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Recent ACs / Re: New Continuation Cobras
« on: March 03, 2019, 14:57:40 »
Emmanuel refers to AC Automotive GmbH (Straubenhardt, Germany), the Jürgen Mohr/Laurent Abert company that may have ceased physical existence.

A glossy motor magazine could at some stage spot a rising Phoenix but the UK Lubinsky companies do not appear to prosper:
   AC Car Group Ltd:                          A dormant £2 company
   AC Cars Ltd:                                  A dormant £1 company
     AC Cars Manufacturing Ltd:             A dormant £1 company
   AC Cars (England) Ltd:                   A dormant £1 company
   AC Cars (Eu) Ltd:                           No evident activity - shareholder funds minus £153,651
   Autokraft (UK) Limited:                   A dormant £1 company
   Autokraft Advanced Technology Ltd: No evident activity - shareholder funds minus £120,182
   Zenos Cars Ltd:                              A dormant £1 company
   Zenos Cars (Europe) Ltd:                 A dormant £1 company.


Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / Re: 39PH For Sale
« on: February 26, 2019, 14:21:44 »
Per Fiskens “AC Cars built Cobra chassis number CSX2131 at its Thames Ditton factory...

Not per AC’s Factory Ledger, AC’s car-numbering conventions, 1963 Le Mans scrutineering or the ACOC. 2131, a RHD car, is CS2131.

‘X’ was only used for LHD cars. Shelby American’s Willment invoice mistakenly lists it as 'CSX' but the CS concept was unknown California.


General Forum / Re: Registering a CSX4000 in the UK
« on: November 16, 2018, 16:15:35 »
It depends, I believe, on whether or not it was made by a licensed motor vehicle manufacturer and originally registered as such. If it wasn't, it would have been registered as a 'Specially Constructed Vehicle' or similar (regulations vary from state to state) and would, per my reading of UK regulations, only qualify for a 'Q' registration.


General Forum / Re: News from Essex
« on: October 06, 2018, 14:45:23 »
I commend the Judgement (www link above) to those interested in the facts: the case doesn’t concern ‘an aggrieved buyer’ or in any way suggest that Michael Tuke is less worldly than us.

The claim is that Derek Hood/JD Classics acted as Michael Tuke’s agent in advising on Tuke’s purchases and sales of classic cars. The Court concluded that the evidence presented to it was “consistent with there having been a straightforward principal/agent relationship between Mr Tuke and the Defendant by which the Defendant took a 10% commission from any profit made by Mr Tuke....”

An agent owes a fiduciary duty to his principal that excludes all self-interest; the prospect of succeeding in ‘this sort of action these days’ is the same as it was fifty or a hundred years ago.


General Forum / Re: News from Essex
« on: September 24, 2018, 13:07:33 »
Your further questions answered:

Who took over JD Classics’ assets on 18th September?
   Woodham Mortimer Ltd.

Is Woodham Mortimer long-established with plenty of capital?
   Not per the public record: set up earlier on the 18th September with £1 share capital allotted .

So who owns this £1 share?
   Cayman Islands based JDC Holdings LLC, resident in a Post Office box (no 39, to be precise).

But the Cayman Islands are not well known for classic car expertise. Who appears to control JDC Holdings LLC?
   Reports have it that it’s HPS Investment Partners LLC (HPS being Highbridge Principal Strategies).

Highbridge in Somerset?
   No, HPS is ‘headquartered in New York’.

Classic car dealers then?
   Er, no.


General Forum / Re: News from Essex
« on: September 20, 2018, 09:31:56 »
Further detail is at

A well-read AC aficionado is reminded of Walter Scott:
   “O, what a tangled web we weave,
         When first we practise to deceive!”


General Forum / News from Essex
« on: September 19, 2018, 15:41:15 »
Derek Hood (JD Classics) bought an £84,000 AC Aceca (BE621) and sold it for £254,000 three weeks later. The casual observer would say that DH is either very astute or less than frank in his buyer representations. Sean Brannigan QC’s assessment is blunter: “....fraudulent misrepresentation....” (5th March).

JD Classics went into administration last week ( Its assets were acquired yesterday so it remains a going concern: whether Mr Brannigan’s client sees any of his money (£9,000,000 is claimed) or Lloyd’s recover any of their advances (said to be circa £25,000,000) only time will tell.


Recent ACs / Re: New Continuation Cobras
« on: September 05, 2018, 20:08:14 »

My understanding is that the project's originators hoped that their "fortunate few" target market would have nine members, that any other than the first car would be built to order, that the target market hope has not been realised and that 'few', to date, is fewer than two.

I may be wrong: any authoritative correction would be welcome.



A US dealer offers for sale a vehicle described as a 1964 (sometimes 1965) ‘Ford 289 Shelby Cobra s/n COB5998’. The Club categorises this vehicle, bearing an AC rather than Shelby VIN, as Replica completed in 1995.

Please email me for our public-domain findings if you would like further information.


Masters Historic Racing includes the Gentlemen Drivers mini-endurance series for pre-1966 GT cars. As all Gentlemen Drivers' AC/ Shelby Cobras at Imola (April 20/22) were built in the 21st Century I'm not sure 'Historic' is the right term.


Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / Re: CSX 2000 to CSX 2074 Photographs
« on: April 21, 2018, 16:52:10 »
Any non-stock interesting CSX 2000 to 2074 photographs, please, to Bob Walker per first post contact details.


General Forum / Re: Naming of Parts
« on: April 20, 2018, 13:38:47 »

The Club should communicate clearly and not lend credence to myth.

But ‘.....when it was not (valid) in period?’ begs the question: To whom? For Cobras, we need to consider US and Shelby American usage, and for individual components what is most understandable now provided it isn’t misleading.

As I have said, the generic US usage is ‘worm & sector’. “Steering worm” gets 336,000 Google hits; “steering cam” gets 23,000. The sector shaft is the second important component in a Bishop Cam system. shows the innards in detail and I commend it to anyone who has an interest in this arcane debate: ‘steering sector shaft’ MG0381A is £142; ‘sector shaft peg’ (their words, not mine) MG0369B is less than a tenth of the price, at £10.

So I’ll stick with worm and sector unless there’s general outrage from both sides of the pond.


Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / Re: CSX 2000 to CSX 2074 Photographs
« on: April 18, 2018, 14:39:37 »

We’ve discussed steering boxes before. ‘Worm’ is a descriptive word for the helical drive and ‘Sector’ is a descriptive word for the gear section (about a tenth of a full gear) that it engages. The cam and peg terminology is less widely used: it’s not cam as on a camshaft and it’s not peg as generally understood.

I also need to consider our US colleagues who received all the cars originally and still have the majority. ‘Worm & Sector’ is their standard terminology and I have yet to meet a US aficionado who refers to it as ‘Cam & Peg’.

So I’ll stick with worm and sector unless there’s general outrage from both sides of the pond.


Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / CSX 2000 to CSX 2074 Photographs
« on: April 17, 2018, 13:46:59 »
California-based Robert Walker, author of the highly-acclaimed ‘Cobra Pilote-The Ed Hugus Story’, is writing an account of each of the early worm & sector Cobras for publication later this year.

He is looking for photographs (other than from the normal sources) of any Cobras from CSX 2000 to CSX 2074 and would greatly appreciate any help you could give. If you have anything of potential interest, please contact Robert Walker at <>. Credit for photos published will have photographer's name listed in each caption.

'Cobra Pilote' is an excellent addition to serious Cobra reference works and I encourage you to help this author.

Robin Stainer
AC Owners' Club Cobra Registrar

Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / Re: Buyer beware?
« on: March 06, 2018, 16:54:40 »
Justine Thornton QC unsurprisingly concludes that:
"I am not persuaded that the DVLA owes a duty of care to Mr Seddon. The DVLA was performing its functions under a statutory regime designed to raise vehicle excise duty. Mr Seddon chose to rely on the car registration document for a purpose of his own – the purchase of a historic car. Analogous case law does not permit a duty of care. In entering into a private commercial transaction for the purchase of the car, Mr Seddon could have taken steps to protect himself against the loss he subsequently incurred."

The loss, fortunately, is Mr Seddon's, not the taxpayers. Please email me if you want the full Judgment.


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