Just when you thought you’d not heard an AC Cobra for a while, 2 new models and a third recreation come along at the same time – an AC Cobra Series 1 electric, AC Cobra 140 Charter Edition and a recreated model of the famous AC Cobra 378 Superblower MkIV.
The legendary AC Cobra has been produced intermittently in both the UK and the US since 1962 and has a loyal and dedicated following around the world. The prodigal Cobra has returned to its native shores and will be sold, albeit in small numbers, in the UK with two new AC Cobra models arriving in blighty today.
AC Cobra Series 1
Described as a ‘faithful recreation’ the first of the trio is the AC Cobra Series 1 electric embraces the spirit of the 1962 Cobra but has been adapted to utilise an electric motor and will be powered by a front-loaded 54kWh battery offering a range of approximately 150 miles with 0-60 mph in 6.7 seconds and a top speed of 120 mph.
AC Cobra 140 Charter Edition
Second, in the arrivals is the AC Cobra 140 Charter Edition which features the same 350 bhp 2.3-litre power unit used by Ford in its latest Mustang model, delivering the pilot a 0-60 mph in 6 seconds and a similar top speed of 120 mph. Both ACs were loaded today to ship from the factory to the UK.
The two new cars are each being produced in two limited editions of 58 cars for sale in the UK. The number of cars is significant because it is 58 years since the creation of the world-famous AC Cobra model.
Speaking today the man behind the project to return AC to sales, Alan Lubinsky, said that the significance of the shipment couldn’t be overestimated.
“It may be 58 years since AC first shipped Cobras around the world but it’s only one month since AC Cars said we would do just that once again and now we’re ‘bang’ on time.”
The dynamic duo will make their way to the Derby premises of Falcon Electric who will be designing and providing the electric motor and running gear for the electric model and also install the Ford-sourced petrol engine for the Charter Edition model.
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AC Cobra 378 Superblower MkIV
Based in the north of London, Boss Motor Company of Buckinghamshire will be the sole source of a specially recreated model of the famous AC Cobra 378 Superblower MkIV, a sports supercar with the true AC Cobra pedigree which was conceived and launched by the current owners of AC Cars in 1998.
Mr Lubinsky went on to say:
“The development of the AC Cobra 378 Superblower MkIV is an important continuation of this sought after range for us after we developed the original version in 1998.”
With a distinctive growl and from its V8 powerplant, the 378 will be priced at an eye-watering £129,500 on the road and offers prospective buyers an impressive specification list which includes:
- Original style 4inch round tube ladder frame chassis
- 6.2 litre 580bhp Supercharged V8 Engine
- 6-speed gearbox, aluminium radiator and header tank with Electric Cooling Fan
- High Performance – Servo Assisted Race Specification Calipers with Ventilated Disc Brake System
- 3.45:1 Ratio – Limited Slip Differential
- Front and Rear Multi-Link Suspension with Coil-Over Shock Absorbers
- Front and Rear Anti-roll bars
- Pin Drive 8″ x 16″ Front – 10″ x 16″ Rear Wheels
- Hand Crafted Interior Finished in Black Leather
- Glovebox in Leather
- Door Map Pockets
- Deep Pile Carpets and Leather Covered Instrument Panel
This car is classed as a genuine AC Cars product and will come with a certificate of authenticity and a designated ‘COB’ chassis number on the correct ‘AC Cars’ Chassis Plate.
Interested parties are encouraged to contact Boss via 01923 267200 or for the new factory-built AC Cobra 378 Superblower MkIV.
The first production car is currently being built, and further customer cars will be available to order.