Automotive seller Clive Sutton to be taken to court docket by AC Vehicles over alleged Cobra trademark infringement – Automotive Seller Journal

AC Vehicles is taking London-based luxurious automobile seller Clive Sutton to court docket over its duplicate Cobra sports activities automobiles to ‘shield its model’. 

The British automobile firm primarily based in Hethel, Norfolk, are taking Clive Sutton Ltd to the Excessive Courtroom over trademark infringement.

Dealership Clive Sutton, which specialises in lots of new and used imported American automobiles, has disputed the declare.


In accordance with the Jap Every day Press, the seller launched an announcement that stated: ‘Clive Sutton Ltd is a luxurious automobile seller, which specialises within the import of American automobiles, together with these engineered by Superformance.

‘Of those, we’re very happy with the MKII Slab Slide RHD, MKIII RHD and MKIIIR, which replicate the legendary Shelby Cobras which terrorized the race tracks within the Sixties.

‘We’re conscious that Acedes and AC Vehicles have commenced trademark infringement proceedings towards us to be used of the SHELBY COBRA trademark in relation to those automobiles.

‘We think about the declare to be with out advantage and will likely be vigorously defending it. As proceedings are ongoing, it could be inappropriate to remark any additional.’


AC Vehicles makes continuation fashions of the long-lasting Cobra with an electrified model additionally introduced in 2020 (pictured above).

In an announcement from the carmaker, David Conza, CEO of AC Vehicles, stated: ‘These automobiles are imitations, and on no account related with Acedes Holdings and AC Vehicles.

‘We’ll shield our model and our clients from imitation automobiles and fakes, and can proceed to problem any who try and move merchandise off as professional Cobras.’

Alan Lubinsky, chairman of AC Vehicles added: ‘AC Vehicles is Britain’s oldest automobile producer however over time many firms and people have tried to airbrush it out of the Cobra’s story.

‘They imagine that they’ll lay declare to the identify by creating imitation automobiles, however this isn’t the case and we are going to at all times pursue those who assault our heritage.’

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