The AC Cobra presented for sale is a 427 model, the mythical Anglo-American sports car of the 1960s that had an English chassis and body and a Ford USA engine - gearbox. After the end of the competition in 1960 for health problem, the Texan pilot Carroll Shelby wants to develop an American car capable of beating the Ferrari in GT category. His quest brings him to the English firm AC for the chassis that undergoes some modifications, Shelby mounting a Ford V8 motor / gearbox group. The first AC Cobra, the 260 ci (4.2 liters) then appeared in 1962. Its success is immediate, showing great potential on American race circuits, especially against Chevrolet Corvette, much heavier. In 1963, it has a 289 ci (4.7 liters) for a power of 271 hp in road version, with 360 hp in race FIA version.
Starting in 1965, Shelby launched the Cobra 427 big block with a 3 to 4-inch reinforced master tube chassis, extended tracks, inflated wings for wider tires, and new suspensions with superimposed arms and combined springs / shock absorbers. Replacing the transverse blade springs of the 289. Equipped with a V8 engine of 427 cubic inches, 7 liters, it develops 410 hp and a phenomenal torque. The most powerful version of the car will reach 485 hp and two Super Snake will be launched in 1966, inflated to 800 horsepower using two Paxton compressors. The 1965 and 1966 models are equipped with the Ford 427 ci engine, two Holley quadruple body carburetors and a three-speed gearbox, while the 1967 models are equipped with the more cube Ford 428 engine with a Holley quadruple body carburetor and a Four-speed transmission. The wheels go from 8.15 x 15 to 8.50 x 15. About six Daytona coupe (world champions GT 1965) will be produced as well as a dozen of particulars. The Cobra's record is impressive, winning in its category at the Le Mans 24 Hours and World Champion and World Champion of the GT sports cars in 1964-65.
The model presented for sale is one of the most desirable of the Cobra series. It is a vehicle of origin and not a reconstruction with a newly constructed chassis, wonderfully restored, in perfect working order, and with a known history. This rare road version, matching numbers, is driven by an extraordinary 7-liter engine developing more than 400 horsepower, and in exceptional state of restoration.