The original AC was a delicate, pretty little thing. Bristol contributed the straight-six engine, which everyone agreed offered just enough performance not to upset the unusually well-balanced chassis and the steel-tubed chassis was draped with aluminium panels that had been hand-formed on an English wheel. It was thoroughly British, and all the better for it.
And then the Americans came along, with Carroll Shelby asking AC if it could modify it to accommodate a thundering Ford V8 under the bonnet. We imagine a shudder of epic proportions ran through the company – and maybe even the odd drop of spilled tea - but, being British and therefore polite to a fault, they said yes.
The result was brutal. With almost unmatched acceleration, a top speed of over 150mph, and handling that can best be summed up as ‘iffy’ the public loved it.
And, despite being out of production for 50 years, demand for the Cobra is higher now than it was when it was still being made, which means various kit car manufacturers have unleashed a huge number of replicas, which vary from the sublime to the vulgar.
Dax is one of the most respected of the bunch and easily the best known having turned out a reasonable number of very well-engineered tributes. This means that there is a wide knowledge base out there, a good supply of parts and spares, and a ready market for the finished article.
Which is handy, because we’ve got a rather nice one here for you here.