Nothing screams speed like a Cobra: real, fake, continuation, or otherwise. The AutoKraft Cobra, to many is the first real â€œcontinuationâ€ Cobra, originally filling a space that has now been over taken by the Shelby CSX4000, 6000, 7000 and 800 series Cobras. When they were originally built, starting in the early 80â€²s, the AC AutoKraft Cobra was built at the AC factory using the same molds and jigs as the original cars. This car is aluminum, like the originals and AutoKraft Cobraâ€™s are recognized in the Shelby American registry.
This may in fact be the ultimate in the "continuation" AutoKraft series. Believed to be the first one built, vin number AK1001, and equipped with Ford's 427 cu.inÂ V8.
The AC Cobra Mk IV, however, is no copy or plastic replicar. It was introduced by Cobra parts supplier Autokraft of Britain in 1982, built under exclusive license from AC using the original jigs, body bucks and tooling. As such, it is a genuine AC Cobra, and a true continuation of the fundamental line with its all-aluminum bodywork and carbureted 5-liter Ford crate V8s (for the U.S.) mated with the bulletproof T5 manual transmission.
The legitimacy of the Mk IV Cobra is further confirmed by its inclusion into the Shelby American World Registry, which currently features only 197 known examples of these last cars to be built by the original AC company. The timeless formula embodied in the Cobra continues to stir the passions of enthusiasts decades onÂ the emblem of a true star!