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Lot 015: AC Cobra by Pilgrim

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (16 May 2012)

CATALOGUE AMENDMENT: According to the V5 this car was manufactured in 1987 (possibly the date of the donor vehicle). Since it first hit the streets way back in 1962, the original AC Cobra has become one of the most instantly recognisable sports cars of all time. In Britain an AC Cobra was famously clocked at 185mph on the M1 motorway in 1964, a speed deemed so outrageous at the time that it reputedly contributed to the implementation of national speed limits the following year  all part of the legend that still makes these cars so desirable today. Particularly revered in America, where Carroll Shelby has assumed an almost god-like status, the Cobra has inspired a host of imitators keen to experience the joys of a massive V8 in a lightweight body. One of the best-selling Cobra replicas is made by Pilgrim which has been gradually refining its design since the first one was made back in 1989. The later cars feature a notably stiff semi-monocoque construction with sheet steel floors, bulkheads and tunnel while dynamic improvements were enhanced with the switch from Cortina to Sierra donor components bringing a new double wishbone front end and independent rear suspension. The bodies are made from lightweight GRP giving the cars a tremendous power-to-weight ratio. This particular car was first registered in January 2000 and has been in the current ownership for the last six years. Looking most eye-catching in bright yellow with black racing stripes, it has only covered some 11,500 miles since it was built. It has recently been fitted with a 4-litre V8 engine from a 2006 Range Rover with a Piper fast road cam, mated to a five-speed manual gearbox with a hydraulic clutch conversion for easier gear changes. It is also equipped with a programmable Megasquirt ECU fuel injection system, custom mapped by Bailey Performance in Shropshire in October last year. Samco hoses are used throughout the engine bay which also has a carbon fibre air filter. Dyno print outs on file from October 2011 show 209bhp and 255lb/ft of torque. Needless to say, with so little bodywork to lug around, performance is now in the 'rip your face off' category and this is a car that needs to be treated with respect! Other nice features include the correct Halibrand 15 split-rim alloy wheels with polished rims and spinners shod with quality Goodrich tyres all round. A new alcantara and aluminium dash was fitted a few years ago with a host of ETB yellow dials to monitor engine activity, although the vendor admits that some of these are just for show, although they could all be wired up if desired. An OMP alcantara sports steering wheel is also fitted along with classic black vinyl bucket seats, inertia reel seatbelts and side-exit exhausts. The vinyl body decals can easily be removed if desired. A new battery has also recently been fitted along with a new radiator. The current vendor has used the car regularly including trips to Le Mans and the odd hillclimb and track day and states that it drives beautifully. A full set of weather gear is included and the car is MOTd until October. The icing on the cake is a highly appropriate D20BRA number plate. Outrageously loud and fast, this machine is sure to attract a huge amount of attention wherever it goes and is not for the shy and retiring!

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
Lot Number015
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£9500
Condition rating
Registration numberD20 BRA
Chassis numberROE99P5001
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)4000
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2