1983/84 Aurora Cobra Roadster  Chassis no. 2A91ABD10DR004108

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Lot 317
1983/84 Aurora Cobra Roadster
Registration no. NCZ 3681 Chassis no. 2A91ABD10DR004108

Sold for £ 33,350 (US$ 44,275) inc. premium
1983/84 Aurora Cobra Roadster
Registration no. NCZ 3681
Chassis no. 2A91ABD10DR004108

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 1985 Autokraft was granted exclusive use of the 'Cobra' name, continuing production into the 1990s. 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.
    A few years prior to Autokraft's resumption of production another attempt had been made to revive the Cobra, not as a kit but as a fully finished automobile. Unusually, the group of North American investors responsible chose to borrow an original 'slabside' Cobra 289 to take the first body mould from, rather than the bulbous 427 favoured by the kit-car industry. They thereby ensured that the new Cobra would be as faithful as possible to the original MkII, while the Ford Motor Company agreed to supply the necessary parts and assist with obtaining Federal approval with regard to crash protection, emissions, etc. In 1982 the first prototype was completed using a 'dual plane' tubular chassis frame, Ford Mustang suspension/steering components and that model's 5.0-litre V8 engine. New ownership and a change of name to 'Aurora' saw the redesigned Cobra enter production in Canada soon afterwards. Federal safety and emissions targets were met and the Cobra was approved for sale in 50 states of the USA and throughout Canada. Over the course of the next year or so Aurora managed to build only an estimated 150-170 Cobras, the last of which left the factory after the receivers had moved in following the company's bankruptcy.
    Reputedly this example was first owned by the President of Guatemala's son-in-law, who sold it in 1985 to the immediately preceding owner, a McDonnell Douglas test pilot in the USA, in whose family's possession it remained thereafter. The Cobra has covered only 19,000 miles from new and is described as unmolested and in very good condition, driving 'A1'. It is currently being serviced. Finished in Burgundy with biscuit leather interior, this rare member of the Cobra family comes complete with full weather gear, tonneau cover, tool kit, original handbooks and brochure, MoT to August 2011 and Swansea V5.
1983/84 Aurora Cobra Roadster  Chassis no. 2A91ABD10DR004108
1983/84 Aurora Cobra Roadster  Chassis no. 2A91ABD10DR004108
1983/84 Aurora Cobra Roadster  Chassis no. 2A91ABD10DR004108
1983/84 Aurora Cobra Roadster  Chassis no. 2A91ABD10DR004108
1983/84 Aurora Cobra Roadster  Chassis no. 2A91ABD10DR004108
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