• Apr 25, 2008

AC Cars, creators of the original Cobra on which Carroll Shelby built his legendary roadster, is planning two important moves. The sportscar-maker, owned by Acedes Holdings LLC, is currently based in Malta. However, legal troubles in the country have prompted the company to return to its original headquarters at the famous Brooklands facility in England. A second factory in Michigan where AC will build its classic sportscars for U.S. consumption is also in the works.

AC continues to manufacture the original Ace, Mk11, Mk11 FIA and Mk111, and is anticipated to build just ten units per year at an average price of £150,000 a pop. No word, however, on the new roadster, the rights to which Project Kimber acquired to resurrect AC after Smart cancelled the vehicle.

[Source: 4car]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      AC started selling this design in 1953 as the AC Ace and was highly successful in SCCA racing for the next decade.
      http://www.motorbase.com/vehicle/by-id/42/
      • 6 Years Ago
      AC has never built "Cobras"

      AC currently manufactures the following vehicles to the customers specification:

      AC MKV - Carbon composite bodied 2 seat roadster with 5.0ltr V8 engine and 5 speed transmission - see specification data

      AC MKIII 427 SC - The original legendary sports roadster of the 1960's,completely hand built to the original specification off the original jigs and tooling to the customers' requirements

      AC MKII 289 Roadster or FIA spec - Completely hand built to the original specification off the original jigs and tooling to the customers' requirement

      You can buy new a new "Corba" from Shelby.

      http://www.shelbyautos.com/CSX7000.asp
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ah, The Shelby Cobra... 928 of them built, and now only 326,243 of them survive.

      --chuck
      http://chuck.goolsbee.org
      • 6 Years Ago
      AC Cars, creators of the original Cobra on which Carroll Shelby built his legendary roadster,

      No... AC built the ACE, Shelby created the Cobra.