In the old days—and I’m talking about 1960s old days—a friend of mine had an orange AC Ace, forerunner of the Cobra. Two liters and not a lot of power, yet when he pulled up in front of my house with his sexy blonde wife in the passenger seat, it created an indelible image.
I competed, of course, with a ’63 Alfa Giulietta Spyder (and a similar wife), but the British car had a certain raw edge, even then. Now AC, still alive after 110 years, shows off a new Cobra (above) that builds on what Carroll Shelby started in the 1960s with his very muscular sports cars.
The AC Cobra MkVI appears at Geneva and will bring joy to those who can’t forget the early Cobras, with their raw power, squirrely handling, and “forget about it” tops. Engine heat was fierce, and you battled with the elements directly in this car. But, God, they were a blast to drive.