AC MkVI - Evolution Of The Cobra Legend

AC MkVI

I can hear the arguments already: that's not an AC; That's not a Cobra.

I don't care. I like it and if I had the money I could live with one, for a while, anyway.

Jurgen Mohr, AC Cars' commercial director, is the main driving force behind it. He has been building Cobra replicas in Germany for many years and spotted the chance to do a deal with Alan Lubinsky, the then owner of AC to put AC badges on his - Mohr's - cars.

As I say, the arguments over whether an AC can be built in Germany as they now are, and whether a Cobra can have a Chevy engine instead of a Ford, will run and run. But I still think it looks great, even in the hardtop form which they seem to have made a really nice job of designing.

AC MkVI

AC MKVI
AC MKVI

AC MkVI GT & GTS

There are two models, not just in body style but in power output. The GTS variant has 647 bhp while the GT has to make do with a feeble 437 bhp. Both use the 6.2-litre Corvette V8. And UK prices are well over £90,000 so it is probably as well they are only planning on building about 60 a year.

Although according to Mohr, who was speaking to EVO magazine, a 'substantial' number of orders have already been received.

Performance wise either car can hit 60 mph in under four seconds and while no top speed is quoted it is unlikely to be under 150 mph, even on the 'slow' version.

EVO's test of the car was largely positive with only minor quibbles about the gear change and driving position, which was due to be updated anyway.

AC MkVI Convertible

AC MkVI convertible
AC MkVI convertible

America Here We Come!

The Brits are, er… the Germans are coming. AC hope that America will be a major export market for them and the car has been engineered to sell throughout Europe and the US.

The car is fitted with Porsche brakes and weighs around 1,000kg and according to EVO sounds fantastic. You can check out AC's website for other details. Cars now have air conditioning and increased cabin size to improve driver comfort.

AC MkVI Hardtop

AC MkVI hardtop
AC MkVI hardtop

Is It Worth It?

For what is likely to be over £100,000 by the time you've got it on the road to your personal specification, it ain't cheap in real terms. But given the cost of 'genuine' Cobras that sell these days it is.

Obviously many people will stop opt for one of the kit car replicas, and I can't blame them at these prices. I would only buy one if I had cash to burn because I think it looks beautiful. If I only wanted a back-road blaster one of the kit cars is a much better idea.

Will everyone accept it as an AC, let alone an AC Cobra? I doubt it. But I suspect they will have no trouble finding a few wealthy souls willing to part with the cash for the exclusivity and image - unfortunately one of them won't be me.

AC MkVI Rear

AC MkVI rear
AC MkVI rear

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