26th Jul, 2023 13:00

Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire

Lot 33

1983 Pilgrim Sumo Cobra Evocation

Sold for £11,250

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: KVW 356Y
Chassis No: SFAAXXBABADE24406
MOT: July 2024

  • Current ownership for twenty-eight years
  • Only just over 1,000 miles covered since its completion
  • Recently recommissioned following a long period of storage
  • Offered with full weather gear

Introduced in 1987, the Pilgrim Sumo was styled after that undisputed king of the 'muscle cars', the AC Cobra 427. Initially based around Ford running gear, the well-engineered, easy-to-build Sumo soon became the best-selling Cobra evocation. Coming on stream in 1989, the MK2 version boasted a sturdier multiple-tube perimeter-frame chassis and the option of independent rear suspension. While a year later, Pilgrim bowed to customer pressure for a Sumo that could accommodate the legendary Rover 3.5 litre alloy V8. Still one of Pilgrim's most popular kits, this latter derivative featured a different pedal box, radiator, and revised engine/gearbox mountings. Great fun to drive and less 'nose heavy' than some of its bigger-capacity V8 rivals, the Rover-powered Sumo further benefited from disc/drum brakes and rack and pinion steering.

Based upon a 1983 Ford Sierra donor car, the Pilgrim Sumo offered was manufactured in the early 1990s. Finished in the attractive colour combination of Dark Green with contrasting Red interior upholstery, the Cobra evocation is fitted with an uprated 3.0-litre Essex V6 engine allied to the five-speed manual transmission and benefits from Cosworth brakes. Acquired by the vendor in 1995 from a friend and Land Rover specialist who built the Cobra, ‘KVW 356Y’ was subsequently used sparingly and has been in long-term storage for the last few years. Recently unearthed and recommissioned, the Cobra started readily and ran well during our photography session. Offered having covered just 1,037 post-completion miles at the time of consignment, the Pilgrim is offered with a V5 document that displays the car as registered as a ‘Ford Cobra’. Supplied with an MOT certificate until July 2024 with no advisories, the Pilgrim is supplied with full weather equipment comprising a full tonneau cover and hood trimmed in Red.

For more information, please contact:
Paul Cheetham
07538 667452


Auction: Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire, 26th Jul, 2023

An auction of classic, collector and performance motorcars to be held in the beautiful surrounds of the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, Derbyshire.  



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Tuesday 25th July 2023 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 26th July 2023 from 9am

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