The story of the AC Cobra is an interesting one. AC Cars was a British automaker who produced two-seat sports cars and roadsters. Their offerings caught the eye of legendary American racer Carroll Shelby who wrote to the company in 1961 asking if they could build him a car, but with a V8. AC agreed on the stipulation that Shelby would find them a suitable engine. Chevrolet wasn’t interested, but Ford decided to help out, and the AC Cobra was born. It was sold as the Shelby Cobra in the United States. Here’s a nice contemporary 1965 Shelby AC Cobra SC 427 that’s been built by Contemporary Classic Motor Car. Crafted after chassis number CSX3045, this enthusiast-owned car has been in the same family for thirty years. Coming from Georgia, it’s got just 3,800 miles on it and has reportedly been garaged. The seller says, "This car has everything I think an AC Cobra should have, down to the gauges and wool carpeting".
The styling of the AC Cobra is unmistakable and this 1965 Shelby AC Cobra SC 427 wears all the hallmarks of a muscular and potent sports car. The yellow paintwork makes it gleam in the sunshine, and the blacked-off side exhaust hints at its potency. A set of silver alloy wheels host meaty tires that are necessary to transfer as much power to the road as possible. The interior is in black with wool carpeting, and offers two seats with seat belts and comprehensive Scotts gauges, including a rather interesting counter-clockwise sweeping speedometer. The driver grips a wood-rimmed three-spoke steering wheel whilst the passenger sees Carroll Shelby’s signature across the dashboard. A fire extinguisher is mounted for added safety.
The Cobra came with very American V8s, and this 1965 Shelby AC Cobra SC 427 has a potent 427ci (7.0L) Ford V8 engine under its hood. It’s got a cast-iron 427FE block, MSD ignition, remote oil filter, Weber intake manifold, original Shelby 427 Cobra style ribbed aluminum valve covers, braided lines and an oil cooler with pusher. Being a SC or Semi Competition variant, the engine should put out around 485hp and around 480lb.ft of torque, enough for a top speed of 185mph. A Tremec 6-speed manual gearbox drives the rear wheels through a Jaguar/Salisbury rear end. The chassis is a round tube ladder type.