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|AC Cobra 427|
Coys of Kensington
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|The Cobra on offer here is an example of the later, 'wide-hipped' 427s. Believed to have been supplied new by Shelby American in October 1966, the Cobra was acquired by Californian Lynn Park in the mid 1970s and completely restored. The resulting car appeared at SAAC-6 in Monterey in August 1981, where it was voted the “Best 427 street Cobra”. It was also featured in the January 1982 issue of 'Popular Hot Rodding', as well as the May 1982 issue of Car Exchange. The car was sold in 1985 to ex-President of Paramount Films Frank Mancusso and purchased in 1987 by noted Cobra collector Harley Cluxton of Phoenix, Arizona.|
The Cole Yacoobian group acquired it in late '87, advertising it the following year for the then not-inconsiderable sum of $250K. The car was featured in the magazine, Muscle Cars of the '80's, vol 1, #1, the editor proclaiming that the car is widely regarded by AC Cobra owners as one of the nicest around – very original and very correct”. The Cobra was subsequently sold to a Spanish collector who kept it for a number of years until it was purchased in 2005 by the current owner through marque expert Rod Leach.
Beautifully presented in Rangoon Red paintwork with black leather upholstery and hood and tan tonneau and sidescreens, this Cobra has a delightful patina. The 427ci big block engine has been rebuilt by Knight Racing Services and is in fine fettle, starting easily and performing strongly accompanied by an outrageous, spine-tingling soundtrack from the side exiting exhausts. Indeed, as stated in the September 2012 issue of Classic and Sportscar Magazine where this car featured on the cover, 'the acceleration truly is that most over-used of American adjectives – awesome'. And this fearsome Cobra is not just fast but also civilised 'the real revelation, though, is just how well-mannered this 150mph plus car is in traffic' enthused Julian Balme.
The word icon is often used inaccurately to describe a car however in the case of the AC Cobra its use is entirely appropriate. Manufactured in limited numbers, with purposeful yet graceful lines and with giant killing performance on road or track, the Cobra is rightfully considered to be one of the all-time greats and the example we are offering here is arguably the very best one available today.
Sold on the 28.03.2013
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