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History of Supercars - The AC Cobra 427

What was the first supercar?

The AC Cobra 457 is iconic; even outside of supercar circles. It is in the contender pack to be dubbed as 'first ever supercar' along with cars like the Mercedes 300L and the Chevrolet Corvette.

What makes the AC Cobra 427 a true supercar?

Here are some interesting facts about the AC Cobra 427 that illustrate its supercar status:

  • Supercar innovation began in the 1950's - the AC Cobra 427 was first manufactured in 1965.
  • The Cobra 427 achieved 0-100mph in 10 seconds - an accerelation record that wasn't broken for 20 years.
  • The engine is a 427 cubic inches (7 litre) Ford V8 - hence the model variant name.
  • Whilst the Cobra 427 was a mega supercar it flopped commercially when Caroll Shelby stopped importing the AC Motors model to the USA in 1967.
  • The AC Cobra had a fuel economy of 10 miles per gallon.

What does it sound like?

Check out this YouTube video which shows off the AC Cobra 427's fantastic engine sound:

How much can you pick one up for?

AC Cobra 427s can be picked up second hand for between £10,000 and £100,000. Buying an AC Cobra 427 isn't for your average Joe. Either you need mechanical knowledge or know a really good AC Cobra specialist. Be prepared to invest money and time.

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