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AC Cobra

  • The AC Cobra fits a wide range of tyres, the original fitment was a 185-15, alternatively a 205/70-15 could be fitted.
  • The original tyres for a standard AC Cobra would be a 185 VR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67 . It is a perfectly high performance period tyre that can handle the power and give progressive handling.
  • For these tyres we recommend the Michelin 15F inner tube.
  • The best road tyres for an AC Cobra with wide wheels would be 205/70 R 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN12 or 215/70 WR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN12 on the front and the 255/60 WR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN12 on the rear. After all this is what the Lamborghini Miura fitted to it's SV models.
  • The AVON CR6ZZ series offers a wide range of road/race tyres, developed as a classic race tyre, offering progressive handling in all weather conditions.
  • B F GOODRICH RADIAL T/A TYRES have the icionic raised white lettering, typically suiting muscle cars from the 60's and 70's, also popular on AC Cobras with 15" wide wheels.
  • For the Cobra owner with 16" wheels, these Michelin Pilot Sport tyres offer a perfect fit.
  • If you are unsure about which inner tube you need, or whether or not your tyres require an inner tube, see our handy Inner Tube Guide for more information.

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Today a large portion of the Cobra's out there have over sized rims and extremely powerful engines, which makes people want to fit wider rear tyres. Until recently this need has been satisfied by the range of tall side-walled road race tyres in the Avon CR6ZZ series, which are excellent and offer an range of options dependent on rim size. However these are not really ideal as road tyres.

History of the AC Cobra

The AC Cobra first came together in autumn 1961, thanks to Carroll Shelby. It comprised of an AC Ace chassis with a huge Ford V8 and a robust Salisbury back axle. The first 75 cars were equipped with a 4.2 litre engine, and the first 125 with Ace-type worm-and sector steering. From the beginning of 1963 a 4.7 litre engine and rack and pinion steering became normal.

Cobra AC Tyres AC Cobra Racing Team at Laguna Seca
In just a few years the Cobra had been honed enough to allow the team to win the 1964 World GT Championship, beating such powerful names as the Ferrari 250GTO, and the lightweight Jaguar E-type. 1965 saw some vital changes for the AC Cobra. Firstly the transverse leaf springs were replaced by a coil-spring and double-wishbone layout. Secondly, and arguably the most dramatic transition the Cobra would face, was the replacement of the 4.7 litre engine to a 7-litre Ford Galaxie based V8. This produced a staggering 345bhp at 4,600rpm, all this in a car just over 1000kg!

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There was much confusion as to what the name of the car should be. AC insisted the car be called AC, however Shelby badged and marketed it as the Shelby American Cobra. Later and even more confusingly the car was known as the Ford Cobra! Production of the AC Cobra was suspended in 1968, after which AC produced a long wheelbase version (the AC 428, which was also equipped Frua coachwork). The last of these was produced in 1973. However under new management in 1983 the car was re-introduced due to popular demand, the Cobra was now fitted with a 5 litre V8. The Cobras now produced are merely recreations of the original car, with the exception of the 'Superblower', which was fitted with a supercharger and produced 355bhp!

AC Cobra Tyres

AC Cobra Wheels

Borrani wheels are still available for your AC Cobra, as agents for the iconic Ruote Borrani Milano company we are able to supply all wheels from their extensive range.

If your AC Cobra Borrani wheels require rebuilding then please contact us at

Borrani Wheels for a AC Cobra

AC Cobra wheels made by Ruote Borrani Milano are, without doubt, the best wire wheels available. Borrani wheels utilise aluminium rims, steel spokes and steel wheel centres. AC wheels made by Borrani are available in the following styles

  • Painted silver finish, as per the racing wheels of the period
  • Polished and chrome finish, highly polished rim, chrome spokes & wheel centre
  • Painted finish with polished outer edge

AC Cobra Borrani

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