Thursday, April 13, 2017

Cobruar or Jagobra: 1965 AC Cobra Replica V12

I always chuckle when I think about how Carroll Shelby spent much of his time suing companies who built Shelby Cobra replica cars when it was AC Cars gorgeous Ace that is being plagiarized by every Tom, Dick, & Harry with the space to make a few welded frame chassis and fiberglass molds. The AC Ace was a British built speed machine, so it only makes sense that you'd build a replica with a properly British Jaguar V12.  Find this 1965 AC Cobra Replica V12 offered for $6,000 in Camarillo, CA via craigslist. Tip from Sean S.

This isn't the best example of a Fauxbra replica -- the Firebird inspired ram-air snorkus hood is tragic, the panel fit is worse than an 80s Oldsmobile and somehow it appears that the fiberglass is rusting...BUT...BUT...just pop the hood.

You'll forget all about the condition of this beast after you fire up that 5.3 liter Jaguar V12 from an XJS.  Fed via an alarmingly high number of Solex cars this thing will be as tricky to balance as a giraffe on a dental floss tightrope, but it'll be awesome.  I think.

See a better car for impressing your neighbors?


  1. Damn Lucas Door Gaps no more warm beer for U !

  2. Just thinking about keeping a 6 cylinder Jag running, gives me nightmares doing a 12 cyl synchronizing those carbs!

  3. I would keep mad max style and just run it. I just read the original ad.... I'm sure the carbs just need a little cleaning.. ha ha ha

  4. Re: the "5.3 liter Jaguar V12 from an XJS"... this IS an XJS, with a nose job and a butt bob.

  5. Ad claims "replica on V12 Jag XJS frame/running gear" but I think you're totally right. Those look like XJS doors and windshield, so, yeah, weird XLS hackjob.

    1. The closer you look at this, the worse it becomes. (but I can't look away) I think you're entirely correct, it looks like someone took a sawzall to an XJS leaving the windscreen, front doors and just enough of that portion rear of the doors to try to bond the replicobra on to. Keeping with the true trailer-park ambiance, we are once again treated to Home Depot's cold air return vents to provide addition heat scavenging from the the engine bay.
      As the body of the XJS is wider, just flare those front fender lips until they clear the wheels.

  6. Looks like the hood opening was made with a dull sawzall......

  7. None of the carburetors have air filters, but there's a big air filter over the middle of the engine. Seems a fair trade...


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