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.
The MkVI seems to be in the Cobra tradition, though it uses a 430-hp Corvette engine and is built in Germany. You can expect many refinements, however, along with a pricetag of close to £100,000 in England.
In the U.S., AC has had a partnership going for some years with Iconic Motors, a firm with strong engineering talent whose aim is to (finally) produce the AC Roadster (below), a supercar also built on the Cobra model. The car is a lovely redesign of the classic Cobra, but with 800 hp and 0-60 times of under 3 seconds, per the company, plus a few more details here.
Price will reportedly be around $375K, only 100 cars will be built, and they will have no top. This is maybe the one supercar in the world I would buy if I had the bucks. Details can be found on the Iconic Motors website, here. And it’s all made in America.
The AC Roadster has the kind of refinement that the Cobra never had. Does that make it worth $375K, in your opinion?