AC Cobra factory built replica

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Pilgrim AC Cobra recreation

For those of our fans who prefer to keep their hands relatively clean why not have your dream Cobra Replica built at the Pilgrim Motorsports factory. Choose your specification, colour, trim combinations and allow us to build you the most cost effective Cobra replica available. You could be taking delivery in 10/12 weeks from today.

Factory Built Cobra :

Pilgrim Sumo Mk3
RHD & LHD Built to order
Body Type: Roadster
Engine size: 5700cc V8
Power: 300 bhp
Gearbox type: Manual (5 speed)
Colour: Any British Standard Colour or our recommended colours White, Blue, Green, Red, Black Gel coat.
Standard equipment:
Leather Interior, Fully Carpeted, Halibrand Replica Wheels with Spinners, Cobra Side Winder Pipes, Twin Roll Bars, Soft top and Side Screens, Wind Wings, Sun Visors.

From £55,000

on the road price

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Pilgrim are justifiably proud of their chassis, both design and strength. Following Pilgrim’s Mk1 Cobra Replica in 1997, which was built on a ladder frame chassis, we very quickly learned our lesson and, unlike many other kit manufacturers, promptly swapped to the much stronger, and far more rigid, box frame semi-monocoque design. This means that if you manage to park with one wheel on the curb, the flex in the chassis is not so great that you can’t open the doors.


At Pilgrim Motorsports we take your safety and welfare as one of our major priorities when developing and manufacturing any parts used in the build of our cars.
The need for change coincided with European uprising concerning the safety of cars in the event of side impact, and the birth of Volvo’s revolutionary side impact protection system which was first seen in 1991. You can note that Pilgrim have two steel bars running down the entire length of both driver and passenger doors.
The changes mean that Pilgrim now offer a semi-monocoque chassis with serious side impact protection at floor level, double side impact bars through both driver and passenger doors which are connected directly to Folded steel uprights on the chassis. If that were not enough, the 1.6mm fluted floors welded to the inner chassis rail act as a cushion in the event of an accident. In a nut shell, that equates to a combined 8mm of galvanised steel which flexes and gives in a way that leaves the passenger compartment well and truly intact. Two layer of 600gsm Glass Matt, resin and a dollop of gel-coat simply cannot compete, and that is only the side.

Deformable Crash Structure

Take a look at the front of our chassis. Note how the angles of the bottom rails have been carefully designed so that in the event of a head on collision, the entire front end of the car folds up, forcing the engine in an upward direction by way of the engine foot plates, as opposed to through the bulkhead whereby you could wind up with a few hundred pounds of V8 on your lap.
Steel bulkheads offer further protection, and just to make sure it does not rust out from under your feet, we have made it the norm to galvanise our chassis’ as part of the build and value
added package.
British and European standards

All our chassis’ are built on site by highly experienced welders using certified materials that conform to all British and European standards. Constructed on a tried and tested jig, every chassis produced is identical and guaranteed to meet the demands of every day driving
Our bodies are considered to be among the best in the business. Don’t just take our word for it, read the opening passages of the Haynes Manual for Kit Cars. The Gel-Coat finish* must always be considered a cheap alternative to Paint, but can be polished to a high gloss shine. Gel-Coat is only available in a small selection of colours (Black, White, Navy Blue, Red, Green), but these colour have been especially selected over the years to limit fading. Also available in a grey sanding gel finish, especially if you have painting in mind. Like our Chassis’, all our bodies are made in house by highly qualified and experienced Laminators, and all care and effort has gone into our unique layup formula to eliminate as many gel-coat finish problems as possible. With a Pilgrim Body you can rest assured that you are buying one of the best bodies in the business.

Pilgrim Cobra body making

Inside the laminating shop, all bodys and body panels are made at our factory.

The engine and 5 speed manual gearbox is lifted from the Rover SDi which, some of you may be aware, was originally developed by Buick in the USA. The entire engine and gearbox are then fully overhauled, with every last seal being replaced, by our magic engine supplier Jim Robinson of JRV8’s in Northern Ireland The engine arrives at our factory complete with all the trimmings, and ready for the key to be turned.
Delivering a standard 180bhp (min), and being fuelled by a 4 pot Edelbrock carburettor and inlet manifold, you will discover that the balance of power and handling to be spot on as you propel your way through the gears, and the pulsing heart of that V8 engine reverberates through the 3” Stainless Steel SidePipes, which are just a couple of feet away from your ears.
For just a few quid more, you can garnish your engine with a selection of chrome goodies including rocker covers, alternator and thermostat housing. If not, don’t worry, you get that big chrome air filter lid as standard.
Pilgrim Sumo V8

Standard fit 3.5 V8 waiting to be fitted to the next Pilgrim Sumo…

We don’t skimp on the interior either. Even our base model boasts fluted leather bucket seats, cushioned leather trimmed dashboard and door cards, and leather gear stick and handbrake gaiters, with piped edge carpets and a great variety of colours to choose from, we are pretty certain we can seat you in comfort. Alloy grips on the gear stick and handbrake and a wood riveted steering wheel all add a touch of class.

Our standard dashboard layout with 6 easy to read gauges, including the traditional Cobra Reverse wind speedo, allows you to keep track of all the important engine information. All driver controls are within easy reach, and as from The interior of your car is where your mind can run riot. Moving away from our standard options, we can add a leather tunnel top, contrast colour stitching, classic 60’s diamond stitching, different switch options and clashing or contrasting colours of leather or vinyl to suit your taste. With a host of exterior bright work to enhance the shine. Chrome and alloys to bring the period to life, and 15” Halibrand replica wheels sporting balloon tyres and topped off with shining centre spinners, the Pilgrim Cobra replica sits hunkered down in readiness for you to unleash the ultimate roar as you rev the engine… you have released the beast. 2016 all our cars will be fitted with the exclusive Pilgrim Cobra Start Button. We have also added a discreetly hidden 12v Auxiliary output for charging your phone or running your Sat Nav. Tucked neatly behind the dash board to steer nicely away from a modern accessory in your classic car.
Standard Equipment

  • Buick/Rover 3.5litre V8 Engine c/w Edelbrock Inlet manifold and 4 port Edelbrock Carburettor
  • 5 Speed Manual Gearbox
  • Galvanised Chassis
  • Independent Rear Suspension
  • Gel-coat body and panels available in 5 base colours
  • Stainless Steel 3” Side Pipe Exhaust System
  • Double Stainless Steel Roll Bars
  • Stainless Steel Front & Rear Nudge Bars c/w Over Riders
  • Chrome, Stainless Steel and Alloy exterior trim
  • Toughened Glass Wind Wings
  • Colour complementing Sun Visors
  • 15” Halibrand Replica Wheels c/w dummy centre spinners
  • Leather Seats & Interior Trim
  • Cockpit & Boot Carpeting
  • Traditional Reverse Wind 180MPH Speedo (300KPH for EU customers)
  • * 3 point EU type approved Seat Belts
  • IVA Tested, Taxed and Road Ready

Factory Options

  • 5.7 litre 350 Shortblock Chevrolet V8 (Tremec Gearbox)
  • Paint Finish
  • Racing Stripes
  • A host of interior options, including leather tunnel top, leather carpet wear patches, diamond stitching
  • GRP Hardtop c/w slide opening side windows

Address & Contact

Units 12-14
Mackley Industrial Estate,
Small Dole, Henfield
Nr Brighton, West Sussex,
Great Britain


Phone +44 (0)1273 493860

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