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Accelerating In A AC Cobra 427 Is Mind-Blowing And Terrifying

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
November 13, 2013
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Owner: Alain Bouldouyre

Location: Paris, France

Year, Make, and Model: 1970 AC Cobra 427

Photographer: Chistian “BiBi” Martin and Marusha Bouldouyre

When is a Cobra tribute not just another kit car? Consider Alain Bouldouyre’s AC Cobra 427, which started life as a 1970 AC 428.

From 1968 to 1973, AC Cars of England added six inches to the same chassis that it once supplied to Carroll Shelby, but instead of fitting the famous widened AC Ace bodywork, the chassis was sent to Italy to be outfitted with graceful grand touring coachwork by Frua. With a 428 cubic inch Ford V8 under the hood, the resulting AC 428 was like the Cobra’s more sophisticated European cousin.

But everyone loves a Cobra, and in the early ‘80s, Alain’s car went under the knife, losing its Frua coachwork and the extra six inches of its frame, returning the chassis to Cobra specs. A hand-hammered body was crafted in aluminum according to original Cobra plans, and the given an unpainted aircraft finish. A supercharged 427 replaced the less-powerful 428.

Since acquiring the car in 2005, Alain has worked to create an authentic Cobra 427, down to the last detail. All the elements are there – blueprinted 427 big-block, toploader 4-speed gearbox, Hallibrand alloys wrapped in Goodyear rubber – which might be one of the reasons Alain wins so many Best of Show awards in his native France.

Alain bought the Cobra for its looks, but admits he enjoys driving it more. He enjoys driving the Cobra on secondary roads in the French countryside with strong accelerations from brutally hitting the gas creating huge flames all around, not only from the two sidepipes but also from the hood scope too, bursting from the Holley and against the windshield. He tells us, “Acceleration is mind-blowing…and terrifying. I’ve never brought it to the limit. Too scary above 200 km/h. It’s a vicious car!”

Like we said, authentic to the last detail. Just don’t call it a kit car.

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Jim Levitt
Jim Levitt

Another 4 year old story being brought back to life. I was fortunate to have owned all 3 styles of 427 Cobras. I had the 1st 427 on the East coast in Nov 1965 #3014 I think but not sure, #3025 which is a real S/C ( I bought and sold that one 3 times during the 1970s) and the rarest of them all, a narrow (rear) fendered Cobra, they made only 5 of those and are VERY rare, I only saw one other and that happened to be owned by a friend of mine or I would never had… Read more »

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Bart Mulder
Bart Mulder

pure testosterone!

Seeing such a beast always remembers me to an old college mate saying in the ideal world his live would end 30 yrs old crashing himself in his Cobra…

Peter Schroeter
Peter Schroeter

Intensely cool! Sidenote on the AC Cobra original design…current head of design of KIA, Peter Schreyer, talks about a ‘prestige gap’ on the new KIA K9 between the front wheel arch and the door sill of the front door as a signifying symbol for a front engined, rear wheel drive car (which all the German heavy weights have). Now take a look at the Cobra design – the surface between the front wheel arch and the door is greater than any other surface on the car including the front overhang, rear overhang and even the door itself…essence of the ‘muslce’!… Read more »

Bart Mulder
Bart Mulder

ehhh.. how about the Bristols?

Aaron
Aaron

I guess these cars were not worth much in the Eighties and it was problably cheaper to turn the car in to a “Cobra” than restore it . It is a real shame which has now de valued the car 60 grand ? it is worth what someone is willing to pay for a butchered car.

Todd Cox
Todd Cox

Buys real Cobra because doesn’t want kit car. Buys rarest Cobra, cuts Cobra up, makes kit car out of rare Cobra.

Beautiful build, but I don’t get it.

CJ David
CJ David

He didn’t cut it up. It was cut up in the 80s, he bought it in 2005.

BiTurbo228
BiTurbo228

My issue with kit Cobras (not really this one though), is that there are lots nad lots of them about. They’re really cool, I just wouldn’t have one myself.

What I would have though is a Cobra kit with a BMW S54 from an E46 M3. ~340bhp, a gorgeous straight 6 noise and AC used Bristol engines in their original cars (which were based off an earlier BMW design).

It’d be a kit AC Ace.

Dustin Rittle
Dustin Rittle

Great car..these beast where always a terrifying experience for whoever was sitting behind the wheel. 😀

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

Very cool car, but a shame a rare AC428 (only 81 made 49 of which were coupes) had to be chopped up to create it 🙁

Michael Rubin
Michael Rubin

I agree 100\%. It’s his choice but not one I’d make.