Sports Car Digest has an extensive library of automotive magazines from the 1950s through present day. We think you know why, but we keep these decaying magazines for reference, nostalgia and to torment ourselves about the cars in the classified advertisements.
If you are like us, we’re sure that you have also dreamt of travelling back into time with money to spend on cars. But alas, we cannot. Therefore, in what will become a semi-regular painful exercise for Sports Car Digest and its readers, we will feature the deals that got away and the asking prices that may make you weep.
We will begin this therapeutic journey with an A.C. Cobra 427 S/C found in the January 1974 Road & Track with a $10,000 asking price. Offered for sale well before Cobra replicas existed, this is one of the 31 competition cars that were slightly detuned and made street legal, thus called S/C for semi-competition.
Today, within the Cobra hierarchy, the S/C series are second only to full competition in terms of price. For reference, the September – December 2008 Cars That Matter price guide suggests a $1,500,000 – $1,900,000 for the A.C. Cobra 427 S/C.
To put that into perspective, had you actually purchased it in 1974, your $10,000 Cobra would have appreciated at roughly 17% annualized over 34 years. Not bad for something you can drive and enjoy.
If you have a classified ad you would like featured, please email a scan of the ad to [email protected]. Further, please feel free to share your tear-jerking or blissful (if you bought and held) stories with us via e-mail or the comments section below.