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AC Cars continued to produce the AC convertible with coil spring suspension, non powered by the small block Ford 289 V8 engine, and flared wings although Carroll Shelby stopped importing cars from AC in the UK in 1967.
Until production ended in 1969, it had been marketed throughout Europe designated the AC 289 sports car.
In 1982, the AC 289 continued to be built by Autokraft and has been renamed the Autokraft Mark 4.
In essence, it was a Mark 3 AC Cobra with a 302 ci (4.95 litre) Ford V8 engine, linked to a five speed Borg Warner T5 gearbox.
Following lawsuit by Carroll Shelby, manufacturing soon ended, but restarted in 1987 at a joint venture between Ford and AC the Mark powered by the same 302 ci Ford V8 engine, and 4 was renamed the AC Mark 4.
In 1990, a lightweight version was introduced with output increased to 370 bhp at 5750 rpm removing the catalytic converter, and by using a single Holley carburettor, an aluminium head.
Production of both variants finished in 1996 when a combined total of 480 units were built.
In 1996, AC Cars was restructured with new management and the company launched two cars with body styling.
The first was the Superblower, with an aluminium body, and powered by a ci Ford V8 engine.
Another was a more keenly priced automobile known as the Carbon Road Series (CRS), using a carbon fiber body, and a detuned 302 ci Ford V8 engine developing 225 bhp.
37 CRS’s and 22 Superblowers was built, when production ended in 2001.
The “Continuation Cobra”
The first pre-production AC Cobra 260 sports car had 655 of the block 289’s and 260 were built, which meant that the one would have been CSX2655 a chassis number CSX2000 and, in total.
In 1965, the design of the chassis took place, and involved additional strengthening, and replacement of the leaf springs with round around coil spring suspension.
The chassis number of the first Mark 3 AC Cobra, with the 427 engine and chassis, was CSX3000.
Since, by 1967, when production of the 427 Cobra ended, a total of 344 units were built, which meant that the previous unit would have been CSX3344.
The 427 Cobra was reborn, with the unit designated CSX4000.
The new series of the iconic version was given the title”Continuation Cobra”.
These”Continuation” sports cars were initially constructed in Las Vegas, and sanctioned by the Shelby organisation.
With day additions, although the concept was to recreate the 1960’s icon.
Understandably, it was to continue where creation of the 427 S/C that is final finished, which was around CSX3560, and was the 427 S/C Shelby Continuation Cobra which was most in demand.
In 1996, the first sports car that was CSX4000 used a chassis along with rebuilt Ford V8 engines, and the newly produced components.
Although some were arranged with bodies Continuation Cobras’ majority were assembled with bodies.
Under license to AC, 427 Cobras and Continuation 289 were built by AC Heritage in the UK, since 2009.
In 1965, AC produced only 19 chassis for the 427 Competition Cobra, and two of them, CSX3015 and CSX3303, were altered to create 800 bhp.
The resultant 427 Supersnake was constructed to be a street.
Only two such Supersnakes were built, and CSX3015 was kept by Carroll Shelby, whilst he presented his friend Bill Cosby with CSX3303.
This marks the end of my Review of the Shelby Cobra sports car.