1965 AC Cobra

By Hawk

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1965
  • Mileage 
    22 000 mi / 35 406 km
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Interior colour 
    Black
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Blue
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Registered as a Hawk 289 with a 1965 ID and classified as a historic vehicle (road tax exempt), recorded as first registered in Sept '05, when the build was completed.

Technical specifications in brief:

Genuine small block Ford 289 (4.7 litre) V8 engine, date coded 1965.

This uses the original block, crank and rods but all else is new - pistons, cylinder heads complete (approx. 9:1 CR, unleaded aluminium Edelbrock heads), camshaft and followers, inlet manifold, oil pump, all bearings, timing gear and chain, water pump, Mallory distributor, Edelbrock carburettor, Sanderson ceramic coated exhaust manifolds, stainless steel exhaust, etc.

Gearbox is a Borg-Warner (Tremec) T5, new at time of build. Jaguar powerlok limited slip differential, 3.54:1 ratio (as original Cobras). outboard rear disc brakes (as original Cobra), unique to this car - most have either MGB axle (not really strong enough) or Jaguar with inboard disc brakes. The diff unit was completely rebuilt in '05.

The car has the Hawk special tubular front suspension, with coil-over telescopic dampers.

A complete rear axle, new, comes with the car as a spare, also a spare aluminium radiator and spare brake callipers and discs.

The car comes with a Mohair hood and Mohair tonneau cover. Correct Perspex side screens live behind an elasticated curtain behind the seats, as they would on an original Cobra.

Radiator is new this year, in fabricated aluminium, with new aluminium header tank. All hoses are silicone. Car has a modern heater with variable fan speed. The original Cobra fresh-air ducting is in place, the only Hawk to have this. Seats are black leather, steering wheel is correct Motolita 16" and all gauges are either new or new-old-stock exactly correct for Cobra.

The car is most definitely one of most accurate street-going, non-race re-creation Cobra you will be able to buy without spending significantly more on an aluminium-bodied car such as a Kirkham, even then it won’t be as accurate.