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That's a new one to me. Super cool! Crazy shifter
I believe this car was at the Hershey fall show many years ago. The show was right by the stadium on the slope. I talked to the owner, a slick guy from NYC. I have no idea what class it would have qualified for but it appears to have an AACA badge in the one picture. As I remember it had a flathead Ford V8 and no mufflers with straight pipes.
Thank You Ryan.
Amazing proportions John Miur did the right thing when found the dream of Mr Gardner.
The proportions just draw the eye. Beautiful is the proper word
I like it better in the raw, with the steel wheels and before the grille was cut into it. Simpler is better. Still a very neat car.
I'm surprised that the restorer didn't use authentic old SW gauges, but instead went for new ones. Maybe they thought nobody would notice.
Very first thing I noticed as well... It's a super rad dash otherwise...
I nearly soiled myself when I read VEGA!
The front end resembles the early Vettes to me. Sure wish it had been produced.
Any photos of the engine/
Neat design. If Ford had of carried through on it, we probably would have never gotten Shelby's COBRA.
LOVE the chrome trim on the bottom of the rear "wings"
Or perhaps even the baby Thunderbirds?
Very MG-A-ish, but with covered headlights.
Never knew a thing about that one. Very cool. Sorry to be the dumbass that photoshops it, but I wish those front wheels were tucked up a little closer to the wheel opening like this (like it appears they are in the construction photos)...
Very cool car - I agree that the little bird may never have happened if this had come out in "fibreglas" to compete with the 'Vette, but the big bird may have come out earlier.
Now I like it with the chrome Ford wires better than the Daytons, or whatever those 50 spoke wheels are.
I like the wide 5 wheels that are on it during the mock-up... But I think Borranis would be amazing on it.
Love it! But I’m a tart for sporty cars like that…
NEARLY? You'll have to work on that son...
For the book collectors, there is a good article on Vince designing and building the bucks.
Austin healy ,mg , triumph etc.
The ford attempt at European styling that " made it " the AC Bristol
My first thought exactly.
Great looking car.
It was designed by a Brit (John something) at AC.
These are not all great references but they cover the high points.
The car immediately before the Cobra was the Ken Rudd/AC Cars/Ford of England ACE RS2.6 (ACE = car family, RS = Ken Rudd's "Rudd Speed" operation, 2.6 = size in liters of the British Ford six cylinder engine they used.) The prototype Cobra started where the RS2.6 was then swap in a significantly new stronger rear suspension and Jaguar based differential with extensions to fenders for wider tires. The new Ford Fairlane 221 c.i.d. engine used in the prototype Cobra during development in England was just a little heavier than the British Ford six cylinder engine. By the time the prototype car got to California the Experimental High Performance 260 engine serial number 1 was available and it was installed by Dean Moon’s crew. By January 1963 a trickle of new production Ford Fairlane High Performance 289 engines starting getting to Shelby American, with a good supply available after March 1, 1963.
For a brief time A.C. Cars built both ACE RS2.6s and Cobras at the same time.
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