Lot 179: Autocraft AC Mk IV Cobra
The AC Cobra, sold as the Ford/Shelby AC Cobra in the United States and often known colloquially as the Shelby Cobra in that country, is an American-engined British sports car produced intermittently since 1962. This had a hand-built body with a steel tube frame, and aluminium body panels that were made using English wheeling machines. The AC Cobra was a financial failure that led Ford and Carroll Shelby to discontinue importing cars from England in 1967. AC Cars kept producing the coil spring AC Roadster with narrow fenders, a small block Ford 289 and called the car the AC 289. It was built and sold in Europe until late 1969. AC also produced the AC 428 until 1973. The AC Frua was built on a stretched Cobra 427 MK III coil spring chassis using a very angular steel body designed and built by Pietro Frua. With the demise of the 428 and succeeding 3000ME, AC shut their doors in 1984 and sold the AC name to a Scottish company. The company's tooling, and eventually the right to use the name, were licensed by Autokraft, a Cobra parts reseller and replica car manufacturer owned by Brian A. Angliss. Autokraft manufactured an AC 289 continuation car from 1982 as the Autokraft Mk IV, basically a Mk III with a 302 cubic inches (4.95 L) Ford V8 and Borg Warner T5 Transmission. The Mk IV also received an independent suspension. Shortly thereafter, Carroll Shelby filed suit against AC Cars and Brian A. Angliss, in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. The ensuing settlement resulted in Shelby and AC Cars/Angliss releasing a joint press release whereby AC/Angliss acknowledged that Carroll Shelby was (and is) the manufacturer of record of all the 1960s AC Cobra automobiles in the United States and that Shelby himself is the sole person allowed to call his car a Cobra. Nonetheless, production of the Mk IV continued, from 1987 as a joint venture with Ford as the AC Mk IV with a 250 hp at 4,200 rpm, 4,942 cc Ford V8 which provided a top speed of 134 mph and 0100 km/h in 5.2 seconds. This wonderful aluminium bodied example, presented in rosso corso red, comes with a 5 litre Ford engine with a GT40 head, upgraded suspension and has a recorded 13,670 miles on the clock. The car comes with a tonneau, immobiliser, wind deflectors and a MOT which expires April 2014. This is a stunning model which still raises the hair on the back on your neck when flat out on the open road - exhilarating and ruggedly beautiful, this iconic British sportscar is a real head turner with performance to match. ( Private number plate is available by separate negotiation).
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