The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 56
1985 AC Autokraft Mk IV Cobra

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1985 AC Autokraft Mk IV Cobra


• Direct AC lineage and renowned hand-built quality
• Great performance with 5.0-Liter H.O./five-speed powertrain
• Full weather gear including soft top, tonneau, and side curtains
• Well-maintained, benefiting from long-term current ownership

Chassis No: AK 1109

302 cid Ford High Output V-8 engine, single four-barrel carburetor, 225 BHP, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel fully independent suspension, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase: 92"

Once Great Britain’s oldest independent marque, AC is best-known for its John Tojeiro-designed Ace roadster, which Carroll Shelby infused with Ford V-8 power to unleash the legendary Cobra. When AC discontinued service and repair of Cobras altogether in the 1970s, Brian Angliss’ Cobra Parts filled this niche and collected original tooling, jigs, and body bucks from AC to fabricate new Cobra chassis and aluminum bodies. Bodies were the “wide” 427 Cobra type, powered by 302-cid “High Output” V-8 engines as used in Ford’s contemporary Mustang GT. While Angliss’ Cobras used the same tubular steel frames, they were extended two inches to accommodate taller occupants.

The quality of Angliss’ work was so respected by the AC faithful that, in 1986, he was allowed to purchase the rights to the AC name from the Hurlock family, whose stake in the marque reached back to the 1930s. A new AC company was established as a joint venture with Ford, with the company renamed Autokraft, which began offering the AC Mk IV after AC/Shelby Cobra production ended with the Mk III in 1967. Given his legal right to use the AC name and the unbroken lineage of craftsmen, tools, and materials employed in their production, these cars are generally considered “continuation” cars. Autokraft soon moved to a purpose-built factory in Brooklands; only an approximate 480 Mk IV Cobras were built, including several ordered by such high-ranking auto executives as Bob Lutz.

Bearing Chassis Number AK 1109, this AC Autokraft Mk IV Cobra was manufactured in November 1985 and is now offered from the long-term ownership of the Museum with special care by Steve Shook and Shook Enterprises. Powered by the matching 5.0-Liter (302 cid) High Output V-8 engine delivering 225 (SAE Net) ponies, numbered 1109, this Mk IV Cobra is capable of serious performance with outstanding handling characteristics. Other highly desirable features include a five-speed manual transmission, 7,000-RPM tachometer, Smiths instruments monitoring oil pressure, coolant temperature, and voltage, plus an electric clock, heater/defroster, lap and shoulder belts, courtesy lamp, AM/FM cassette stereo with telescopic antenna, and competition-style fuel filler. Also included is a full complement of weather gear including side curtains and a soft top – both contained in storage pouches – plus top bows and a tonneau cover. Possessing excellent AC lineage, exacting construction, and very well-equipped, this 1985 AC Autokraft Mk IV Cobra retains a significant place in AC history and will certainly gain increasing recognition.

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