Coys Auction - Grand Prix, Competition, Touring & Rally Cars and Collectors' Items
National Exhibition Centre
B40 1NT UK
Saturday 10th January 2009
When The Autocar road tested an AC Cobra 427, they found it could accelerate, 0-l00mph, in 11.7 seconds and cover the standing quarter mile in 12.9 seconds. It was the fastest 0-l00mph acceleration that The Autocar had ever recorded at the time of its test. The rear wheels spun all the way to 60mph in first gear, third gear was not engaged until 115mph had been reached, and top speed was given as ‘in excess of 145mph‘. A reasonable estimate would be over 160mph. This startling car was to set the precedent for perhaps the ultimate sports car, a real racing machine for the road. The popularity of this car is evident almost 50 years on with the Cobra still in production today, with styling almost unchanged albeit a number of modern modifications and engine choices.