COB 6035 is one of the 45 Right Hand Drive Cobras, and is one of just a handful remaining in largely original condition, having never been subjected to the fashionable flares of the 1970s or poor restorations of the 1980s.
Originally finished in Bright Blue (the AC name for Guardsman Blue) over a red interior, the colours it wears today, and registered 1st January 1965 to Brendan Bowles of Glamorgan, Wales. The Cobra would be in his ownership for two years before it was replaced by a road specification GT40 (P/1013). Clearly a man of great taste and with a thirst for performance!
Purchased by Lord Dundas in 1967, it remained in his possession until being sold to its 3rd owner Kenneth Thaine via dealer Raymond Phillips. Mr Thaine would keep the Cobra for a further 12 years, when in 1973 he emigrated to Australia, taking COB 6035 with him. By 1975, the Cobra had been repainted yellow and retrimmed in black. Thaine would keep the car until in 1982 it was bought by Kevin Donnelan (Victoria, AST) who rebuilt the engine, powertrain, and suspension on the car.
In 1985 it was purchased by Geoff Burrowes, who registered it to his movie production company name Yenan Productions, and it even had a staring roll in the action movie Running from the Guns. In 1989 it was sold to Barry Batagol (Melbourne, AST) at which time the Cobra was sympathetically restored and repainted to its original colour and reupholstered. Barry actively used the car in road events before selling it in 1996 to Lance Dixon (AST).
It wasn’t until 2002 that COB 6035 would return home to England, when it was purchased by a well-known British AC collector who reunited it with is original UK registration, (Coincidently, a great friends of Pendine who we have sold Cobras for in the past!) In 2003 it was then purchased by another prominent collector.
Bought by the current owner in 2018, COB 6035 has been well looked after and the subject of on-going maintenance by Moto-Historics and most recently, prior to sale, RW Racing Services to ensure the car is in fine fettle.
Present with COB 6035 is its original weather gear and a sizeable history file, documentation from new, the original UK log book, an MOT record from 1971 as well as most Australian registration certificates and past invoices.
COB 6035 is an extremely rare example that boasts known ownership from new and remains largely as it left the factory with its original unmodified body, all the right numbers in all the right places and finished in the most desirable of all colour combinations.