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Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / Re: Buyer beware?
« on: March 06, 2018, 10:51:27 »
See for further discussion. Believed constructed in 2005, CSX 2620 has neither a period nor an ISO 3779 compliant VIN. The car's registration pre-withdrawal was PTF 47B.


Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / Re: Buyer beware?
« on: January 31, 2018, 23:00:09 »
A VRD (aka logbook in the UK) is not by itself proof of provenance in any jurisdiction that I know of. As this car's absence of 1964 provenance as a vehicle is a matter of record it would be surprising if Mr Seddon's claim is successful.


Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / 289 Cobra Reproduction on Hemmings
« on: October 09, 2017, 16:48:24 »
I believe anyone can give a car the VIN of their choice. Problems arise only when an attempt is made to:
  • road-register it in some (but not all) jurisdictions
  • pass it off as something it isn't
  • have it recorded in an authoritative register

  •    RS

       Spelling & syntax errors are key advance fee fraud indicators. Tread carefully bearing in mind 'TLegate's' novel vinious appellation.

    ACOC News and Events / AC Factory 'Bible'
    « on: September 13, 2017, 17:34:22 »
       Most registrars have the Factory Ledger (aka bible) copy for the cars within their remit. I believe archivist John Spencer has a very comprehensive copy.
       The period Cobra info comprises:
    • ex-works date
    • model
    • colour (exterior & trim)
    • car number
    • engine number
    • agent name & address
    • first owner name & address for some cars,
    • other freehand notes in limited cases.

       The Ledger, at least for period Cobras, does not record 'chassis number'.

    Recent ACs / Need help with vin # history
    « on: September 11, 2017, 20:13:35 »
    This is an after-market replica AC chassis tag, it having several very clear giveaways.
       The car was not built by AC and not built in 1964.
       ACOC Cobra Registrar

    Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / Exhaust
    « on: August 24, 2017, 13:29:45 »
       RSK289’s first reply correctly reports 289 Sports silencers and tailpipes to be same as those on 427 street cars so I’d be wary of reading too much into leaf-spring (MkI chassis) Cobra photos such as 2588 and 6034.

    General Forum / AC valuation for insurance
    « on: August 16, 2017, 11:04:33 »
       I would use Haggerty. It's well documented, has good standing in the CC world and is easy to use.
       Robin Staiiner

    Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / Low milage Cobra
    « on: August 15, 2017, 12:51:31 »
    Bonhams 3359, the real thing, was discussed in a long string in 2014:
       Little has been heard of the non-real-thing (see AutoRetro article) since François Duret's lawyer gave up asserting its reality after several months of dogged trying.

    Ace, Aceca & Greyhound Forum / watches and AC's...
    « on: June 26, 2017, 14:22:42 »
    It's CSX3131, a 1965 narrow-hip 427.

    Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / CSX 2484
    « on: June 13, 2017, 14:03:44 »
    Fiskens have removed 2484 from their inventory and no longer offer it for sale as a period Cobra.

    Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / CSX 2484
    « on: June 12, 2017, 17:56:49 »
    2484 was destroyed in 1966. It is now known that there are two 2484 replicas, the first being the 2003 blue Jim Bouzaglou car, currently in the USA, and the second being the 2015 black André Ahrlé car, currently in the UK.
       This is the first instance I can recall of two unrelated people independently replicating the same Cobra. These two replicas have also appeared in the same event, as car #59 and car #11 at the 2015 Monterey Historics Group 5B race ( I’m led to believe that Mr Ahrlé will call me shortly to discuss the ACOC Cobra categorisation principles approved by Council sixteen years ago.
       As Cobra Registrar I’m inured to surprises but this oddity is an interesting one.

    Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / CSX 2484
    « on: June 10, 2017, 13:00:25 »
       It looks like 2448, which can be seen at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion looking much like the Fiskens car, including race number 11.
       But 2448:
  • Wasn’t ‘delivered new to Ray Hunt, Florida’: 2448 was delivered new to the Foreign Car Center, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Wasn’t ‘subsequently purchased by David L McMahon’: 2448 was subsequently purchased by Paul Wood, also of Birmingham AL
  • Wasn’t then sold ‘to Jeff Carlin in 1966’: 2448’s second owner was Pat Colletti (Tucson, AZ).

       All, given a fair wind, will be revealed shortly.

    Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / CSX 2484
    « on: June 09, 2017, 12:41:47 »
    Up-to-date Cobra Register now on the Club's Website.
       The Appendix lists fifty-two leaf spring replicas (cars not built by AC in Thames Ditton and not built in period, but with the approximate specification of a Thames Ditton Cobra and an AC or AC-like period car number). Most have an FIA HTP, though H they are not.
       Ho hum.

    Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / CSX 2484
    « on: June 08, 2017, 17:58:04 »
       The only ‘remains’ retained were the title, the US equivalent of the V5C/Logbook. A previous title owner states that he acquired 2484 in an envelope and sold on the envelope and its contents, nothing more.
       The Cobra Register website copy is last November’s. I believe the Webmaster will post the current copy shortly. The Leaf Spring Shelby Register reads ‘2484...Destroyed in 1966...[Replica in  USA]’. The Replica Leaf Spring Cars appendix reads ‘Vin Asserted CSX2484...Date 2003...Constructed by Paul Andrews & Mike McCluskey, using the chassis discarded when 2343 was rebuilt as a Daytona Coupe. FIA HTP. (Original destroyed in 1966)’.
       Hope this helps.

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