A Unique Build For Boyd Coddington
This was the first Boyd Coddington built AC Cobra, completed by Hot Rods by Boyd in 1989. This was the one and only AC Cobra built by Boyd Coddington’s Garage. The objective was to fabricate the nicest Cobra ever. To conceive, >draw and fabricate to the exacting specs took over five years of diligent work and approximately $400,000 to Complete. The Cobra accompanies each receipt of the entire process collected from Hot Rods by Boyd, and Boyd himself signed many of those receipts. The body is an original Cobra body imported from England with additional custom work by Boyd, (giving it the “Boyd Look”) after it landed from across the pond. The Cobra includes new wheels that were added in 2005, designed by Boyd Coddington Jr. and built by Boyd Coddington Wheels in La Habra.
The Cobra is painted Boyd Red and the motor is a 427 side oiler. A tech 3 Fuel Injection framework with Webber style singular throttle bodies and distributorless start was likewise added by Boyd Coddington’s Garage in 2005, which replaced the first eight Webber carburetors. The Cobra has roughly 200 miles and is in new condition all around.
Barrett Jackson put it on the auction block in Palm Beach Florida 1n 2010 where the lucky bidder purchased it for $184,000.00
A Note About The Original 1965 Cobra
The original Cobra began production on January 1st, 1965. Two prototypes were sent to the US in October of 1964. A total of 300 cars were sent to Shelby in the USA from 1965 to 1966. A new chassis was built using 4-in main chassis tubes instead of the previous 3-in. It had coil springs on all 4 sides, wider fenders, and a larger opening for the radiator. The original Ford 427 side oiler motor was fitted in the compartment and rated at 425 hp.
Although an extraordinary vehicle, the car was a financial catastrophe. To cut cost, most Cobra 427s were fitted with a Ford 428ci engine, a longer stroke, smaller bore proposed for street use.