1987 AC Cobra MKIV
Stunning, low mileage Cobra
Surely one of the best looking cars ever made
First purchased by David Bennet in 1987, this automotive masterpiece then passed to the second keeper in 1998, who cherished this beauty for the next two decades. This particular Cobra has a meticulous service record, returning only to specialists of the AC marque throughout this time.
On the mechanical side, the power plant has been upgraded to a more powerful Ford 302 SVO, GT40 specification unit at circa 24,000 miles. In addition to this, the gearbox has been rebuilt at 34,551 miles, and most recently the clutch at 37,352 miles. Further upgrades include the fitment of front and rear anti-roll bars.
The history file is extensive, including details of the initial purchase followed by the service record to date.
This Cobra has retained the stunning Guardsman Blue body exterior colour and contrasting Tan Hide interior that matches the AC Factory build ledger (The Bible).
Lending a period feel is the addition of bullet racing mirrors and Wooden Rim Motolita Steering wheel. Included in the cockpit is a battery cut off switch and four-point harness for both seats. Exterior details follow suit, with “Tri Eared” bronze spinners and 16 inch Halibrand Wheels.
All associated weather gear (hood frame, tonneau and side screens) are present alongside the handbook and two sets of keys.
An exceptional car, presented in outstanding condition.
A brief history
By the 1970s AC had stopped servicing Cobras, and Cobra mechanic Brian Angliss quickly stepped in to fill the void. With a strong customer base and good reputation, he grew close to the AC factory. He was eventually able to collect enough original tooling, jigs, and body bucks from the Thames Ditton facility to fabricate new aluminium bodies. While also utilising the same tooling and jigs used to build the original Ace and Cobra bodies.
A new AC company was established as a joint venture with Ford, which began offering the AC Mk IV, a revival of the original Cobra, which ended production with the Mk III in 1967. These cars, built using the original tooling and the same materials as the originals, were praised for their exceptional build quality.
Following many similarities of the MKIII, placement of a large ford powerplant, this time a 302 cu into the coil-sprung ladder chassis with a curvaceous hand-formed aluminium body to suit.
Ultimately, approximately 480 Mk IV Cobras were built in total.