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AC Cars

Founded by John Weller and John Portwine in 1904, AC began manufacturing basic commercial vehicles until the release of the 1908 AC Sociable. The company experienced immense difficulty in the 1920's, including the founders leaving and being liquidated in 1929. But somehow they managed to survive for the next 30 years, manufacturing a 3 wheeled invalid car to help remain a viable concern. But the masterpieces were to come in the 1950's, with the release of the Ace and fearsome Ford V8 powered Cobra.

Also see: The History of AC Cars (AUS Edition)
AC Ace

AC Ace

1953 - 1963
After World War 2 AC Cars of Thames Ditton England came back into the market by releasing the two liter range in 1947. But it was not until 1953 when the company released the Ace Sportscar, that its reputation was made. The inspiration of this car was clearly Ferrari Barchetta, with the results showing an extremely pretty, open two seater with an alloy body, as well as independent transverse leaf spring suspension. More >>
AC Cobra 427  

AC Cobra 427

1953 - 1963
The idea of putting American engines into European chassis was nothing new. You could go back in history and find early examples of Railtons from the 1930s and Allards of the 1940s and early 1950s to see the formula being used. In the 1960s the ultimate interpretation came in the form of the 427 AC Cobra. At the time, the Cobra was generally considered to be the fastest-accelerating road car ever built. More >>
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