Lot details Registration No: UKE712R Chassis No: DAXMK5TA Mot Expiry: Sept 2012
The iconic Cobra was born when Texan Le Mans winner Carroll Shelby persuaded AC Cars to let him shoe-horn Ford's new lightweight 260ci V8 into the nose of the John Tojeiro designed AC Ace. 289 and 427-engined variants followed along with legendary success in motorsport. Fast forward fifteen years or so, and the value of original examples had risen way beyond the reach of most enthusiasts, creating a ready market for evocations. First on the UK scene was the Dax of DJ Sportscars International, of which Tojeiro himself became a director in 1985.
This Dax 427 Cobra Evocation is understood to be a truly immaculate one-owner example that was lovingly built by a mechanical engineer over the course of six years, since when it has travelled just 700 miles. Hundreds of man hours were reportedly expended on its creation, plus in excess of £30,000 worth of parts. 'UKE 712R' is based on the Dax lightweight Supertube chassis and powered by an overhauled, high-specification 383ci (6.2-litre) Chevy V8 that's rumoured to produce circa 500bhp. The billet aluminium flywheel leads to a 5-speed Tremec manual gearbox that in turn drives through a 2.88:1 limited slip differential. The running gear is courtesy of a Jaguar XJS and the suspension features adjustable coil springs and Spax dampers. Protection is afforded by a bespoke chromed roll-over bar and the car rides on unmarked Halibrand alloys shod with Pirelli P Zero tyres.
The Dax is finished in Audi Techno Metallic Blue and trimmed in Cream leather, as supplied for the manufacture of Tommy Hillfiger coats. The attention to detail includes AC logos in the door cards and contrasting stitching. Offered complete with heater, quad-speaker stereo, Thatcham Cat.1 alarm, extensive file of invoices and photographs and an MOT into September 2012, this stunning Cobra replica is guaranteed to turn heads wherever it goes.