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1964 AC Cobra - Amelia Island Concours 2010
1964 AC Cobra - Amelia Island Concours 2010


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The AC Cobra triggered thousands of imitations and it was Carroll Shelby who began it all. In 1961, he met with the Hurlocks brothers at AC -- who were then producing the six-cylinder AC Ace -- and proposed the idea of using Ford's lightweight and compact V8 in the car. AC jumped at the chance and in 1962 production began. At first, Shelby installed the 260ci (4.3-litre) but only the first 75 cars had this engine. In 1963 Shelby switched to the 289ci (4.7-litre) V8 and changed the steering to rack and pinion. The result in this lightweight roadster was sensational. The Cobra was the fastest accelerating car in the 1960s, but required nerves of steel because of the basic twin tube chassis. Its saving features were all-round independent wishbone suspension and large disc brakes. The bare essentials inside the roadster kept weight well under a ton and 100mph (160km/h) could be reached in just 14 seconds.

Specifications:
Top speed: 140 mph (224 km/h)
0-60 mph: 5.5 sec
Engine type: V8
Displacement: 289 ci (4.735 cc)
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Max power: 271 bhp (202 kW) @ 5,750 rpm
Max torque: 285 lb ft (386 Nm) @ 4,500 rpm
Weight: 2,024 lb (920 kg)
Economy: 15 mpg (5.3 km/l)

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