque Championship. The car was totally transformed, the colour changed from dark blue to bright yellow with black hide, and the tired 'stock' 302 engine made way for a freshly rebuilt genuine Gurney Westlake engine. Highlights include the result at Thruxton 1995, where Bill Bridges drove the car to third overall in the AMOC/ Porsche Club of GB endurance race. The AC team that day also included the Uniclip Automotive Orange Cobra driven by Andy and Bill Shepherd. During the current vendors ownership it has been prepared as a road car, and now, must be, arguably one of the most historically important ex race, road cars available on the market today. With a proven track record, UK V5 registration papers and a history file, this very special Mk IV Cobra is not to be missed.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number209
Estimate£80000-£90000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1988
Condition rating
Registration number3 RVX
Mileage-
Chassis numberSA9AK3022JA017264
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2