- AC 3000ME
finally available for sale 1979-1984
2-door mid-engined sports car
2994 cc V6
5-speed manual all-symchromesh
90.5 in (2299 mm)
157 in (3988 mm) (saloon)
65 in (1651 mm)
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.
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 Ace
2.0 L I6/2.6 L
4-speed manual (With overdrive available)
90 in (2286 mm)
152 in (3861 mm)
59.5 in (1511 mm)
49 in (1245 mm)
1920 lb (871 kg)
AC Ace was a car made by AC Cars of Thames Ditton, England.
AC came back to the market after the Second World War with the staid Two-litre range of cars in 1947, but it was with the Ace sports car of 1953 that the company really made its reputation in the post war years. Casting around for a replacement for the ageing Two litre, AC took up a design by John Tojeiro that used a light ladder type tubular frame, all independent transverse leaf spring suspension, and an open two seater alloy body that was made using English wheeling machines, possibly inspired by the Ferrari Barchetta of the day.
Early cars used AC's elderly two [read more...]
- Shelby Daytona
The Shelby Daytona Coupe (also referred to as the Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe) was a coupé based loosely on the AC Cobra roadster chassis and drive-train. It was built for auto racing, specifically to take on Ferrari in the GT class. Just six Daytona original coupes were built between 1964 and 1965. Shelby was reassigned to the Ford GT40 project after that to go compete at the 24 hours of Le Mans, again to beat Ferrari. Pete Brock designed the Daytona's aerodynamic bodywork, while Bob Negstad designed the car's suspension. Negstad also designed the chassis and suspension for the GT40 and the CSX 3000 series Shelby Cobra, often referred to as the "coil-Spring Cobra" chassis. Due to its slippery shape, with the same Ford 289 drive-train and chassis as the 289 Cobra roadster it was much faster at top speed.
1964 12 Hours of Sebring (GT class win, Dave MacDonald/Bob Holbert)
1964 24 Hours of Le Mans (GT class win, Dan Gurney/Bob Bondurant)
1964 RAC Tourist Trophy
1965 [read more...]
- AC Frua
7 litre V-8
3 speed automatic
95 in (2,413 mm)
176 in (4,470 mm)
68 in (1,727 mm)
49 in (1,245 mm)
3,150 lb (1,430 kg)
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.
The Frua is built on an AC Cobra 427 Mark [read more...]
- Shelby GLHS
3-door hatchback (1987)
5-door hatchback (1986)
2.2 L Turbo I I4
5-speed A525 manual
The Shelby GLHS was a limited production sport compact automobile from the mid 1980s. The main differentiator of these cars from their regular Dodge versions was their use of what would become the intercooled Turbo II engine as well as Shelby Centurian wheels and Koni Adjustable shocks/struts, and changes to the alignment.
The '1986 Shelby GLH-S' was a modified Dodge Omni GLH, with all changes made at the Shelby factory. They were retitled as Shelby Automobiles cars sold at select Dodge dealerships. GLH stood for "Goes Like Hell" and GLHS stood for Goes Like Hell Som'more. Just 500 were made.
Edit: The GLH-S originally [read more...]
- Dax Cars
Dax Cars is a British sports car manufacturer founded in 1968 and based in Harlow, Essex, England.
The company, whose official name is D.J. Sportscars International Ltd, started as a fibreglass moulding company before becoming the first British company to make a kit based replica of the AC 427 Cobra .
In 1985 John Tojeiro, the original designer of the AC Ace chassis became a director of the company and the car was renamed the Dax Tojeiro. The Tojeiro has undergone continuous development and in 2008 was available with a choice of rear suspension and can accommodate most American V8 and Jaguar engines including the V12. Automatic or manual transmission can be used and power steering is another option. A leather trimmed interior kit is available.
The company also produce the Rush, a Lotus 7 type car. The main kit is based around the Ford Sierra and can even use the four wheel drive system from the Sierra 4x4. For extreme performance large V8 engines can also be fitted. [read more...]