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Lot 206: Cobra by Pilgrim

Techno Classica, Coys (2 April 2011)

For many people the AC Cobra will always be the car which symbolises the 1960s. The Cobra's ancestry went back to 1954, with the advent of the AC Ace. First powered by AC's 6 cylinder, 1991cc engine, AC soon introduced the Bristol 2 litre engine, with a healthy 125bhp and a top speed of 115mph. The AC Ace Bristol made an excellent road sports car as well as a successful club racer. By 1961 the supply of Bristol engines had ceased and AC adopted the Ford 2.6 litre, 6 cylinder engine. Despite this engine's Raymond Mays' improved cylinder head and induction system, which claimed to produce 170bhp, the extra weight cancelled out any real improvement in performance. It was at this time that Carroll Hall Shelby, notable Texan race driver, race car constructor and winner of the 1950 Le Mans 24 Hours, approached AC with his suggestion for a new engine and chassis combination. Shelby was familiar with the way European-built road cars could out handle anything built in the States at the time, whilst he was equally aware that when it came to sheer power there was nothing that moved a car like a big American V8. By good fortune, Ford had just developed a new 221 cu in V8 which was intended for its new range of sports coup�s. Shelby made an agreement with Ford to supply this V8 bored out to 260 cu in, and AC agreed to modify a chassis to accept it. Thus was born the new AC, thereafter known as the AC Cobra. What you see here is an example of the well-respected Pilgrim Sumo Cobra, built up from a Pilgrim Cobra shell with the unusual fitment of the high revving 2.9 litre, 24 valve, Ford Cosworth motor, producing over 200bhp, driven through a 5 speed manual gearbox. The car is also fitted with the correct Halibrand wheels and Cobra dials, which add to its air of authenticity. Registered as the correct 1965 Ford model and with only 500 miles since being built, this car is presented in grey metallic with a blue centre stripe and black interior. As you would expect the car is described by the vendor as excellent in all respects. If you are seeking the looks of the Cobra with the reliability of a modern car, then this has to be the one for you.

Lot Details
Auction Techno Classica
Coys, Essen, Germany
TypeCar
Lot Number206
Estimate€17000-€25000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)€4462
Year1965
Condition rating0
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis numberCN73ER22754
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2