One of the most often asked questions by the new builder is “which one is best”? There are many Cobra replica manufacturers out there all with a similar but different product with different characteristics and until the new builder has decided the order of priority of these characteristics then he will struggle to find the perfect replica for himself. As a new builder you have to ask yourself which is the most important to you, road holding? Price? Originality? Will you be using the Cobra for Sunday afternoon driving? All year round trips? Track day only? Or a combination of any of these? It’s not until you have an idea in your mind what traits are important to you that you can start to narrow down your search for
the perfect AC COBRA replica. Once you have narrowed your search down to a couple of manufacturers, then arrange to visit the factories, most will only be too happy to give you a guided tour and talk you through the options available. Lastly don’t forget that different marques have different interior dimensions so try sitting in the driver’s seat of your chosen one before parting with your hard earned cash! Good Luck!
AK 427 Premium replica with a mid-range price that does most things well, takes Ford and Chevrolet small block engines as well as big block and Rover V8’s too. Based on Jaguar XJ6 suspension. A newer version, the gen 2, takes Jaguar XJ40 suspension and LS series engines.
CRENDON CR427sc Very faithful replica of the AC COBRA! Without a doubt one of the top marques in the cobra replica world but with a top end price too! Based on Jaguar XJ6 suspension.
DAX 427 Premium replica with a mid-range price that does most things well, takes Ford and Chevrolet small block engines as well as big block and Rover V8’s too. Based on Jaguar XJ6 suspension. Dax also do a De-Dion suspension version.
GARDNER DOUGLAS Premium replica with a slightly higher price than the AK or DAX that is very well suited to the track due to its excellent chassis. Takes Ford and Chevrolet small block engines but specialises in the Chevrolet LS series of lightweight powerful engines.
HAWK Another top end product with a price to match. Hawk cars can also supply the aluminium bodied Kirkham.
PILGRIM SUMO The budget replica out of the ones listed here but many people still make very fine examples of a cobra. Ford and Chevrolet small blocks are used as well as the Rover V8. Uses Ford running gear.
MADGWICK CARS (SRV8) A mid range replica with a mid range price. Uses the normal range of engines and Jaguar running gear.