AC Cars


May 4, 2015 By Mike Lee
Last updated on May 4, 2015

AC  LogoBrief History About AC Cars

AC Cars – A British manufacturer established in 1901 by the Weller Brothers. Car production then began in 1903 with various cars (including a 3 wheeler) being produced and export of the cars to the USA started in 1937. In 1953 the familiar AC Ace was produced, which was designed by John Tojeiro.

In 1962 Carroll Shelby fits a small block Ford V8 in the Ace to go against the Corvette race cars. In 1964 a big block 390 V8 is fitted, after that a completely new chassis is needed, along with the well known 427 V8 to compete against Ferrari. A 70mph speed limited is imposed on UK motorways due to a 183mph test session prior to Le Mans on the unrestricted M1 motorway. The Cobra name is sold to Ford in 1965. In 1966 unused competition cars are sold to the public as Cobra 427 S/C (S/C = Semi-Competition). Several types of cars are built with various engines and owners of the company over the next few years.

Ac Ace
Ace 1953-1963 & 1994-2001

Ac 289 Cobra
Cobra MkI 1962-1963, MkII 1963-1965 & MkIII 1965-1968

Ac Cobra CRS
Cobra MkIV 1982-2002

Ac ME3000
3000ME 1979-1985