Cobretti Viper Roadster (AC Cobra 427 Replica)  Chassis no. 45A64R078287

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Lot 318A
Cobretti Viper Roadster (AC Cobra 427 Replica)
Registration no. CGB 857B Chassis no. 45A64R078287

£ 15,000 - 18,000
US$ 20,000 - 24,000
Amended
Cobretti Viper Roadster (AC Cobra 427 Replica)
Registration no. CGB 857B
Chassis no. 45A64R078287

Footnotes

  • Rightly regarded as one of the all-time great classic sports cars, the muscular, fire-breathing Cobra succeeded in capturing the hearts of enthusiasts like few of its contemporaries, the car’s enduring popularity resulting in its revival by Autokraft in 1980 after twelve years out of production. In parallel with Autokraft’s ‘official’ MkIV version, a worldwide cottage industry of replica-builders emerged to satisfy the continuing demand for the legendary Cobra, making it arguably the most popular ‘kit car’ of all time. Among the foremost practitioners is Cobretti Engineering of Morden, Surrey, which was first established in 1987/88 by Bob and Martin Busbridge and later took over the defunct Brightwheel Viper Cobra replica. Beginning as a ladder type, the Cobretti chassis took on more of a spaceframe layout as the design progressed and is recognised as one of the strongest on the market. Kits were manufactured to accept Ford Cortina/Sierra and Jaguar running gear, with a wide variety of engine options ranging from the humble Ford Pinto, via Sierra Cosworth, Jaguar XJ6/12 and Rover V8 all the way up to a big-block Chevy. Common to all Cobretti Vipers is that 427-style glassfibre bodyshell with its distinctive dramatically flared front wheelarches.
    This Cobretti Viper comes with a substantial quantity of bills for parts dating from 1999 into the early 2000s, although it is not known when it was actually constructed. Registered with the DVLA as a 1964 Ford, the car is powered by that manufacturer’s 302ci (5.0-litre) V8 engine, which is fitted with forged, flat-topped pistons and breathes via a Holley 4-barrel carburettor. The gearbox is a Toyota Supra Turbo five-speed manual unit, while other specification highlights include side-exit exhausts, rollover bar, power assisted steering, 4-pot front brake calipers, Halibrand-style alloy wheels and chromed over-riders. Finished in blue with contrasting white stripes and cream leather interior, this exciting vehicle is presented in 1st class condition in every respect and comes complete with MoT to February 2009 and Swansea V5C registration document.

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