AC Cobra MkIV Lightweight (1995).
Immaculate example of a very rare and real AC Cobra.
The AC Cobra is one of our favourite sportscars. For that reason, it was a rather pleasant surprise to come across this fantastic example. This is one of the last AC Cobra MkIV built in 1994 by Autokraft, and the only successor of the original AC Cobra 427 from the sixties. Brian Angliss was a well known Cobra restorer, who owned the original Cobra jigs and tools. He made an agreement with Ford to build an eighties version of this iconic car, and was allowed to use both AC and Cobra names, as this was the closest thing to a proper sixties Cobra. The cars were handbuilt in the Brooklands factory in tiny numbers, and less then 360 examples were produced over a period of ten years. Most of these were the "standard" MkIV version, but on special request Autokraft could build you a Lightweight version which had more features similar to the original 427 : shortnose body, chromed roll-over hoop, fuel tank filler in the right rear wing, shortened dashboard and of course 15" wheels and tyres. Approximately 60 examples of this Lightweight were made, and most of these have an AKL chassisnr.
This example is a 1994 model year factory Lightweight, and is finished from new in the very best colour combination of black with black interior. The car looks absolutely stunning, and it is in as new condition. It is a very rare European LHD version and has of course an AKL chassisnr. To meet the period emission requirements for the German market, this particular car is equipped with fuel injection and catalytic converters. There is a fantastic V8 rumble, and the powerful 5,0l Ford engine doesn't have any problem to offer almost scary performance. The MkIV was a real quality car, and this example shows perfectly how well these examples were built.
While original 427's have become cars with a seven digit price tag, these wonderful MkIV examples are still rather good value. These are genuine AC Cobra's, with an aluminium body and incredibly strong chassis, offering stonking performance and sexy looks. Finding a rare Euro spec Lightweight in this condition is almost impossible, and a guaranteed blue chip investment as these iconic machines can only appreciate in the coming years. A unique opportunity to obtain a proper full aluminium AC Cobra.