www.selectinggear.com are delighted to offer for auction this truly beautiful AC Cobra recreation.
Unique Autocraft Cars were built in very small numbers in Harlow in Essex between 1981 and 1993, in total only around 99 were made. The only model made was a replica of the AC Cobra, the chassis was made of steel with a 92 inch wheelbase onto which an open two seater body was mounted, the model was known as The Python. The suspension came from Jaguar and they were built with a variety of V6 or V8 engines depending on customer preference.
This particular car was built and purchased from Unique Autocraft in 1989, first registered as UDG 682H, the donor car being a Jaguar XJ. It was fitted with a 350 cubic inch Chevrolet small block engine mated to a 4 speed manual gearbox, with Jaguar XJ front and rear suspension and drivetrain.
On 21.Feb.2000 the car was reregistered with DVLA as EHJ 293H.
From the box file of existing paperwork on the car there appear to be only 3 keepers in total, Gary Neal who was the original purchaser on 14.Mar.1989, then a Mr. Christopher Payne, followed by the most recent owner purchasing the car from Hallmark Sports Cars Ltd. In Romford Essex in September 2018. Prior to the current owner, in 2007 the car was fitted with a new Chevrolet 350 cubic inch engine, supplied by British American Engines, and specified with approx. 350 bhp. The engineering and maintenance on the car was carried out by Rob Whitwell motor engineer. The odometer reads 3.850, which the vendor believes is the mileage on the new engine that the previous owner installed in 2007.
Since 2018 when the most recent owner purchased the car, there has been no expense spared and a host of work has been carried out to make this car significantly improved. Mark Ackerman engineer has overseen the upgrades which include a gearbox rebuild, new clutch assembly fitted, new Edelbrock carburetor fitted and tuned, Avo fully adjustable shock absorbers made and fitted, and 2 new rear tyres.
The Bodywork is in great condition, the current owner has had some small paintwork done in the last 6 months to repair minor stone chips and small imperfections, but for a car of this age it is in great condition. The car recently went to a Le Mans 66 Drive in Movie and was the star attraction, drawing crowds of people, as it looks so similar to a real Cobra. There is a tonneau cover with Cobra branding on, and a full indoor soft cover for the car.
Throughout the cabin, and boot area, it is clear that this car has been well looked after, the seats are in brown, and work beautifully with the green exterior and green interior finish, the floor mats are also Cobra branded. EHJ 293H is Tax exempt as an historic car, and looks the part wherever it goes.
Great fun to drive, incredible sounding V8, a true brute of a car, something analogue and engaging in a digital, synthesised World. Make no mistake, the car looks the part, sounds incredible and requires concentration and commitment to drive, but the rewards are huge!
The AC Cobra was iconic, with an incredible racing pedigree and a unique and immediately recognisable shape. Many kits do not do it justice with over elaborate detail and twin roll hoops etc. this looks great as a simple and clean Cobra recreation.