Rare 1997 racing AC Cobra going on sale in France

A one of a kind AC Cobra built by AC in the 1990s and eligible for historic competition is heading the sale list for the Aguttes auction in September, held near Paris

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A 'one of a kind' AC Cobra Mk2 with racing experience will head for sale with Aguttes auctioneers in September at a pre-war Grand Prix track south of Paris.

Last appearing on a race track in 2002 at the Spa Six-Hours, the AC Cobra Mk2 289 FIA, built by AC Cars Ltd in 1997, is eligible for all events on the historic racing calendar.

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The car was built from the original drawings and specification, and the AC name is testament to the fact that the car is identical to the 1964 original, with aluminium bodywork and the Ford 4.7 litre 380bhp V8 engine with Weber carburettors.

Carroll Shelby made motorsport history with the Cobra Mk2 289 and his Shelby Competition team in 1964 and ‘65, which raced in the ‘Viking Blue’ colour that the Cobra going to auction proudly wears.

With a German registration this car is also road legal, and is estimated to sell for around €500,000 (£445,370) when it goes under the hammer on September 30.

The auction will take place at Autodrome de Montlhéry, host of the 1925 French Grand Prix and positioned 19 miles south of Paris.

Other highlights of the sale will include a race-experienced 1968 Chevrolet Corvette C3 and Ford Lotus Cortina, the rally-inspired Peugeot 205 Rallye, the best of Italy in the form of a Ferrari 550 Maranello and Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider, and McLaren’s modern 675 LT supercar.

Last year’s sale included the Lotus Eleven S2, which competed in the Le Mans Classic, and the 2003 Maserati 4200 Trofeo Light ‘Spirit of Houston’, which raced in the Daytona 24 Hours in its heyday.

You can find out more about the auction here.

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