1965 AC Cobra

289 Cobra

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1965
  • Mileage 
    54 760 mi / 88 128 km
  • Car type 
    Convertible
  • Chassis number 
    CSX 2387
  • Engine number 
    289 c.i. 8-Cylinder
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Guardsman Blue
  • Interior colour 
    Other
  • Interior brand colour 
    Black Leather
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

1965 AC 289 Cobra

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CSX 2387

Guardsman Blue with Black Leather

When AC lost their supply of Bristol and later Ford six-cylinder engines, it appeared that they would have to stop building the Ace, whose lightweight attractive aluminum body and sophisticated chassis and suspension made it in many ways the quintessential British sports car. At the same time, Carroll Shelby had recently retired from motor racing and was running a driving school and selling Goodyear tires, but wanted something more exciting. Having always wanted to build his own sports car, he approached the various Detroit manufacturers and was eventually offered a small but light eight cylinder engine by Ford from their pickup truck line. Aware of AC’s predicament, he approached the management with his inimitable flair, and the Cobra was born. The bodies were built by the AC factory in the United Kingdom before being shipped to the Shelby American’s Southern California factory. Initi

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