- AC MK VI

The AC MK VI is the newest iteration of AC's classic Ace/Cobra sports car. The MK VI was introduced on April 16, 2009 at the Top Marques car show in Monaco and is the first version of the vehicle not to be built in England, the first to use a V8 engine not manufactured by Ford, the first to be available in a coupé version that was not designed specifically for racing and the first version to feature gullwing doors in its coupé form. The vehicle will be manufactured by Gullwing GmbH in Heyda, Germany, the company is also responsible for the design of the coupe version's roof structure and gullwing doors. The vehicle will "wear" an aluminium-hybrid body mounted onto a fully triangulated, jig welded roundtube spaceframe chassis to maximize strength and minimizing weight while still keeping production costs reasonable. Power will come from a specially tuned, 6.2 litre LS3 Corvette engine making 437 bhp (326 kW) in "GT" trim and 647 bhp (482 kW) in "GTS" trim, which is said to meet [read more...]

- AC Frua

AC Frua Manufacturer AC Cars Production 1965–1973 81 made Class Coupé Convertible Engine 7 litre V-8 Transmission 4-speed manual 3 speed automatic Wheelbase 95 in (2,413 mm) Length 176 in (4,470 mm) Width 68 in (1,727 mm) Height 49 in (1,245 mm) Curb weight 3,150 lb (1,430 kg) Designer Pietro Frua The AC Frua or AC 428 is a British GT built by AC Cars from 1965 to 1973. With an Italian body, British chassis, and American big block V-8 it is a true hybrid. It is also extremely rare, with only 81 cars built in total: 49 coupés (known as fastbacks), 29 convertibles, and 3 special bodied. The Frua is often confused with the very similar looking Pietro Frua designed Maserati Mistral. However, only the front quarter windows and door handles are shared. The convertible version of the car featured in the final series of The Avengers where it was driven by both the characters John Steed and Tara King. History The Frua is built on an AC Cobra 427 Mark [read more...]

- AC 3000ME

AC 3000ME Production launched 1973 finally available for sale 1979-1984 Body style 2-door mid-engined sports car Engine 2994 cc V6 Transmission 5-speed manual all-symchromesh Wheelbase 90.5 in (2299 mm) Length 157 in (3988 mm) (saloon) Width 65 in (1651 mm) Height 45 in (1143 mm) The AC 3000ME is a British built and designed sports car that was launched at the 1973 London Motor Show in 1973 and offered for sale by AC Cars between 1979 and 1984. Despite a modern design and a favourable press reception, it was launched in the wake of a massive oil price surge and development was delayed by supplier problems. It was not a commercial success. Origins The 1970s were not a good period for luxury car manufacturers and AC Managing Director W Derek Hurlock went searching for a totally new smaller car. Mid-engined designs were in fashion at the time and in 1972 the Diabolo, a prototype with an Austin Maxi engine and transaxle was built by privateers Peter [read more...]

- AC Aceca

Aceca Manufacturer AC Cars Production 1954–1963 Class Grand tourer Engine 2.0 or 2.6 L I6 Transmission 4-speed manual Wheelbase 90 in (2286 mm) Length 153.5 in (3899 mm) Width 61 in (1549 mm) Curb weight 2120 lb (962 kg) The Aceca (pronounced "A-See-Ka") is a closed coupé from the British AC Cars company, produced from 1954 until 1963. The car originally had an AC engine but the similar Bristol-engined Aceca-Bristol was also available alogside the original from 1956 to 1963 when production of the engine ceased. A few cars were built from 1961 to 1963 with a 2553 cc tuned Ford Zephyr engine and sold as the Aceca 2.6. Based on the open two seat AC Ace, the Aceca was a hand-built grand tourer in the British tradition, with ash wood and steel tubing used in their construction. One notable feature was the hatchback at the rear, making the Aceca only the second car, after the 1953 Aston Martin DB2/4, to incorporate this element. 151 Acecas, 169 [read more...]

- AC Greyhound

AC Greyhound Manufacturer AC Cars Production 1959–1963 83 made Class Coupé Engine 2.0/2.2/2.5 litre I6 Transmission 4-speed manual Wheelbase 100 in (2540 mm) Length 175 in (4445 mm) Width 65.5 in (1664 mm) Height 53 in (1346 mm) Curb weight 2185 lb (991 kg) The AC Greyhound (1959-1963) was a 2+2 version of the Ace and Aceca automobiles made by AC Cars of Thames Ditton, Surrey, England. The Greyhound, of which 83 examples were built, had a two-door, four-seater aluminium body, and inherited most of the technical components of the Ace and Aceca: ladder-frame chassis independent coil spring suspension front and rear. Unlike the Ace and Aceca the rear suspension used semi-trailing arms. 4-speed manual gearbox, overdrive optional rack and pinion steering; 11.75 in (298 mm) disc brake front, 11 in (279 mm) drum brake rear Various straight-six engines were fitted: 1.991-litre AC Cars OHC (75 bhp @ 4500 rpm; 1000 kg) 1.971-litre Bristol 100D2 [read more...]

- Shelby Series 1

Shelby Series 1 Manufacturer Carroll Shelby International Production 1998—2005 Assembly Las Vegas, Nevada Successor Shelby Mustang (2006) Class Luxury Muscle Car Layout Front engine, rear wheel drive Engine 4.0L V8 DOHC 32 valves (4 per cylinder) Transmission 6-speed manual Length 4,292 mm (169.0 in) Width 1,943 mm (76.5 in) Height 1,194 mm (47.0 in) Curb weight 1,202 kg (2,650 lb) Shelby Series 1 was a high-performance roadster designed by Carroll Shelby and produced by Shelby American. It was powered by Oldsmobile's 4.0 L L47 Aurora V8 DOHC engine. It has 320 hp (324 PS) at 6500 rpm, 290 lb-ft at 5000 rpm and will do 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 4.4 seconds and records 12.8 seconds in the quarter mile at 112 mph (180 km/h). Top speed is 170 mph (273.5 km/h) 15 mph (24 km/h) faster than the 427 Shelby Cobra. The 1998 car weighed 1,202 kg (2,650 lb). The Series 1 is the only car ever produced by Carroll Shelby from a clean sheet of [read more...]

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