1990 Realm RAM Cobra ReplicaSOLD
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Estimate: £16000 - £19000

Sold: £17,600

Registration Number: JOJ 863E Chassis Number: SABTVR03598036869

When The Autocar road tested an AC Cobra 427, they found it could accelerate, 0-l00mph, in 11.7 seconds and cover the standing quarter mile in 12.9 seconds. It was the fastest 0-l00mph acceleration that The Autocar had ever recorded at the time of its test. The rear wheels spun all the way to 60mph in first gear, third gear was not engaged until 115mph had been reached, and top speed was given as ‘in excess of 145mph‘. A reasonable estimate would be over 160mph. This startling car was to set the precedent for perhaps the ultimate sports car, a real racing machine for the road. The popularity of this car is evident almost 50 years on with the Cobra still in production today, with styling almost unchanged albeit a number of modern modifications and engine choices.

AC Cobras had an extensive racing career. Shelby wanted it to be a "Corvette-Beater" and at nearly 500 lb (227 kg) less than the Chevrolet Corvette, the lightweight car did just that. The Cobra was perhaps too successful as a performance car and reputedly contributed to the implementation of national speed limits in the United Kingdom. An AC Cobra Coupe was calculated to have done 185 mph (298 km/h) on the M1 motorway in 1964, driven by Jack Sears and Peter Bolton during shakedown tests prior to that year‘s Le Mans 24h race. However, government officials have cited the increasing accident death rate in the early 1960s as the principal motivation, the exploits of the AC Cars team just highlighting the potential risk.

Built in 1992 and designed by Adrian Reynard who was heavily involved in developing Formula 1, Champ Car, and Cart racing chassis, this superb Ram replica is powered by a Chevrolet ZZ3 engine producing 345 bhp and 409 ft/lbs of torque. The engine is housed on a modified and uprated Reynard spaceframe chassis which has been triangulated in 11 extra places for torsional rigidity.

Transmission is provided by a 4-speed Munice gearbox, while the carburettor is a Holley 650 CFM with Mallory electronic ignition. In addition, the car is fitted with a stainless steel underfloor exhaust system, producing a wonderfully authentic sound.

The car has been constructed with meticulous attention to detail, and retains an authentic period feel through the use of correct parts, such as the 3-spoke Moto-Lita wood-rimmed steering wheel. The dashboard layout was traced from an original 427 at the Beaulieu museum and finished in black connolly hide, along with the seats and door panels. A build book is included with the car containing receipts, history and detailed diagrams.

Paintwork has been finished in Porsche zinc metallic by SMS Autosprays, and the car is fitted with correct 15" Hallibrand replica wheels with three-blade spinners. Cobra expert Cheng Lim at Thunder Road Cars has conducted the majority of the work on the car since new, and therefore it is offered in superb condition throughout.

Having covered only 20,000 miles since new and registered as a 1967 historic vehicle, JOJ 863E is fully tax exempt, and is a fantastically authentic reproduction in all respects. This is a superb opportunity to fulfil the dream of driving one of the world‘s all-time greatest supercars.

Reference Number 34065

as of 11/19/2008

Car 1990 Realm RAM Cobra Replica
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