AC - Cobra including Replicas

The AC Cobra was an Anglo-American sports car built in the 1960s. Contrary to popular belief it was not the first car to combine a lightweight European chassis and aluminium body with a big American V8 engine, but it is possibly the most famous.

 

The later, larger-engined cars are still among the highest-performing road vehicles ever sold.

 

Genuine AC Cobras are now hugely expensive and far too valuable to hire out, so as far as we know all Cobras listed for hire on this website are replicas.

CanadaFranceSouth Africa
Canada
AC Cobra-click for a larger picture
AC Cobra 
Superb blue AC Cobra replica
Location
Toronto
County
Ontario, Canada
click here to go to GTA Exotics
Number of persons:2 Luggage:2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual Audio:
France
AC Cobra-click for a larger picture
AC Cobra 
AC Cobra replica by RAM
Location
Nice, Cote D-Azur
County
French Riviera
click here to go to Rent A Classic Car
Number of persons:2 Luggage:1 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:manual 5 SpeedLeather interior:black leather interior
South Africa
AC Cobra-click for a larger picture
AC Cobra 2000s
Cobra Replica in Red with White Stripes
Location
Cape Town
County
South Africa
click here to go to Cape Cobra Hire
Number of persons:2 Luggage:1 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:auto
AC Cobra-click for a larger picture
AC Cobra 2000s
Cobra Replica in Blue with White Stripes
Location
Cape Town
County
South Africa
click here to go to Cape Cobra Hire
Number of persons:2 Luggage:1 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:auto Leather interior:
AC Cobra-click for a larger picture
AC Cobra 2000s
Cobra Replica in Black with White Strips
Location
Cape Town
County
South Africa
click here to go to Cape Cobra Hire
Number of persons:2 Luggage:1 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:auto Leather interior:
AC Cobra-click for a larger picture
AC Cobra 2000s
Cobra Replica in Grey with Silver Stripes
Location
Cape Town
County
South Africa
click here to go to Cape Cobra Hire
Number of persons:2 Luggage:1 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:auto Leather interior:
AC Cobra-click for a larger picture
AC Cobra 2000s
Cobra Replica in Burnt Orange and White
Location
Cape Town
County
South Africa
click here to go to Cape Cobra Hire
Number of persons:2 Luggage:1 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:auto Leather interior:
Like many British specialist manufacturers, AC Cars had been using the smooth, refined Bristol straight-6 engine in its small-volume production, including its AC Ace 2-seater roadster. The engine was a pre-World War II design of BMW which by the 60s the company knew was considered dated. Bristol decided in 1961 to cease production of its engine and instead to use Chrysler 313cid (5.1 L) V8 engines. Although untrue, it is commonly believed that AC was left without a future source of power and that American ex-racing driver Carroll Shelby saved the company from bankruptcy. AC started using the 2.6 liter Ford Zephyr in all of its cars. Shelby, in September 1961 airmailed AC a letter asking them if they would build him a car modified to accept a V8 engine. Shelby had previous experience with Anglo-American hybrids, having raced an Allard. He first went to Chevrolet to see if they would provide him with engines, but not wanting to add competition to the Corvette they said no. Ford however, wanted a car that could compete with the Corvette and they happened to have a brand new thin wall small block engine which could be used in this endeavor.   An artists rendering of the first AC Cobra, with the 260in³ engine. Note the narrower track and smaller wheelarches with flattened lips.

 

AC agreed, provided a suitable engine could be found. It was, in the form of, Ford's 260 in³ HiPo (4.2 L) engine - a new lightweight, thin-wall cast small-block V8 tuned for high performance. In January 1962 mechanics at AC Cars in Thames Ditton, Surrey, England fitted the prototype chassis CSX2000 with a 221ci Ford V8. After testing and modification, the engine and transmission was taken out and the chassis was air freighted to Caroll Shelby in Los Angeles on February 2, 1962. Here it was fitted with an engine and transmission in less than eight hours and taken out on test. Carroll Shelby claims the name "Cobra" came to him in a dream.

 

 

Source: Wikipedia.
Classic Car Hire World

 

Classic Car Hire World is a Trading name of The Open Road (Classic Hire) Ltd,
Avon Lodge, Watery Lane, Sherbourne, Warwick, Warwickshire CV35 8AL
Registered in England and Wales No: 3901995. VAT No: GB 192431609

The layout and contents of this website are Copyright of The Open Road (Classic Hire) Ltd

 

Description of individual companies, company logos, pictures of cars and advertisers' logos are copyright of the respective companies.

 

The site was designed by Tom Owen of photografic and built and run by Quinsolve  using their Content Management System ContentOK