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This AC Cobra has featured in numerous car and fashion photography courses that I have covered at Brooklands Museum over the years, ironically I have never done a proper photoshoot of the car, Back in August Oh So Retro magazine asked me to do a feature on an iconic classic car, John's AC came to mind...
Manufactured by AC Cars Ltd in 1991 at their "ew" factory within the historic Brooklands race track in Surrey. The MkIV has a handmade Aluminium body and steel chassis created using the original jigs and body bucks relocated from the Thames Ditton factory. Powered by a 5 litre V8 engine the car produces around 300 BHP.

This car was commissioned by English film director James Dearden (Fatal Attraction). In total approximately 450 examples of the Mk IV Cobra were built and the MkIV was the last version of the Cobra AC Cars made in aluminium. Purchased in 2005 by the current (second) owners as a wedding present, the car is used whenever possible, though it is less fun in heavy rain because the hood has never been fitted.

Within months of being purchased by the current owners the car was shipped to the Middle East to take part in the "Jewel that is Jordan" classic car tour. The two week rally across Jordan also served as the owners honeymoon. The car is a five times winner of the AC Owners’ Club Concours “Best MkIV”, winner Best MkIV at the ACOC International Centennial, winner of the inaugural AC Heritage Concours at Brooklands and was part of the Royal Automobile Club display at HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concours of Elegance at Windsor Castle and at Hampton Court in 2014

The car is often used for European tours including trips to the Monaco Historic, Northern Spain, the Pyrenees and Southern France. A regular at the Le Mans Classic where it has been used by the ACO (organizers of the Le Mans 24 hours) to provide “hot laps” for VIPs. This year the car has again been in France attending the Laon Historique.