1988 BRA 427 AC Shelby Cobra Replica

Lot: 320

Sold for (£): 15,688
Offered for sale is a 4.0L 1988 BRA 427 AC Shelby Cobra Replica manual that has been with the current owner for the last 17 years. Coming with a partial history file, this lot's condition scores 90 / 135.

Classic Car Auctions says:

Owned by the current vendor for 17 years, this 1988 BRA 427 is presented in stunning Azure blue metallic with Old english white stripes and contrasting full beige/magnolia leather interior finished with blue piping, and Willans ‘E' marked full harness seatbelts. 

This car has bespoke full wet weather gear, hood, side screens and full tonneau in quality navy mohair by ‘Don Trimming' of Birmingham

A Rover 3952cc all alloy unit is fitted with a 4-barrel Weber 500 carburettor on an Edelbrock ‘Performer' inlet manifold and a John Eales JE 101 Sports camshaft. 5 speed Rover manual gearbox, with Jaguar differential, brakes and running gear. 8" front wheels are shod with 235/60x15, and 10" rear wheels with 295/50x15 tyres - all Cooper Cobra ‘E' marked tyres.

The BRA 427 we are told uses a strong chassis of rectangular steel tube and one of the thicker GRP bodies styled in an authentic way replicating the deep body of the genuine 60's AC cars: Cobra Mk3 and the later AC 289.

Doncaster based Beribo Replica Automobiles supplied Cobra kits in the 80's and the wide-bodied 427 model BRA was developed by the talented Gerry Hawkridge of Hawk Cars fame. Unlike most Cobra replicas, the vendor informs us the BRA 427 has a spacious and comfortable 2" longer cockpit that can accommodate drivers up to 6'6" (2m) tall.

This car is taxed & Mot'd; correctly registered as a BRA 427 in 1988, using a 1970 Jaguar XJ donor.


Lot Details

Registration: Q366GDH RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Year: 1988 Engine size: 4.0L
Make: BRA Odometer reading (miles): 32000
Model: 427 AC Shelby Cobra Replica MOT expiry: 2015-07-25
Warranted: No Chassis number: 427030

Vendor Condition Report

Overall: 90 / 135


Bodywork: Glass:
Paint: Chrome:


Some chips and stonechips commensurate with age. Azure Blue metallic and Old English white stripes - looks stunning in sunlight.


Door-cards: Carpets:
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All interior has been replaced/retrimmed over the period of ownership.


Components: Starting:
Appearance: Running:


Rebuilt engine has covered 21000 miles (original engine was a 3.5).


Gears: Drive-shaft:


Can occasionally drop out of first gear on the 'over'run'. No problem under load or acceleration.

Running Gear

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All tyres have 6-7 mm tread.


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Immobiliser installed.

Vehicle History


22 MoT certificates present. 

The car has provided great comfort and reliability on 7 touring holidays in France and many more in the UK, during my 17+ years of ownership.

About the Condition Report

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Poor Numerous faults / Extensive damage / Many missing parts / Project or donor car
Fair Basic condition / Requires attention mechanically & cosmetically / Some damage / Some missing parts
Good Every-day useable classic car / Driven & enjoyed / Commensurate with age & mileage / Drives and looks as it should / Some vehicle history
Very good Almost pristine / Mechanically & cosmetically sound / Driven only occasionally / Extensive vehicle history
Excellent Pristine / Original / Documented nut & bolt ground-up restoration / Stored professionally / Trailered only / Complete vehicle history