1981 AC Cobra

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1981
  • Mileage 
    8 339 mi / 13 421 km
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    JAALP3CC3303890
  • Engine number 
    107808
  • Lot number 
    209
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Black
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

The combination of RAM and Reynard resulted in a properly engineered Cobra ReplicaDonor car was a 1981 Jaguar 4.2 XJ6.Jaguar running gear with the addition of adjustable coil-oversPowered by 350ci (5.7-litre) Chevrolet small-block V8 mated to a 5-speed manual gearboxChrome overriders, wind deflectors, polished aluminium stone guards, single hoop drivers roll-over barFlip-top fuel filler, side-exit exhausts and 15" Halibrand wheels with black inserts and replica spinnersFinished in black and gold with a stunning cream and black interior. Willans harnesses8,339 miles indicated. Freshly MOT'd, serviced, fully inspected and road tested prior to our saleReplicas of the legendary AC Cobra built by RAM, although naturally similar in appearance to other Cobra replicas, are totally different under the double-skinned fibreglass shell. Instead of a ladder frame chassis, there is a full space frame which was developed by RAM's creator, Adrian Cocking, in conjunction with single-seat racing car constructors, Reynard. The very nature of the RAM's chassis construction gives increased rigidity over most ladder frames which inevitably offers handling benefits. Jaguar top and bottom wishbones are hung onto the front of the chassis and used in conjunction with uprated road springs and dampers.At the rear of the car, a modified Jaguar XJ-Series rear axle is used with shortened drive-shafts. The space frame design offers the safety-conscious a well-braced body shell with many impact-absorbing zones and the driver is surrounded by a substantial framework. The fuel tank, often a touch vulnerable with other designs, is set deep into the chassis behind the seats for protection. Most RAM Cobra replicas were fitted with a mildly tweaked Rover V8 engine or, in some cases, a large American V8 unit was used giving similar performance to the original Shelby Cobra.The lovely RAM Cobra featured here is indeed powered by 350ci(5.7-litre) Chevrolet small-block V8 fuelled through a Holley 650CFM carburettor under a chromed Edelbrock air filter and mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The donor car was a 1981 Jaguar 4.2 XJ6 so the running gear is naturally Jaguar with the addition of adjustable coil-overs. Although registered as 1981, we believe that this particular vehicle was built around 1994 as there are spec-sheets from RAM in the file dated January 1994.The car is finished in gleaming black with two large gold stripesrunning the length of the bodywork. Externally the look is completed by chrome front overriders, wind deflectors, polished aluminium stone guards, single hoop drivers roll-over bar, acentre mounted flip-top fuel filler, side-exit exhausts and 15" Halibrand wheels with black inserts and replica spinners.The interior is equally well presented in cream leather piped in black, with black carpets edged in cream. The cream leather theme is continued through the door cards onto the very tidy dashboard which is fronted by a three-spoke Moto-Lita wood rim steering wheel. Willans, three-point harnesses are fitted to both seats.With only 8,339 miles indicated and on offer from a much-pampered private collection, this delectable RAM Cobra seems like tremendous value. As is our vendor's custom, the car will be freshly MOT'd, serviced, fully inspected and road tested prior to our sale.