For Sale: 1985 AC Cobra in Huntington Station, New York

Vehicle Description

-Black with Black leather interior piped Red and Black carpeting, 10,000-ONE OWNER MILES FROM NEW, 347 Cu-In engine with Weber carburetors used approximately 1,000 miles since installation, Upgraded 5-speed-T5 transmission, Full service and ownership histories, Books, Tools, Jack, Hammer and Original convertible top and weather equipment, One of the finest AC MK IV's available with superb provenance from new.

As with all AC MK IV's, the body is all aluminum and built on the original AC Cobra bucks. In this particular AC's car, we are going to quote the previous owner with regard to this Mk IV's history.

"I am the original owner of this Cobra (I will use the common name). I bought the car after going to see Brian Angliss at his manufacturing facility at the industrial estate adjacent to the old Brooklands Racetrack. Brian and I spent a good part of the day together, and he showed me the factory and manufacturing process for making these cars. I was very impressed by the quality of the work and the product. Brian and I then took a car out and raced up and down the old WW II airstrip on the property. At the end of the day I ordered my car, a Black on Black car with Red seat piping and a hoodscoop. The order was fulfilled by Muck Motors in Buffalo, NY once the car was manufactured. Muck was the dealer.

Once I got the car I drove it mostly for day rides in sunny weather and several times drove it to and from my Summer home on Cape Cod from my home outside NYC. It is wonderful to drive and beautiful to look at. It always attracts a lot of attention. The car has never been raced or driven hard.

I drove it approximately 9000 miles with the original powertrain, and, after I upgraded the drive train, I have driven it about another 1000 miles. I have loved and cherished this Mk IV from new, but have decided it is time for someone else to have it, someone who can love it as much as I have.

About 15 years ago when I retired I decided to upgrade the powertrain. As I started to do my research on what to do, I studied much about the AC Cobras to determine what to do. It struck me that there were many variants of those original cars in engines used, rollbars, exhausts and other things. I remember seeing the Weber carburetor Ford engines seen in the 1960's and later, and I thought that they were among the most beautiful engines ever seen. While the 427 engines captured so much attention, I decided that the weight and heat of these engines did not suit me. In addition, the small block V-8's could easily be built with comparable power figures but better weight and balance. While I wanted to have hosepower and torque figures in the 400's, I also wanted to make sure the car was very streetable, and I never envisioned racing it.

I started with the Ford Boss block to have a 4 main-bolt engine. I added the Stroker Eagle kit with forged pistons and put on Edelbrock heads. The displacement is now 347 cubic engines. I installed a Crane hydraulic cam with .509 intake lift, .532 exhaust lift and duration of 222 degrees of intake, 232 degrees of exhaust on a 112 centerline. I put on 4 Weber IDF 48 carburetors which I have had set-up by a specialist referred to me by Jim Inglese. The crank is now a forged unit. The headers and exhaust have been made by American Racing Headers out of stainless steel. According to the caruretor specialist he estimates that the engine generates at least 450 horsepower. The transmission is an upgraded T-5.

I shipped the car to HRE in Long Island, NY, at the recommendation of Shelby American. The owner Bill Andrews had enormous Cobra expertise. He detailed the car and brought everything up to perfect condition, including repainting the car. Bill's work is perfect.

The car is stored inside and has been so kept for most of its life.

I have kept the original 5.0 liter Ford engine and transmission (and a small number of other original parts) which I will offer to the next owner."

I think is about sums the history up in a nutshell and comes directly from this Mk IV's one and only owner from new!

This is a proper aluminum AC Cobra with excellent provenance and should be considered one of the best of its kind the world over.

Vehicle Details

  • 1985 AC Cobra
  • Listing ID: CC-1823367
  • Price: Contact Seller
  • Location:Huntington Station, New York
  • Year:1985
  • Make:AC
  • Model:Cobra
  • Odometer:10000
  • Stock Number:C1597
  • VIN:SA9AK3
Listed By:
Autosport Designs Inc
203 West Hills Road
Huntington Station, NY 11746

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