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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1983 AC 3000ME
1983 AC 3000 ME
This motorcar is currently undergoing pre sale preparation.
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1988 Mini Mayfair - Ex Spike Milligan
1988 Mini Mayfair - Ex Spike Milligan
Registration No: F608 NLP
Date Of First Registration: 21/10/1988
The Mini was a made by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) and its successors from 1959 until 2000. The original is considered a British icon of the 1960s and its space-saving front-wheel drive layout that allowed 80% of the area of the car's floorpan to be used for passengers and luggage influenced a generation of car makers. In 1999, the Mini was voted the second most influential car of the 20th century behind the Ford Model T. This distinctive two-door car was designed by Sir Alec Issigonis, and was manufactured at the Longbridge and Cowley plants. The Mini Mk. I had three major UK updates; the Mk. II, the Clubman and the Mk. III. Within these were a series of variations including an estate car, a pick-up and a van. The Mini Cooper and Cooper 'S' were sportier versions that were successful as rally cars, winning the Monte Carlo Rally four times from 1964 through to 1967. Initially, Minis were marketed under the Austin and Morris names, as the Austin Seven and Morris Mini Minor until Mini became a marque in its own right in 1969.
Brooklands Cars are proud to present this unique motorcar to market for the first time.
This Motorcar, in particular, was purchased by Author and ‘The Goons Show’ star Spike Milligan from his local dealership Skinners of Rye, East Sussex in 1988 and it remained as his main form of transport until his passing in 2002.
Milligan was a well-known advocate of the ‘mini’ marque, having many of them over the years, as shown in the famous television advertisement in the early 1980s, He reportedly made his appearance free of charge due to his utmost belief of the marque. Furthermore, Milligan showed his support when selling the Goon Transcripts for £15,000 pounds, he purchased each of his family members a mini.
‘They loved them, just the right size for a young person. To me its the car of the age. Not just the year or the century. The age’
This quote featured in the October 1996 instalment of ‘Mini World’ Magazine where Spike had a segment.
Spike was known for being an environmentalist and animal welfare activist, as seen on the Mini through the rear window stickers that were placed during Spikes ownership, other anecdotes that surrounding the comedian include the wooden gear knob that was gifted to Spike for his birthday from his daughter Jane. Jane would be the next custodian of the car until 2016, when it left the Milligan family ownership and was subject to a sympathetic restoration, retaining many important features that relate to the comedian/poet.
This includes retaining the original seats, where you share the workspace of one of 20th centuries founding fathers of comedy.
The Motorcar is consistent with a high standard of bodywork and mechanicals throughout. The comprehensive history file features many Spike Milligan articles alongside a record of restoration work that was completed over the past four years, totalling over £16,000.
“Money can't buy you happiness but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery.”
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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.
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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