’97 Cobra eligible for track and road goes to auction

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AC built this Cobra in 1997 using original specifications | Aguttes photos

A one-of-a-kind 1997 AC Cobra Mk II 289 FIA will be offered up for bidding September 30 when French auction house Aguttes stages a sale at the Linas-Montihery Autodrome south of Paris.

According to Aguttes, the car was built by AC Cars Ltd. using original drawings and “is in every way identical” to those built in 1964, with aluminum bodywork and a 4.7-liter, 380 horsepower Ford V8 engine topped by Weber carburetors.

The car, wearing Viking Blue color, already has raced, in 2002 in the Spa 6-hour, and is said to be eligible for all vintage events. However, it also carries German road registration.

The car’s pre-sale estimated value is €300,000 to €500,000 ($350,000 to $583,000).

Among other cars on the docket are a MVS Venturi 520 Cup racer, Peugeot 205 Rallye, Maserati 3200 GT, Ferrari 550 Maranello Saab 900 cabriolet and BMW Z1. 

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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