AC Cobra CRS Mk IV
AC Cobra CRS MkIV
Year of manufacture: 2000
Mileage: 8800 aprox. [with
complete paperwork documentation from new]
Engine: 302ci small block Ford
Transmission: Borg Warner T5
Differential: Hydratrak Limited
Exterior: Rosso Corsa with twin
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
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
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.