The MKIV Cobra was manufactured by AC/Autokraft at Brooklands Motor Circuit, sharing many similarities to the period motorcars.
The MKIV wore strikingly similar hand wheeled aluminium bodywork, wrapped to a coil sprung ladder chassis.
This particular left hand drive example, was supplied new to Mr Fayer Bayzid during 1986 to the following specification taken from the AC Factory Build Ledger that we hold.
‘ Left Hand Drive, Black with Red Stripe body colour, Black Trim and Tonneau, Hood Scoop, Shortened Nose, Auto Transmission and oil cooler’
Following delivery of the vehicle it was exported to Portugal later that year. After a short term overseas it was repatriated by its second owner Mr Leslie Kitson in August of 1988.
Under Mr Kitson’s care the motorcar was dispatched to Autokraft for a manual gearbox conversion.
The paperwork indicates that the following mechanical upgrades had been installed over a 6 year period;
Detachable roll over bar ( included in sale, not mounted)
Harvey Bailey front/rear anti roll bars
Uprated front and rear coil springs
All round Koni adjustable shock absorbers front and rear
Aeroquip stainless steel brake lines
At this time Mr Kitson had a 302cu SVO lightweight engine built by Performance Unlimited of Dunnington, apparently to this specification.
Ford Motorsport 302 Block (Four Bolt Mains)
Custom made alloy pistons
Crower '3/4 Race’ Camshaft
Baffled Alloy Sump
Uprated Oil Pump
Bosch Fuel Pump
Mallory Dual Point Distributor
Gas flowed Ford Motorsport GT40- type cylinder heads
4 to 1 Balanced exhaust manifold
Full dual stainless steel rear exit exhaust system.
Quad 44 IDF Weber Downdraught Carburettors
Doug Nash (Richmond) 5 Speed Gearbox with Hurst Shifter
Lakewood Shatterproof Bell Housing
Full Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust
Most of these works were carried out at 20,000 miles are documented in the comprehensive history file. The result of these works left the vehicle with 380 bhp and 370 ft/lbs of torque at the time of the build, and is suitable for use of lead free fuels.
The motorcar is lent a more period feel by its Moto-Lita Woodrim steering wheel and 15 inch alloy wheels with three eared knock offs and Le Mans fuel filler cap.
It left Mr Kitson’s ownership in 2001 with 32,000 miles seeing only light use and servicing from RW Racing Services, it changed hands once more in 2011 to the most recent owner, who had the car refinished in a straight black similar to the original specification.
The appealing enhanced motorcar has just been through a AC heritage service and inspection and possesses a MOT certificate until October 2019.
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1987 AC Cobra MKIV
A recent addition to our stocklist, this motorcar is currently going through pre sale inspection and will available shortly.
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1930 AC Magna Six Boat Tailed Sports
Built by AC Cars in Thames Ditton Surrey this AC Magna is fitted with the Weller Six Cylinder AC Engine and sports triple Su Carburettors . The engine has good oil pressure and a recent replacement head gasket . The Three speed transaxle changes easily and pulls well for a Vintage AC. Its a matching numbers car (original engine chassis and rear axle) . Ideal for Fettling and using in modern traffic as it can keep up . A full history file including African Rally Plaques is available.
On the 7th March 1930 a certain Mr Harold Miles Silvans purchased a blue AC with Coupe bodywork,carrying engine number 3467 in chassis number 15924, He was living at the time in London N6. In 1932 he moved to Highgate also N6. He enjoyed custodianship until June 1934, when it was purchased by Charles Hewartson Banks and the car found a new home in Bristol. Around 15 months later it again changed hands and was acquired by Harold Cummins Hansford who continued to use it until June 1936, this being the last time it had been registered in the UK. Thirty years later Mr E B Deacon wrote to Honey and Blankenburg Solicitors of Sailsbury, Rhodesia, offering the sum of five pounds for the remains of the car from the deceased estate of H C Hansford. Mr Hansford emigrated to Rhodesia in 1936 and presumably used the car until he decided to dismantle the car for restoration, however he passed before he could complete the project. Mr Deacon was successful with his offer and had been given permission by the executors to remove the vehicle on the 21st November 1966. After sixteen years, and without competition of the vehicle Mr Deacon had passed also. The project had been picked up by Mr Chris Gael, a well known amateur restorer and vintage car fan in the new Zimbabwe.The restoration had set off and after long analysis in liaison with the AC owners club, the Coupe body was beyond repair with further consultation of the owners club, Chris created a new ‘Montlery’ Style of two seater boat tailed sports. The frame had been constructed with Oregan Pine, panelled with aluminium, followed by padding and a final finish of Leather cloth.
Work continued apace and by March 1983 Chris had submitted his application to the Vintage Car club of Rhodesia for a dating certificate. The car was then registered and seen regularly at vintage events throughout Zimbabwe.
The New Zimbabwe was very unsettled for Europeans after the Independence in 1980. Many former colonialists escaped to pastures new- South Africa, Australia and some returning to England. However some stuck it out. Chris held his ground in the new Zimbabwe until 2006 and had such an attachment to the car because when he would have to ‘run’, he was determined to bring the AC with him.
A new fuel tank had to be constructed and this held 12 gallons, linked to this an extra long range tank holding another five gallons, built into the pointed tail. With the theory behind this modification that he could fill both tanks he would have sufficient range to drive from Harare into South Africa without having to search for fuel. However this precaution wasn't necessary as Chris sold the Accedes to Nigel Tucker in January 2000. However to test the theory conceived in 1983 the car had been driven by Chris followed by Nigel and his Wife in a Land Rover. The AC had four gallons on arrival in Messina, South Africa. After continuing their journey through South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique. The AC had been tucked away in its new home in Maputo.
After the initial voyage the car had a few smaller journeys into South Africa, then it was repatriated to the UK in late 2000, after being registered by the DVLA on arrival, the original number plate had been returned from its initial registration in 1930.
This vehicle has been recommissioned to a high standard,a unique motorcar for vintage events.
AC Buckland Year:1953 Chassis No: EH1984 Registration No: PAR 419
The AC Buckland is a development from the AC two litre saloon,which is the highest produced vehicle by AC cars, however the Buckland is a rarer breed with only sixty of the open top tourers produced with even fewer being the straight door mark one.
Here we have one of the AC Owners Club founders Harold Day’s AC Buckland racer, after competing in events at Goodwood,Brands Hatch and Silverstone.The most notable being the first AC to compete at the Chichester based circuit. The vehicle has been restored from the ground up,it retains its original chassis and the period aluminium bodywork, this has been stripped back to bare metal, media blasted and bodywork imperfections were restored, however unlike most race cars, this does retain the fabric that it left the factory with.
Additional original parts including original front and rear bench seats, hood frame, full windscreen and fuel tank are included however these need refurbishing if the new custodian would like to convert the vehicle back to full road specification. The dashboard has the original gauges that have been mechanically rebuilt leaving the original AC faces on show.
The racer features an aluminium radiator, oil cooling system, Kenlow fan, bespoke shock absorbers and stainless steel exhaust system. Furthermore all running gear has been totally nut and bolt rebuilt,
In addition to this the brake system includes braided brake hoses, uprated brake shoes with competition linings have been installed. The drivetrain has been rebuilt including bearings, seals, and crown wheel and pinion.
The Fuel delivery system includes a facet electric fuel pump in addition to this all electrical loom has been overhauled. Furthermore the wheels were shot blasted,painted and sporting Dunlop L section competition tyres.
Other race specification features of the car includes aluminium foam filed fuel tank, safety features including a battery cut off switch and fire extinguisher.
PAR 419 Competition History
In 1953 the car had its feet first on the track at the Silverstone eights club event on the 6th of June, it then went on to make history as the first known AC to compete at Goodwood on 25th July and then once again on the 12th September. Additional eventsin 1953 included the Eastbourne rally and the Chichester Motor Club Concours. Only having a single showing in 1954 when it competed at the Eights Club at Silverstone in May. After a year off from the track it returned back to the Eights Club once again on the 2nd of June 1956. Then it attended the AC Owners club sprint meeting at Brands Hatch on the 16th September. It returned to the track the following year on the 1st June for a sprint, in the company of three drivers, Harold and Elizabeth Day also George Griggs. It then went on to compete in the Silverstone eights club once again, and lastly the Heston Concours 57’.
Just under a decade later the Buckland sprung onto Brands Hatch for a AC Owners Club Sprint in 1966 under new custodianship. Later in its life it competed in the Goodwood Revival in the Fordwater Trophy in 2015, exactly sixty two years to the day that H.Day competed in a Handicap race on the 12th September 1953. It most recently competed in the AC owners club sprint in November 2015 at Goodwood, and would have been awarded the Knickered Demon Trophy (Fastest AC engine AC) if the Driver had been a club member.
Registration No: YRE 834H Chassis No: MAW5D1262171 Date of First Registration: 17th October 1969 MOT Expiry: 20th November 2017
The Morris Minor was a British economy car that debuted at the Earls Court Motor Show on 20th September 1948. Designed under the leadership of Alec Issigonis, over 1.3 million examples were manufactured from 1948-1971. Initially available as a two-door saloon and convertible, the range was subsequently expanded to include a four-door saloon in 1950 and wood-framed estate, The Traveller, plus the panel van and pick-up truck variants in 1952. The Traveller featured an external structural ash frame for the rear bodywork, with two side-hinged rear doors. The frame was varnished rather than painted and became a highly visible feature of the body style. Other changes included a modified dashboard layout with toggle switches, textured steel instrument binnacle, and larger convex glove box covers. A different heater completed the interior upgrade, whilst the larger, more modern combined front side/indicator light units, common to many BMC vehicles of the time, were fitted to the front wings. During the life of the Minor 1000 model, production declined; the last Convertible was manufactured on 18th August 1969 and the saloon line was discontinued the following year. Almost 850,000 Morris Minor 1000s were made in all. The car was officially superseded by the Morris Marina, which replaced it on the Cowley production line.
This Traveller in particular has been fully restored to class one condition, with various practicality upgrades fitted including a lead free 1275cc enginethat has been fully reconditioned and planted in the vehicle in March of last year with the ancillaries such as the rotor/points, filters, throttle cable all being replaced.Further upgrades include the installation of a five speed gearbox with a new clutch and propshaft, during this time the suspension throughout had been converted to telescopics. On the electronics side there has been the dynamo to alternator conversion and electronic ignition with addition of a S.U electric fuel pump being installed. The front brakes have been converted to discs with servo assistance. Aesthetically the vehicle had been repainted to the original colour of Snowberry White in 2014 and the flawless results give credit to the outstanding workmanship. The interior trim includes new front and rear seats, door liners, carpets, head lining and rear load area have all been replaced. The vehicles chassis has also been wax protected throughout. This outstanding example of the so desired Traveller, has been subject to thousands of pounds of expenditure and very gentle use.
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2012 AC Cobra 289 MKII Classic Aluminium Contiuation
2012 AC Cobra MKII Classic Aluminium Continuation Car
The motorcar offered is a AC heritage division hand crafted Cobra 289.
Built as a homage to the 50th Anniversary of the Cobra from 1962-2012. It was unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2012, alongside the AC 378 GT Zagato Prototype.
This vehicle has been hand crafted by AC Heritage, located at the birthplace of British Motorsport. Brooklands Motor Circuit in Surrey.
The AC Factory craftsman produced the sixteen gauge aluminium body on the original factory wooden body bucks.We furthered the accuracy of this build with reference from our archive of the Thames Ditton factory drawings to achieve an exact MKII 289 to factory specification.
In reference to the chassis, it has been manufactured on the factory AC chassis tooling, with the correct three inch diameter main rails and meets all current requirements for historic racing, making it eligible for the FIA HTP approval.
This motorcar is currently in left hand drive specification, at this stage it would be easily reconfigured to right hand drive.
The vehicle is identified as COB2620 with an official certificate of authenticity with relevant chassis plate and markings throughout, recognised within the factory ledger, that holds all factory information of AC continuation cobras to date. In addition to this the vehicle can be road registered correctly as an ‘AC’ Motorcar with the DVLA through the approval process.
In the spirit of the production of the Shelby Cobras created in period.
Our AC Heritage team have produced a ‘glider’ car that has the body panels fully wrapped.(fitted). The bodywork is produced on an english wheel and has been gas welded together using its parent metal, these traditional skills are unique to period AC Cobra construction.
The internal panels all pre fitted including the fibreglass footboxes and wheel well. The bespoke aluminium panel work (floors,gearbox tunnel boot floors etc) have all been pre fitted and are easily removable for fitment of mechanical components.
The suspension is partially assembled for show purposes, and is currently in a rolling form.
There is no engine or transmission with this vehicle.
The vehicle also features brand new MWS 6 x15 inch stainless steel wire wheels on unused Blockley 205/70V/R15’s, with AC twin eared spinners. The windscreen is period correct from Brasscraft.
A unique opportunity to create a road or race car to exact period specification.
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1950 AC 'Works' Two Litre Saloon
The AC Two Litre works development car.
Personally Owned by Derek Hurlock , OPG 192, built in 1950 at AC Cars in Thames Ditton works where it was fitted with Independent Front Suspension the result was a very robust split-axle suspension , the outcome of the exercise was rather mixed; the ride and steering on poor road surfaces was greatly improved, but made the steering somewhat heavier than beam-axled cars. The company, seeing in the far and not too distant future the end of volume production for the saloon, lost interest in the future development of the IFS. This holding significant value being the only Two Litre to have IFS. The car has been displayed at Club Events by Derek Hurlock. OPG 192 is captured here at a very wet Silverstone. In addition to this following the end of the second world war, the RAC Rally was finally revived in 1951. OPG 192 was entered by AC Cars for the event, driven by Derek Hurlock and Jock Henderson. The start of the rally was in Hastings and the finish in Bournemouth. The car had been photographed on the rally as seen. Being rich in history of AC cars, its a project worth saving, would make a genuine period competition or rally car.
The Two Litre requires a complete restoration of body, wood and mechanical work, the engine was in running condition prior to removal four years ago, however it has been put into storage. The cars leather interior and other components e.g steering wheel etc seem in good condition still.
Further Photos will be added of current condition
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