AC 289 Cobra Chassis No. 6101 Part 1: Classic Restoration and Precision Metalwork

AC 289 Cobra Chassis No. 6101 Part 1: Classic Restoration and Precision Metalwork

Posted January 9, 2024

As one of the UK’s leading classic car restoration companies, we are trusted by our clients to recreate their cars to their exact specifications. We were approached by a client to complete the body of an original AC Cobra, while preserving the original condition of the car.

This particular classic, COB6101, was the first of the last series of Cobras, the Mark III/289. They were built with the coil-sprung 427 chassis, the narrow-hip 427 body style, a Ford 289 cubic-inch high performance engine and was supplied with 6 1/2-inch wire wheels. A total of 25 cars were manufactured at AC’s Thames Ditton factory, the COB6101 being one of the 18 built with RHD.

Envisage’s precision metalwork site at Quinn Close were charged with making modifications to the shape of the Cobra. The wheel arches have been reshaped to section templates by using a small sand bag and pear shaped wooden mallet, once the shape was correct they were planished smooth using a hand weight and spoon. This is how we achieve a fuller crown to match sections taken from the original car scan data. The body has been gapped and profiled, the doors, boot, and bonnet have been checked and reworked to have a constant gap and flush condition to the body.

As the car is regarded as original and untouched; it was vital to the owner that the restoration work done would preserve the cars heritage and after speaking to multiple companies, the owner chose Envisage Group as their partner stating that Envisage stood out above other companies, making them feel comfortable and confident with the solutions offered.

Once the body work has been carried out at Quinn Close the car will be transported to the Paint Technology department at Doyle Drive where it will undergo its paint transformation and the interiors will be re-trimmed at our in-house Trim Studio.

As one of the UK’s leading classic car restoration companies, we are trusted by OEM’s, start-ups and car collectors to produce high-quality work. For more information regarding classic restoration and precision metalwork please contact us.

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