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Cobretti Viper V8 AC Cobra Replica 1993 (C) Silver
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 space-frame 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 glass-fibre bodyshell with its distinctive dramatically flared front wheel arches.
This Cobretti Viper V8 was built in 1993 using a rebuilt Rover V8 3528 Engine with Edelbrock Manifolds and Rocker Covers, Holley 4-barrel Carburettor, Powerflow custom made Stainless Steel Exhaust, Rover 5 Speed Gearbox, customary Jaguar front and rear axles, limited slip differential, 4 Wheel Disc Brakes, Spax coil over adjustable shock absorbers - twin on the rear and sitting on a set of Compomotive period looking Halibrands Alloy Wheels finished with black centers, a polished rim and matching centre lock spinner with the correct B F Goodrich tyres.
It is finished in almost unmarked Silver Metallic and has just had a new Red leather interior and red carpet set and new Red seat Belts all of which compliment the Silver bodywork superbly. It has a chrome roll-over hoop behind the driver, excellent chrome bumpers and comes with a hood and weather equipment, although you will hardly ever use it! The driving position is low slung with the period Mota-Lita wooden Steering Wheel and all instruments are courtesy of Smiths.
Start the engine and there is a wonderful growl from the V8 Engine and stainless steel exhaust system and with the relatively light clutch and smooth 5 speed Gearbox it really is a lovely and exhilarating car to drive.
It was purchased by the current owner in July 2000 when it had covered 12,962 miles from build, but it was hardly used the car during his 19 years of ownership although it was taken out of the garage every year for an MOT up until 2016. It is registered with the DVLA as a 1965 Rover which was the donor of the Engine and Gearbox for this Cobretti Viper, hence the really nice 1965 and period number plate CYC 777C.
It has now covered 14,567 miles and we are just in the process of re-commissioning the car and it has just gone through a new MOT (13/09/19) with no advisories at all + it will have a full 100 point check over and a pre sales Service and come with a 6 Month Mechanical Warranty.
Full photograph's to follow upon completion of our showroom preparation.
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