In 1962 Carroll Shelby created the most sought-after American
muscle car in history, the Shelby Cobra. The Cobra model went on to
become the first American-made FIA World Champion in 1965 evolving
into the ultimate expression of power and performance with the 427
A few very special cars were built by AC Cars in England as
continuation cars with hand rolled aluminum bodies. This particular
example has been manufactured by some of the industry's highest
skilled craftsmen using all the original AC 1960s bucks and
tooling. It is completely built by hand with over 3,000 man hours
of labor to the exact 1960s specification. Paint is the traditional
blue with white stripes and white roundels.
The chassis is the traditional 4 inch round tube frame ladder
chassis with tubular body mounting superstructure. It has been
built on original tooling to ensure precise suspension pivot
location and geometrical control. Suspension features fully
independent adjustable unequal length multi-link front and rear
suspension with rear trailing link with coil over adjustable shocks
absorbers front and rear. Steering is manual rack and pinion with
wood-rimmed Momo 16" steering wheel. Brakes are 11" cast iron discs
front and rear with Girling aluminum racing calibers and hand brake
on rear caliber. Manual master cylinder is linked with copper alloy
brake lines. Wheels are 15" Halibrand style aluminum alloy with
7.5" front and 9.5" rear wrapped in Goodyear Eagle "Billboard"
tires. Final drive provided by a 3.54:1 Salisbury rear
The body consists of over 40 pieces of 16SWG aluminum sheet hand
formed and gas welded on the original body hammer form bucks to
construct the one piece body shell that is them hand wrapped onto
the tubular steel chassis superstructure. The interior engine
compartment panels, cabin, boot panels, and floors are also custom
formed aluminum panels. Doors and hood are also hand formed on
original bucks, and include detailed riveting around the hood
scoop. Other features include a Monza fuel cap, chrome roll bar,
and quick lifts front and rear.
The interior features hand crafter leather seats, leather trimmed
aluminum dash panel with original Smiths instruments and black
carpets. A four point driver harness and fire extinguisher are also
The engine is an Iron Block 427 that is bored and stroked to 475CID
with a 9.5"1 compression ratio. The Holley 750CFM carburetors is
fed by a larger 35 gallon aluminum fuel tank. It has new Patrick
Blair Aluminum Heads and it mated to a Tremec 5 Speed Manual. The
original Iron Heads and 4 Speed Toploader Gear Box are included as
Other accessories included are a hand made "Everflex" black roof
with removable side screens and center zip tonneau cover. Also
included are a hand made tool bag including a jack, lead hammer,
spinner lock wire, and pliers.
This genuine LHD example is the 3rd of 10 continuations sanctioned
by and built under the supervision of AC Cars Ltd between 1990 and
2003, each with its own COB chassis number. Built out of sequence,
this car is chassis number COB5010 and was commissioned in 1998.
This example has arguably the best provenance as it was retained by
AC Cars Ltd after completion, being used as their exhibition and
show car, on display at the UK International Motorshow, The
Goodwood Festival of Speed and the AC Centenary event in London. It
was then shipped to the USA and was displayed on the Shelby Stand
and at the Las Vegas Autoshow. It has also been featured in various
books including Cobra by Trevor Legate, Quintin Wilsons Ultimate
Sportscars, and Auto Express.
It is in the Shelby Registry with Chassis COB5010. The car has
10,500 miles on the odometer and is registered in California as a
1966 and comes with California 66 Black Plates. The car has a prior
UK registration as well and includes a Certificate of Authenticity
from AC Cars.
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