Classic Sports Cars; 1960 AC Ace
AC came back to the market after the
Second World War with the staid 2-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 2-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 made using English wheeling machines, possibly
inspired by the Ferrari Barchetta of the day.
When Bristol ceased building their 6-cylinder engine in 1961, AC's owner, Charles Hurlock, was approached by Carroll Shelby to use a Ford V8 in the Ace chassis, producing the AC Cobra in 1962. Production of the Ace ended the same year. The AC Cobra came in small block and later big block configurations. It was Ford's 289 that powered the winning car in the GT class at Le Mans in June 1964. At the time, the AC Cobra 427 was the fastest production car in the world..