2013 AC Cobra Replica by Gardner Douglas
Only 700 miles from build; Gardner Douglas Mk3 kit with stiff triangulated backbone chassis; 6.3 V8; Tremec 5-speed box; Willans harnesses; SVA/IVA certified
The Lincolnshire firm of Gardner Douglas have been supplying high quality Cobra replica kits since 1990. The GD Mk3, as here, uses a stiff triangulated backbone chassis with Jaguar suspension and a GRP semi-monocoque body mounted on top. This is powered by a GM 6.3-litre V8 driving through a Tremec 5-speed manual box and weighs around 980kg all up. The basic kit cost £25k+VAT (self-build) or £45k+VAT (ready-built).
This particular car is the second from last Mk3 built before it was replaced by the Mk4 and was acquired in kit form by the first owner in 2002. Passing to a new owner, it was finally SVA/IVA certified in April 2013 and issued with a V5C which records it as a 2013 Gardner Douglas Sports.
Power comes from a 1979 GM 5.7 V8 which has been fitted with a stroker kit to increase the capacity to 6.3. It is also fitted with 4-barrel Edelbrock carb, aluminium heads and roller rockers. The gearbox is a Tremec 5-speed manual, suspension is courtesy of Jaguar and the leather bucket seats have Willans harnesses. A tonneau cover is also included.
Since the build was completed the car has only covered around 700 miles. Its most recent MOT expired in November 2020 and there are various tidying jobs to do. We noticed a chuffing noise from the engine which could be as simple as a manifold gasket (see video) and there are some areas, particularly the wiring, which could do with a tidy up here and there.
The car comes with a huge file of invoices, original Gardner Douglas brochures and build manuals. It is very low, very loud and presumably very fast - not a car for the shrinking violet and guaranteed to set pulses racing.
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