Coys Auction - The Spirit of Motor Cars
Berkshire SL5 7JX
Saturday 4th October 2008
Motor Cars at 15:00
When The Autocar road tested an AC Cobra 427, they found it could accelerate from 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 magazine had ever recorded at the time. 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 with a number of modern modifications and engine choices.