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1964 AC Cobra MK 2
This tool room copy of a 1964 AC Cobra MK2 was built with meticulous attention to detail by its former owner, a well-known AC enthusiast and restorer of AC Ace, Aceca and Cobras.
Built-up on an absolutely correct chassis and all aluminium body, by Kirkham, and incorporating many genuine and hard to find AC parts sourced from within the AC Club, the finished result is indistinguishable from an original car. For the uninitiated Kirkham is the 'go-to' company for many owners of genuine Cobras, who have had to replace bodies and/or chassis in the course of restoration or post-race rebuilds. The chassis is identical to the original with transverse leaf springs front and rear, while the body is dimensionally correct and made of aircraft grade aluminium by the US company which set out making blue-printed parts for genuine cars and ended up building complete turn-key examples, from their former MIG Fighter base in Poland.
The engine, a Ford 302 small block V8 dressed to look like a 289, was built by another respected AC specialist Mike Huddard, and conceived as a fast road/track unit delivering 240 bhp at the wheels with 235 ft.lbs torque at 3500 r.p.m. (this was tested on rolling road at Austec Racing). It has a tuned exhaust system with tubular headers and stainless steel boxes and back pipes. At 95 decibels the noise meets even Goodwood requirements for Track Days without the loss of that unmistakable vintage exhaust note.
Originally fitted with a super T 10 4 speed cast iron gearbox, this has been replaced by the current owner with a 5 speed T5 to give excellent long distance cruising.
The dash board instruments are the period correct Smiths items. The steering wheel is a hand made period unit from the AC factory. The seats made to the original pattern are trimmed in black leather. There is also a full race harnesses and full weather gear in black. Wind deflectors are fitted.
In addition the car comes which a spares package consisting of a stainless steel roll over bar (not currently fitted); spare windscreen and a brand new hard top in GRP which will require fitting and painting.
With the discreet styling of the 289 Mk2 model, together with the distinctive 'period' colour scheme of pale blue over black wire wheels, his example has a particularly attractive and understated 'old school feel' rarely found even on genuine Cobras.