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AC Cobra CRS Mk IV



AC Cobra CRS MkIV

Year of manufacture: 2000

Chassis: CRS9510

Mileage: 8800 aprox. [with complete paperwork documentation from new]

Engine: 302ci small block Ford V8.

Transmission: Borg Warner T5 5-speed manual.

Differential: Hydratrak Limited Slip unit.

Exterior: Rosso Corsa with twin Silver stripes

Interior: Light Grey Leather with light grey carpets and over mats.




               


The early production, Mk1, 2 & 3 AC Cobra cars were built from 1962 until 2002 by AC Cars. After production ended AC moved on to building the Frua bodied sports car, while a much more sophisticated vehicle than the Cobra, it actually used the Cobra chassis/suspension and drivetrain underneath its expensive body.

The company had no real interest in the used Cobras or their repair and maintenance. A very skilled gentleman call Brian Angliss set up a repair and restoration service of original Cobra cars in the 70’s. He work was so comprehensive, he realized he could actually build a Cobra from scratch. He approached AC Cars and with their blessing and much of the original manufacturing tooling and body bucks he started to produce the MkIV Cobra. His company Autokraft produced such a high quality vehicle, Ford USA gave it its support, help with USA sales, parts supply and most importantly rights to use the Cobra name for 25 years. The first MkIV Cobra cars appeared in about 1982, and ran to a production figure of about 450 cars.





The main production of the new MkIV Cobra cars are known as “long-nose” vehicles. This is because of their body shape which does have a slightly longer nose section than the 60’s produced cars because as the main selling area for the car was North America and it had to meet the new 5mph impact legislation. Hidden inside the slightly longer nose were impact bars to facilitate any low speed impact.  However, included in the total production were a number of Cobras which followed the 1960’s bodyshape exactly, these arethe “Lightweight” cars.  Total production of this shape car was about 45. These vehicles which look and feel much more like the 60’s originals and today are the most desirable MkIV’s. Production went well for Autokraft, but circumstances finally meant Mr. Angliss left in 1996 with a new owner Mr. Lubinsky taking over. Despite all his good intention and ideas he was only responsible for 22 aluminium bodied supercharged cars called Superblowers and 37 Carbon bodied cars called the CRS.

When Lubinsky closed the doors to English Cobra production in 1992 it was the end of an era. His rights to the Cobra name had ended part way through his new car production and attempts to produce a Cobra outside of the UK have proved very disappointing.




#9510 is the tenth carbon bodied car made by the company. All CRS cars have an autoclaved full carbon weave two piece construction bodyshell, produced by a Formula 3 racing company. The shell on its own weighs just 22kgs. All the doors, bonnet and boot-lid are also carbon construction. They are of a two piece manufacture so are perfectly stiff and strong. The panel fit and gaps are exceptionally good. The steel chassis is the same 4inch circular tubes as used in the 60’s with correct period front and rear suspension components. The CRS uses AP Racing front calipers with special extra thick front discs.

The actual bodyshape is correct to the 1960’s original as the buck used to produce the finished car, was a Factory “Lightweight” vehicle.

The shell is exceptionally strong with a very stiff chassis giving a very precise driving response. The 50/50 weight bias also helps this.

It must be said that new vehicle sales were slow and during the production life of this model, it went through various changes. The worst being, the later the production number, the thinner the body shell became in an attempt to reduce production costs. The last vehicle was reduced to having single skin production bonnet and boot panels which are very flimsy. It is regarded that the very first10 to 14 cars are the best for quality and build standard.

From the original 37 production run, 2 have been destroyed and another the subject of a very serious accident and publically documented rebuild. The car offers the driver the genuine look/feel and driving experience of its mid-sixties forebears but the ease and reliability of a modern fuel injected V8 engine and 5-speed transmission with an overdrive 5th gear for relaxed cruising.




Special options/additions and upgrades:

Glovebox door signed by Carroll Shelby and Jack Sears.

Stainless Steel quick-lift bars front and rear.

Twin chrome roll-over hoops.

Stainless steel free flow exhaust system with twin performance catalytic convertors.

7.5x15 front and 9.5x15 Halibrand wheels with bronze three eared spinners and fitted with Avon CR6ZZ tyres.

Ignition/air cleaner performance upgrades to the engine.

60’s period front light conversion with period interior & exterior mirrors.

60’s 427 S/C type dashboard instrument conversion with Autokraft

[Stewart Warner] instruments.

Front suspension tower strut brace. [very important]

Nardi wood-rim steering wheel.

Willans 3inch wide 4-point harness seat belts.

Special LeMans fastback style hardtop in fiberglass

All the original Factory fitted items that came with this cars from new, such as 16inch Halibrands, chrome bumpers etc, are carefully stored and come with the vehicle.



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