1964 AC COBRA 289
One of the rarest of all Cobras, a RHD ‘’COB’’ numbered car of just 45 produced by AC Cars Ltd for the British market. Having been with its last owner for nearly 25 years, it is presented today exactly as an original road Cobra ought to be.
This wonderful example was first registered in December 1964. From that day on its full and unbroken history is completely documented by both the AC Owners Club and Shelby American Auto Club and the cars old ‘’Green Logbook’’ remains with the car today.
Like most Cobras, it passed through a few owners in its early days until its acquisition by the AC and Cobra enthusiast, Martin Hilton, in the early ‘70’s. By then it had received an unusual modification to its rear cowl to allow a child seat (see Trevor Legate’s book ‘’Cobra’’, Page 147).
However, whilst enjoying a club competition at Silverstone in ’74 Mr Hilton had an unfortunate liaison with the guardrail which necessitated a rebuild - during which the body was returned to standard specification once again and refinished in the current Seychelles Blue.
Eventually, in ’96, the Cobra was added to the stunning collection of its most recent owner with the intention for his family to undertake wonderful sporting road events such as the Tour de France and Tour España, Modena Cento Ore among others. Experienced care and preparation were lavished on this Cobra and it gave great service over the years, as can be demonstrated by some charming souvenir photo albums of the various events.
Rarely used in recent years due to health, the owner continued to carefully store and maintain the Cobra in a ‘’ready to drive’’ condition for when he’d next be able to enjoy it ( as can be witnessed by a sheaf of MOT’s with little added mileage). And so, it remains today, ready to go in an exceptionally useable condition but wonderfully patinated by constant enjoyment over many decades with every ‘’wrinkle’’ telling the car’s story and the history of its owner’s lives. As quick as an arrow, still offering ferocious performance in any gear, anytime, with nimble throttle, adjustable handling and clothed within AC’s elegantly lithe narrow wheel-arch bodywork, this is just about as good as a road Cobra can be. It simply defines the term ‘’sports car’’.