AC Cobra

AC Cobra
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AC Cobra MkIII
Overview
ManufacturerAC Cars
Shelby American[1][2][3]
Also calledAC Shelby Cobra
Shelby AC Cobra [4]
Shelby Cobra
AssemblyThames Ditton, Surrey, England
Los Angeles, California, US
Body and chassis
ClassSports car (S)
Body style2-door roadster
LayoutFR layout
Chronology
PredecessorAC Ace
SuccessorAC MK IV
MkI
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CSX2000 – The first Cobra completed by Shelby
Overview
Production1962–1963
Powertrain
Engine260 or 289 cu in (4.3 or 4.7 L) V8
Dimensions
Wheelbase90 in (2,286 mm)
Length151.5 in (3,848 mm)
Width61 in (1,549 mm)
Height49 in (1,245 mm)
Curb weight2,019 lb (916 kg)[5]
MkII
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MkII 289 (FIA Roadster)
Overview
Production1963–1965
Powertrain
Engine289 cu in (4.7 L) V8
Dimensions
Wheelbase90 in (2,286 mm)
Length151.5 in (3,848 mm)
Width61 in (1,549 mm)
Height49 in (1,245 mm)
Curb weight2,315 lb (1,050 kg)[6]
MkIII
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1966 AC Cobra 427 (North America)
Overview
Production1965–1967
Powertrain
Engine427 or 289 cu in (7.0 or 4.7 L) V8
Dimensions
Wheelbase90 in (2,286 mm)
Length156 in (3,962 mm)
Width68 in (1,727 mm)
Height48 in (1,219 mm)
Curb weight2,355 lb (1,068 kg)[7]

The AC Cobra, sold as the Shelby Cobra in the United States, is an Anglo-American sports car with a Ford V8 engine, produced intermittently in both the UK and the US since 1962.

History and development

Like many British manufacturers, AC Cars had been using the Bristol straight-6 engine in its small-volume production, including its AC Ace two-seater roadster. This had a hand-built body with a steel tube frame, and aluminium body panels that were made using English wheeling machines. The engine was a pre-World War II design by BMW which by the 1960s was considered dated. Bristol decided in 1961 to cease production of its engine and instead to use Chrysler 313 cu in (5.1 L) V8 engines. AC started using the 2.6 litre Ford Zephyr engine in its cars.

In September 1961, American automotive designer Carroll Shelby wrote to AC asking if they would build him a car modified to accept a V8 engine. AC agreed, provided a suitable engine could be found. Shelby went to Chevrolet to see if they would provide him with engines, but not wanting to add competition to the Corvette they said no. However, Ford wanted a car that could compete with the Corvette and they happened to have a brand new engine which could be used in this endeavor: the Windsor 221 in³ (3.6 L) engine – a new lightweight, thin-wall cast small-block V8. Ford provided Shelby with two engines.

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