Why hire an AC Cobra

An AC Cobra Hire gives you the chance to drive the classic sports car of your dreams. It has the raucous sound of a tuned V8,  the proper V8 burble when it’s ticking over, and the striking looks and power of an exciting and legendary classic sports car.

You’ll enjoy an exhilarating driving experience behind the wheel of this iconic car as you thunder round Yorkshires’ amazing driving roads. Just watch the heads turn.

Buy a classic car hire gift token for that special person and they’ll be thrilled. Its undeniable wow factor also makes our Cobra a popular self-drive wedding car.

Pick up point for the AC Cobra is Keighley

Experience driving an AC Cobra

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Pick up point for the AC Cobra is Keighley

Hire our Cobra from £198 to £295 per day

AC Cobra hire

With its stainless steel side exhausts, full chromework, Halibrand style wheels and racing roundels, the AC Cobra for hire in Yorkshire is an awesome automobile. It has a 3.5 litre Rover engine, Holley 4 barrel carburettor, Offenhauser inlet manifold and 4 into 1 exhausts.

Finished in metallic blue with the classic double white stripe, cream leather interior and blue piping, this is a beautiful car that attracts much admiration. It comes with a hood and side screens in case of wet weather, but is generally driven with the top down.

The Cobra we have for hire is a replica. There were only about 1,000 AC Cobras ever made, so originals are very rare, sought after and priced accordingly. You are unlikely to get to drive a real one unless you win the lottery!

Our AC Cobra isn’t insured for track days, you can only hire it for the road.

 

History of the AC Cobra

In the early 1960s famous American racing driver and Le Mans winner Carroll Shelby was inspired to build a car that would beat the Ferraris and Corvettes in North American and European racing. In particular he wanted a car to win the Le Mans 24 hours, the most famous sports car race in the world.

He looked for a car to base his project on and saw the AC Ace, a British sports car with aluminum body, ladder frame chassis and Ford Zephyr 2600 cc engine. Ford of America joined the project by supplying a Ford 289 ci V8 which AC fitted to the Ace without too much difficulty, and the Cobra was born.

Whilst the AC Cobra wasn’t a terribly sophisticated car when compared with cars like Ferrari or Porsche, the formula certainly worked in US racing. The Cobra dominated the American USRRC series, only losing one race in 3 years.

In European racing speeds were higher and aerodynamics were more important and it took a little longer to become successful. During the 1960’s the Mulsanne straight at Le Mans was an 8 mile long straight, so 200mph was the norm. The first time the Cobra went there they found that because of it’s aerodynamics (or lack of them), when they got to 160 mph the rear wheels lifted off the ground. The drivers complained about it, not because it was unbelievably dangerous, but having the rear wheels in the air limited top speed and they couldn’t go fast enough! Perhaps health and safety was different in those days.

The solution was the coupe version which won Le Mans in 1965 and the FIA GT series in 1966, achieving Carroll Shelby’s original plan of winning European racing for America.

Like many other motor racing stories, despite being one of most iconic and distinctive cars ever made, it was not successful financially. The AC Cobra was produced for six years, between 1961 and 1967, for both race track and the road, before moving into legend.

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Specifications

Technical

Engine

3.5 litre V8 engine, mildly tuned with a Holley 4 barrel carburettor, Offenhauser inlet manifold and 4 into 1 exhausts.

Top Speed

Estimated 120 MPH.

Power (BHP)

Estimated 180-190 BHP.

MPG

Approximately 25 mpg.

Gearbox

5 speed manual.

Brakes

4 power assisted discs.

Functional

Type

2 door, 2 seater soft top.

Luggage Space

Boot is a good size for this type of car, but is still on the small side. No space behind seats.

Colour

Metallic blue with cream leather upholstery and blue piping.

Weather Protection

Manual hood with side screens.

In Car Entertainment

Radio, but the exhaust sounds so much better!

Sat Nav

Socket for sat nav.

Hire a Cobra as a gift

Gift vouchers available for that special person in your life.

Prices – Select the option that suits you best

No single price suits everyone, so Classic Car Hire North gives you a choice of packages

All Day Hire

09:00 – 20:00

£275

Additional days £225 per day

Prices include 200 miles per day

The All Day option is ideal for those who want a tour of the Dales, Moors or even the Lake District.  The generous mileage limit of 200 miles will even get you to and from the East coast.  The majority of people do around 170 miles when they hire a car for 1 day, and don’t incur excess mileage charges.

24 Hour Hire

Return within 24 hours

£295

Additional days £225 per day

Prices include 200 miles per day

The 24 hour option is evening to evening and suits those who are planning an overnight stay.

Weekend Package

Saturday 09:00 to Sunday 20:00

£465

Price includes 300 miles

The weekend option lets you take a relaxing weekend, with enough miles included to stay in either the Lake District, or the Yorkshire coast.

2 Day Mid Week Package

Tuesday 09:00 to Wednesday 20:00

or

Wednesday 9:00 to Thursday 20:00

£395

Price includes 300 miles

The 2 day midweek option provides a lower price for those who have time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays for a leisurely 2 day break.

Extras

All prices include insurance for 1 driver

Additional drivers £20 per day per driver

Picnic for 2 can be added at £35

Excess mileage charge £0.95 per mile

Security deposit £950

The security deposit is not taken until you pick the car up, and is done as a pre-authorisation on your card. This means that no money is actually taken, it just authorises us to take up to that amount in the unlikely event that the car is damaged during your hire.

Driver Insurance Requirements

Driver minimum age 30, maximum age 65

In general, drivers need to have had:

  • a full licence for 2 years or more
  • no more than 6 penalty points on their licence
  • no more than 1 claim in the past three years
  • no mental or physical problems which affect their ability to drive

If you have any queries please contact us.

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