was way back in 1961 England that a small company manufacturing
specialist two door roadsters received a letter from an
American racing driver called Carroll Shelby. He had a
strange request, wanting to know if they could slightly
adjust the production of their cars somewhat so that it
could easily accept a small block V8 engine. Of course
with the British being as polite as they are, they happily
obliged Shelby’s request and sent him a newly customised
AC Ace (as it was then called) chassis. A soon as it had
arrived in the states, and before Shelby and his mechanics
could finish the rest of the open bottle of whiskey, they
were done fitting in the new V8 engine. It instantly became
a race winner, cult classic and a brute force to be reckoned
with, and the rest as they say… is history.
Fast-forward a couple of decades and today you might be
lucky enough to see an AC Cobra or two roaming the streets
in all of its thunderous presence. But it goes without
saying that it is not anybody that can tame such an angry
cloud of rolling thunder.
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