2002 AC 427 AC Cobra 427 MK111 S/C - £300,000 Deposit...
Carroll Shelby built a name with the Ford 289 engine, competition was fierce to stay competitive Shelby had to have an answer to the Corvette Grand Sports, which in 1963 were 9 seconds a lap quicker than the Cobras.
Shelby had been promised a new aluminium block version of Fords 390 engine, however internal resistance developed from the NASCAR faction inside Ford. Shelby was forced to make do with the cast iron 427. Although reliable at 500 bhp, the engine was much heavier, so a complete Chassis redesign was needed, the result was a new Chassis, 5 wider with coil springs all-round, Fords engineering department responded , the work was done & the Legendary 427 Cobra was born.
Rule changes meant that just 53 Competition Chassis were completed by AC. Sixteen chassis were sold to private teams, one went to Ford Engineering, 34 remaining chassis were something of a problem, not sold at this time.
Charles Beidler, Shelbys East Coast representative suggested the cars were painted and completed as Street Cars, to be marketed as the fastest street car ever. The idea worked , and the 427 S/C ( for semi competition was born ) as cars were converted for street use 3 more orders were received for full competition cars totalling 19 production full competition cars .
With very low production numbers, authentic competition Cobras seldom change hands.
AC once, one of the best known and prestigious brands in the world had many difficult times in its 100 year history.
In 2002 AC Cars decided the Legend would live on. Announcing to Special order they would build again the AC 427 MK 111 S/C.
OGC 406D is Chassis Number 1 , as such the car was built by AC Cars with no expense spared arguably the highest specification car ever produced during the very limited continuation run by the AC factory between 2001 and 2002.
AC produced only 7 continuation fully built and commissioned series 427 semi competition roadsters and 1 full race version. Chassis No COB 5001 , built by AC Cars using original major components dating back to 1966, this car features the highly sought after Nascar ( 7.0 litre ) blue printed, side oiler engine, which was rebuilt by Mathwall Engineering.
It is capable of developing over 550bhp, 550 lbft of torque, given the right conditions it has the capacity to accelerate at an unbelievable 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds.sitting on Webbers, left hand drive, this car is absolutely breath taking. Finished in Dark Blue with period twin white stripping.
Included is full Weather Gear
This is a very rare chance to acquire just one of 7 all Aluminium continuation cars built using the original body Bucks by AC at Thames Ditton in 2002.
The Cobra comes with an extensive history file which includes Full Dyno Sheets for the 7.0 litre Mathwall Engine.
Specification for Chassis no COB 5001
First Reg by AC Cars 01 08 2002
Engine. Nascar 427 ( 7 Litre )
Carburation 4×2 barrel Webbers.
Power 550 bhp
0- 60 mph. 3,8 seconds
Top speed. 160 mph
Transmission. Top Loader 4 speed
Rear Axle. Salisbury limited Slip.
Final Drive ratio 3.54.1
Available to view by appointment.
- 3500 Miles
- RefCode: TA1092965