1998 AC Cobra Superblower

1998 AC Cobra Superblower

AC has thirty six years association with the Superblower and its illustrious predecessor, the Cobra – one of the best known models in the lexicon of classic sports cars. The Cobra is a by-word for fast, muscular motoring and for many years in its original guise was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the worlds fastest production car. Now in its latest reincarnation, the AC Superblower – powered by a supercharged 5.0 litre V8 engine – still combines mighty power with unique and distinctive body styling.

Conceived more than 40 years ago from the original AC Ace, the all-aluminium body continues to be hand crafted using the original tooling and retains the enduring good looks which have found it favour with a loyal circle of driving enthusiasts around the world.

The Superblower’s interior is trimmed with finest English leather and deep pile wool carpeting. Superblower motoring has more to do with muscle-power than creature comfort, however. When the Cobra was originally conceived it developed a well-earned reputation for delivering the ultimate in performance. Over the years increasing regulatory constraints diminished that raw power to a point where – before AC Car Group came into being in 1996 – the car was a pale imitation of its former self.

Today’s Superblower has changed all that, and – through the introduction of supercharging – has restored this motoring icons extremes of power, putting 320 entirely useable bhp at the driver’s disposal. Top speed is 155 mph and Superblower delivers a 0 to 60 mph time of a blistering 4.2 seconds.

Along with the new engine package comes a re-designed retro-look interior. This features new circular Smiths instruments, mounted on a central binnacle, new seats and new carpeting. There is a warning light cluster in front of the driver and a new steering wheel. There is a stylish, hand-tooled aluminium gear knob and the startling yellow show car features a colour-coordinated instrument binnacle. The Superblower is priced from £69,795.

Story by AC Car Group Limited, Press release October 20th 1998


Speedometer, tachometer, clock, oil pressure gauge, oil temperature gauge, water temperature gauge, fuel gauge, voltmeter, handbrake/brake fluid level warning light, main beam warning light, indicator warning light, low fuel warning light, oil pressure warning light and ignition warning light.


Hood and tonneau, driver’s side roll-over bar, dual catalyst exhaust system, oil cooler, leather interior, radio cassette, electric aerial, fully carpeted boot and alloy wheels.


Alarm system, mohair hood/tonneau, painted stripes, painted wheel centres, three eared spinners (set of four), stainless steel sidevents, windwings, perspex sun visors, CD multichanger. See more images here

In Detail

price $$£69,795.
engineSupercharged Ford V8
positionFront Longitudinal
fuel feedElectronic fuel injection
displacement4942 cc / 301.6 in³
bore101.6 mm / 4.0 in
stroke76.2 mm / 3.0 in
power238.6 kw / 320.0 bhp @ 5700 rpm
specific output64.75 bhp per litre
bhp/weight275.86 bhp per tonne
torque521.99 nm / 385.0 ft lbs @ 3750 rpm
body / frameAluminum ovcr Tubular Steel Ladder-Type Frame
front tires225/50VR x 16
rear tires255/50VR x 16
front brakesVenetd Discs w/Servo Assist
f brake sizemm / in
rear brakesVenetd Discs w/Servo Assist
r brake sizemm / in
front wheelsF 40.6 x 17.8 cm / 16.0 x 7 in
rear wheelsR 40.6 x 20.3 cm / 16 x 8 in
steeringRack & Pinion
f suspensionUnequal Wishbones w/Tube Dampers, Coil Springs
r suspensionUnequal Wishbones w/Tube Dampers, Coil Springs
curb weight1160 kg / 2557 lbs
wheelbase2285 mm / 90.0 in
front track1409 mm / 55.5 in
rear track1485 mm / 58.5 in
length4200 mm / 165.4 in
width1746 mm / 68.7 in
height1200 mm / 47.2 in
transmissionBorg Warner T50D 5-Speed Manual
gear ratios:1
top speed~249.4 kph / 155.0 mph
0 – 60 mph~4.2 seconds