AC Cobra MkI 1962-1963, MkII 1963-1965 & MkIII 1965-1968


April 10, 2013 By Mike Lee
Last updated on July 28, 2015
AC Cobra 427 (Shelby) (1965)
Country
USA
Top Speed (mph)
165
0-50 mph
3.3
0-60 mph
4.2
0-100 mph
10.3
1/4 mile
12.4
0-1 km
22.5
BHP
425 @6500rpm
Torque lbft
480 @3700rpm
BHP per ton
366
Engine capacity CC/CU
6997/427
Engine type
V8 Carburettors x 2
Aspiration
Normal
Compression Ratio
11.5:1
Valve Type/No
Overhead 16
Transmission (manual/auto)
Manual
No of speeds
4
Wheels driven
RWD
Brakes F/R
Disc/Disc
No. of Seats
2
Length (in)
158
Width (in)
63
Height (in)
45
Kerb Weight (lbs)
2555
Additional Info: Available in different states of tune 345 – 485bhp and even beyond and of course many competition versions made well over 500bhp. Also available with a 7014cc (428cu) 390bhp version. This car is essentially all USA built by Carrol Shelby. Coupe versions are called Cobra Daytona Coupe’s. The 427 held the record for 0-100-0mph with a time for a road car of around 12.4 secs until I believe 1991.

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Cobra 289 (1964)
Country
UK/USA
Top Speed (mph)
138
0-30 mph
2.2
0-60 mph
5.5
0-100 mph
14
1/4 mile
13.8
30-50
3.4 (3 rd )
30-70
6.8
BHP
271 @5750rpm
Torque lbft
314 @4500rpm
BHP per ton
258
MPG UK/US
15/12.5
Engine capacity CC/CU
4727/289
Engine type
V8 Carburettor
Aspiration
Normal
Compression Ratio
11.0:1
Valve Type/No
Overhead 16
Transmission (manual/auto)
Manual
No of speeds
4
Wheels driven
RWD
Brakes F/R
Disc/Disc
No. of Seats
2
Length (in)
158
Width (in)
63
Height (in)
48
Kerb Weight (lbs)
2315
Additional Info: Used originally a 2.6 litre engine from the Ford Zephyr as the ACE, purely as a British car (see seperate entry). In 1961 Carrol Shelby introduced himself to AC and not long after the 4.6 (260cu) Ford engine was slotted in to create the MkI Cobra 260 which in competition tune put out 335bhp, with 60mph coming up in just over 4 seconds. Incidently I believe a 221cu Ford engine was used as the prototype. The 289 was added later as the MkII.

AC Cobra 289 1964