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AC Cobra

AC Cobra (United Kingdom, 1962-1963)

AC > Cobra > Gen.1 [MkI]
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History and Development

The first of all Cobras, the Mk1, was launched in 1962. However, it wouldn’t be produced for too long, as the second generation Cobra came to replace the first one the next year.   In 1961, Carroll Shelby asked British brand AC Cars to build the basis for the car he dreamt of, to which AC agreed, beginning to provide the necessary parts and engines. The chassis were built at AC’s factory and exported to Los Angeles, United States, where Caroll Shelby received them and altered them.   A total of 126 Mk1 AC Cobras were produced.



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Engine and Transmission

The Cobra Mk1 is powered by a front-mounted Ford V8 engine, producing 335 hp and achieving a maximum speed of 152 mi/h (245 km/h).   The transmission of this rear-wheel driven car runs through a 4-speed manual gearbox.



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Chassis

Tubular frame chassis.   Platform
  Suspension Front and rear wishbones and upper transverse leaf spring, plus a front anti-roll bar.   Steering Worm-and-sector.   Brakes All-wheel disc brakes.



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