2009 Shannons Sydney Autumn Classic Auction

1998 AC Cobra Replica Roadster



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Engine V8, 351-cid
Gearbox 5-speed Manual
Body Work Roadster
Colour Blue with White
Interior Black
Trim Leather
Wheels Cast Alloy
Brakes Disc


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What is it about the Shelby Cobra that has made it the most replicated car on the planet? Well, there's the looks for a start - the Cobra, either in 289 or pumped up 427 form, has to be one of the simplest yet sexiest shapes ever conceived on four wheels, with curves in all the right places barely concealing all the hardware underneath. Then there's the sound - the rumble of Detroit V8 iron under the bonnet giving a slightly brutal edge to what might otherwise have been just another pretty English sports car. For those of us lucky enough to slide behind the wheel, actually driving a Cobra is to experience an assault on the senses - the power, speed and noise all come together in an intoxicating mix that leaves the fortunate driver wanting more every time. The Cobra became a legend in its own lifetime and real cars are now collector's pieces, too valuable to risk on the road today. A well-sorted replica makes perfect sense as a track car, club racer or weekend toy, with all the virtues of the original and none of the worries.