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Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / CSX 2484
« on: June 08, 2017, 14:59:37 »
   You're being generous. None left at all.

Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / The Rat Catchers
« on: May 18, 2017, 12:02:32 »
This is Robin Pearce's car originally owned by Robert (Bob) Burnard, thus RB 38.
   At 35secs you'll see an interesting driver challenge: three up in a Cobra. With sensible discretion the Pinewood director uses back-projection and a wind machine generating very un-Cobra-like mini-buffeting.

General Forum / 21st Anniversary Bulletin
« on: May 13, 2017, 13:59:58 »
   THE last? Not according to the Register: the Factory Ledger has 6125 as last Cobra to leave TD, on 24th Feb 1969.
   6127, Ian Richardson’s car, left in bits seven months earlier and was, I believe, assembled by his local garage, Hills Garage (Ampthill) Ltd.

General Forum / AC Cars consortium buys Zenos Cars
« on: March 27, 2017, 13:13:38 »
The joint administrator’s 10th March forty-seven page Zenos proposals are at
   It is very difficult to see why anyone with proper car manufacture, marketing or sales experience would wish to buy the remains of Zenos Cars Limited (08077623). Unencumbered by such experience, AC Cars may bring to the party skills that are not obvious.
   Past performance is no guarantee of the future but it’s the only way to bet: the cobwebs in my wallet are in no danger of being disturbed.

Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / When was this award ceremony recorded.
« on: February 20, 2017, 18:10:53 »
   We definitely have a two-car mystery as it is very probable that 2126, the other ‘round tail lamp’ car, was in the UK in September 63.
   I took ‘pearl’ to be shorthand for ‘pearlescent’ (c/f 2000’s pearlescent yellow): as the film is B&W, all that can be said with certainty is that the car is not black or white. Forty-six worm & sector cars were originally red: 2048 was used as a Shelby American show car and ‘is noted as having been sent to the Ford Custom Caravan in February of ’63’ [SAAC]. Of all the non black or white W&S cars, 2048 seems to me the most likely.
   In University Challenge terms, 2048 is ‘your starter for 10’: what’s now needed is an alternative more plausible suggestion.

Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / When was this award ceremony recorded.
« on: February 20, 2017, 13:23:37 »
   If the clip is Mid Ohio on 22 Sept 63 I wonder, as a shot in the dark, if the Cobra could have been 2048?

Recent ACs / Auction - 2012 AC 378 GT Zagato Prototype
« on: February 17, 2017, 16:53:37 »
"Geneva 2012 marks a new beginning for the AC brand", said Mackenzie, "The company has suffered from a series of false starts in recent years but at the root of those has always been the lack of a proper manufacturing base. Now that it has entered into joint ventures with manufacturing entities with strong track records in producing cars which share the iconic AC pedigree, all that is firmly in the past".
   This bullish conclusion is from a new AC director with no known vehicle manufacture or sales credentials. It would seem that few AC Zagatos followed the prototype but the 378 GT could have been yet another AC limited edition venture, akin to the fifty car AC MkII Classic Special and nine car AC MkI Legacy editions.

Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / Nightmare of 427 provenance
« on: January 19, 2017, 10:54:37 »
All leading car registration systems have Vehicle Identification Number (VIN-an ISO standard) or Car Number (AC´s period Factory Ledger term) as the unique identifier. The VIN, or VIN subset, appears in five or more places for early leaf spring Cobras and six or more for later cars.
   The VIN is (or is intended to be) a unique international car identifier, though it is sometimes nefariously duplicated or triplicated, either in different legal jurisdictions or in the same jurisdiction where two separate physical cars share the same identity (one being a ´ringer´ for the other). The ACOC Cobra Register principles are such that one car cannot become two or more cars, just as one person cannot become two or more people.
   Over fifty ´later´ replica cobras that have (or claim to have) the VIN of a period Cobra are listed in the Club´s website members´ area ( May I suggest that future discussion considers specific documented examples and uses defined terms such as VIN and Car Number. The only DNA in a Cobra comes from the originators of its few organic components, not from the car itself.

Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / Nightmare of 427 provenance
« on: January 16, 2017, 10:22:47 »
The car is the car, in the same way that the person is the person. Some skeletal and epidermic remains do not a person comprise.
   This has nothing whatsoever to do with money. The principles employed are widely used, published, available to any interested party, fully approved by ACOC Council and tested in law in a number of leading jurisdictions. They ensure than one car (or person) cannot become two, three or more and that a dead car (or person) cannot be resurrected.

Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / Nightmare of 427 provenance
« on: January 13, 2017, 07:40:53 »
   Yes, per the Register (which received authoritative infomation some ten years ago) they have the same VIN, or 'Car Number' using Factory Ledger oldspeak.

Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / Nightmare of 427 provenance
« on: January 12, 2017, 10:16:45 »
   The ACOC Cobra Register, based on the internationally-accepted continuous history as a vehicle principle, illustrates the 3272 issues. Only one vehicle has continuous history as a vehicle since 1966: during its repair many new components were used to replace discarded damaged items.
   A new vehicle was built in 1979, using some discarded 1966 components, and given the VIN´CSX3140´. Twenty-six years later this VIN was changed to ´CSX3272´.
   I don´t think anyone is being unscrupulous. The facts are readily available to those who want them and many rightly conclude that a replica/replica performance/replica price combination better meets their needs than the alternative. This is particularly the case in front-running historic racing.

Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / AC Id Tag
« on: December 30, 2016, 19:25:28 »
The Cobra Register has confidential images of both period AC and aftermarket footbox i/d tags with differences listed (both visible and microscopic) and private unused AC and aftermarket tags in support. VIN/engine number stamping formats also provide useful information.
   An opinion can be given on any images provided the circumstances of the query are known and it is judged to be a bona fide enquiry.

Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / And the latest offering is....
« on: November 10, 2016, 10:18:02 »
   This isn't a Thames Ditton Cobra. The post should be to the 'New 2017 Cobra 378' thread in the Recent ACs forum.
   Thames Ditton Cobra Registrar

Recent ACs / New 2017 Cobra 378
« on: November 09, 2016, 14:12:10 »
Difficult to keep up with all this.
   According to Companies House, AC Cars (England) Ltd (10116138) was incorporated with £1 capital on 11th April. Companies House records only one director: Alan Lubinsky, resident in Israel.
   That General Sir Jeremy Mackenzie is Chairman could well be news to Sir Jeremy. Companies House records no directorships for him in any AC or Acedes or other directly or indirectly related Alan Lubinsky company.
   I have advised Sir Jeremy of the facts.

Recent ACs / New Continuation Cobras
« on: October 24, 2016, 13:58:49 »
Unsuccessfully, it would appear.
   Not only does not have the C word after AC; it doesn't have the C word at all. Customers, who can choose between Mk VI GTs, Mk VI GT BIG BLOCKs, Mk VI GTSs and Mk VI GTSRs, get an 'AC', not an 'AC C****'.

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