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1964 AC Cobra 289

1964 AC Cobra 289 in T.J. Hooker, TV Series, 1982-1986 IMDB Ep. 2.02

Class: Cars, Convertible — Model origin: US

1964 AC Cobra 289

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Skid US

2010-03-05 07:47

289-powered Cobras, such as this one, did indeed have grilles. I'd say this is most likely the real thing.

Regarding the manufacturer: I was under the impression American market cars were sold as "Shelby Cobras," whereas British market cars were "AC Cobras." Maybe someone can confirm or deny that for me.

pilou BE

2010-03-05 09:28

Concerning the denomination of Cobra's , there is a very clear explanation in " The AC Cobra" Profile Publications Leatherhead Surrey England number 60 by Anthony Prichard and Richard Davey.To summarize :in mid 1965 an agreement was signed between A.C. Cars and Shelby American Inc.It stipulated that A.C. cars was wholly responsible for the manufacture of the small block ( 4.7 l) cars launched in the UK in 1962. So pre 1965 cars and post 1965 small blocks are AC .Just before the 1965 London Show the small block AC Cobra was renamed " A.C. 289" .Shelby American Inc.has been responsible for building and assembling only the big block ( 7 l) cars designed as "Shelby American Cobra".The example here appears a genuine early small block AC Cobra ca 1964/5.The situation is complicated by the sheer numbers of replicas made.

marklandynut UK

2010-05-06 23:10

It is unlikely to be a replica as most replicas use the wide arches found on the big block 427 cars, even though most replicas run much, much smaller engines. In the UK most replicas run the Rover V8 (3.5 litre, 215ci), a Ford 3 litre V6 or even a Ford 4 cylinder whilst a few run Chevy 350's.

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