1965 AC 427 ‘Street Cobra

A painstaking tool room recreation of CSX3109, one of just 260 ‘Street specification 427 Cobras built between Summer 1965 and December 1966. 

Starting with an all aluminium 427 S/C built by the legendary Dave Brookes, the car has been reverse engineered where necessary and then obsessively detailed using correct ‘Street specification parts, following a decade of exhaustive research by the owner and resulting in a uniquely period correct car in appearance.

  • Left hand drive, as original; fitted with a 580 bhp Southern Automotive 427 ci side oiler, mated to an original 4 speed Toploader box and factory-correct underslung exhausts.
  • Millimetre perfect body and chassis, painted by Max Cawthorne in correct Raven Black with authentic black Connolly leather, vinyl tonneau and wind wings, as original.
  • Original specification Kelsey Hayes Sunburst centre lock wheels (the car also comes with a spare set of Halibrand Cobra 11 wheels, finished in satin Black), Shelby American spinners and narrow 225/15 Avon CR6ZZ tyres all round.
  • Correctly located ‘Ceeandess’ NOS fuel filler, front splitter, non-scoop bonnet, front/rear bumpers, Lucas L542 rear lights with integrated LED’s for safe night time driving.
  • Factory correct engine bay, featuring ‘pent roof’ valve covers and FoMoCo air cleaner, NOS 1965 dated twin Lucas horns and a rare as hens teeth Trico washer bottle.
  • Fully original specification interior trim, unique to ‘Street cars – leatherette door panels and rear deck, Ray Brown ‘Impact’ 4 point seat belts dated June 1965, boot mounted Lucas battery, trimmed glove box and transmission tunnel mounted ashtray; the car even carries a period correct Guy Salmon AC dealer dash plaque.

Correctly registered as a newly constructed car in 2017, unlike many Cobra’s, so significantly there’s no potential for future DVLA registration issues due to clouded origins.  Wears a period correct 1965 Thames Ditton originating registration number KPG36C to emulate an AC factory registered car, using new old stock (and now unavailable) 60’s ACE cast aluminium 3 1/8 peaked digits, sourced over a 5 year period to ensure absolute period accuracy.

Extremely well sorted and drives as you would expect a Cobra to; sub 4 seconds 0-60, but entirely docile in traffic and surprisingly civilised until you floor the accelerator, when all hell breaks loose! Handles beautifully thanks to rose jointed suspension and an all alloy lightweight block.  Oil pressure and water temperature all rock solid and fitted with an optional thermostat controlled fan and oil cooler.

Having covered 3400 trouble free miles since 2017 and has been cared for by us from new, with much time and expense invested in getting the car just right.  As a result, it’s absolutely on the button and is ready to drive anywhere; this is a car that we’re proud to put our name to.

If you like your Cobra’s all shouty with stripes, meatballs, side pipes and chrome roll hoops, you’d be better looking elsewhere; what we have here is an exceptionally understated, period-accurate car that you’d see parked on the King’s Road in the late 60’s, or road stained in the paddock at the BOAC 1000 at Brands Hatch.

A proper, authentic aluminium bodied Cobra that will grace the Revival, Bicester Scramble or the paddock at Shelsley, as it has over the years, always garnering attention from those in the know.  ‘Street Cobra’s are pretty much unseen here in the UK and Europe and this is the only correct specification example for sale this side of the pond.  Unique and irreplaceable.

A Mille Miglia eligible car beckons, so this labour of love is now for sale – price on application.  It is available for viewing at our rural workshops just outside Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire and if you’d like more details of this very special car, including high resolution images, please get in touch.