- Recent respray, gearbox overhaul, new carpets and seats
- Photographic record of works carried out since 2015
- c.10,000 miles recorded
The iconic Cobra was born when Texan Carroll Shelby shoe-horned Ford's new lightweight 260ci V8 into the nose of the John Tojeiro designed AC Ace. The resulting car was a winner from nose to tail, and in later 289ci and 427ci guise accounted for countless race and championship victories on both sides of the Atlantic. Under the circumstances it is now hard to believe that the final road-going versions were slow to find homes. Fast forward 15 years or so, however, and original Cobras were suddenly escalating in value, quickly shooting way beyond the reach of most enthusiasts for ever. Almost overnight the market for evocations was born.
Amongst the most respected manufacturers of Cobra evocations, AK Sportscars was founded in 1992 by Alan Frew and Ken Freeman. This example is understood to have been completed in 2006 by an engineer and experienced kit car builder. Since entering the vendor's collection in 2015 it has been treated to a professional respray in red, the gearbox has been comprehensively overhauled, a new clutch has been fitted and new seats and carpets installed. Described as being in excellent condition as regards its bodywork, paintwork, engine, transmission and cream/black interior trim, it is powered by a 5.7-litre V8 driving through a five-speed manual gearbox. Registering some 10,000 miles on its odometer it is accompanied by a Swansea V5 document recording just one previous keeper and an MOT until August 2017.