AC Cobra MKIV Shortnose - RHD
11,000 miles from new
Hi spec 302 engine to GT40 tune
One of the last 5 built
Autokraft acquired the rights to use the AC name from Hurlock family and using original tools and jigs constructed the AC MKIV which is more a less tool room copy of the early period AC Cobra.
This stunning example of an AC Cobra MKIV represents one of the last MKIV models made and thus benefitting from all the refinements and developments of this model.
Fitted with a shortnose aluminium body, a leather trimmed aluminuim Mk11 dashboard with "Smiths" style original instruments, this Cobra has black coachwork with a silver stripe. The interior is luxuriously appointed in high grade Wilton black carpets with black leather seats.
The engine is a small block Ford, running a 8.9.1 compression ratio cast iron engine block with cast iron heads, roller camshaft, upgraded SVO lower aluminium inlet manifold/upper aluminium inlet manifold body with performance 65mm throttle body. Apart from making a glorious noise and serious horsepower - the throttle body arrangement results in a seriously tractable car which can either be driven with complete docility in town or with neck straining pace in the country.
TEXT BELOW FROM THE AC CARS BROCHURE IN THE 1980'S CONCERNING THE AC MKIV:
AC Cars is Britain’s oldest car manufacturer and has the unique distinction of having been in continuous operation since 1901.
AC Cars manufactured the AC Cobra during the 1960’s, the majority of which were exported to North America. The present AC Cobra is a development of the 1960’s model, having been re-engineered to meet the stringent vehicle legislations of the EEC and North America.
As the original manufacturers, AC Cars use the original tooling in the construction of the present Cobra. Some 2,000 highly skilled man hours are expended in the manufacture of each vehicle, all traditionally hand built by British craftsmen.
1985 The updated 5.0 litre AC Cobra is re-introduced into North America, using the original tooling and meeting 50 State EPA and DOT Federal Regulations.
1986 After some fifty six years of ownership, the Hurlock family sold their controlling interest in AC Cars to the joint ownership of Autokraft Limited and the Ford Motor Company.
1988 AC Cars moved into a new purpose-built factory of some 90,000 square feet sited within the historic Brooklands race track, scene of many achievements by AC Cars during the 1920s