1965→1973 AC 428
Unlike most cars by AC, The AC Frua was designed by Pietro Frua, instead of Caroll Shelby, of which it got it’s name from. This car is easily mixed up with the Maserati Mistral, but these two cars only share the front quarter view, the headlights and the slightly similar grille.
This car was extremely limited edition with only eighty one been made. It had a huge, seven litre big block V8 from the Ford Mustang of the time. Like most large, American V8s, the AC Frua tended to have the problem of heat leaking into the cabin.
From 1970 onwards to 1973 when production stopped, the AC Frua had 1 prototype made with electrically powered pop up headlights. It was planned for production but It was thought to be to expensive to make.
|type||Series Production Car|
|production years||1965 – 1973|
|released at||Not released|
|built at||AC plant, England|
|body stylist||Pietro Frua|
|interior designer||Pietro Frua|
|price $||$ 8,982|
|displacement||6965 cc / 425.03 in³|
|bore||104.9 mm / 4.0999999 in|
|stroke||101.2 mm / 4 in|
|engine designer||Pietro Frua|
|power||257.29999 kw / 345 bhp @ 4600 rpm|
|specific output||49.53 bhp per litre|
|bhp/weight||241.26 bhp per tonne|
|torque||642.70001 nm / 474 ft lbs @ 3200 rpm|
|body / frame||Steel tube frame|
|wheel type||Wire wheel knock off|
|steering||Rack and Pinion|
|f suspension||Fully adjustable independent suspension with double triangular wishbones, coil spring hydraulic telescopic shock absorbers.|
|r suspension||Adjustable independent suspension with double triangular wishbones, coil spring hydraulic telescopic shock absorbers.|
|curb weight||1430 kg / 3153.1499 lbs|
|transmission||4 speed manual or 3 speed automatic|
|top speed||~245 kph / 152.14999 mph|
|0 – 60 mph||~6.1999998 seconds|
|fuel econ epa||14.7 L/100 km or 16.4 mpg-us|
|fuel capacity||82 litres or 21.65 gal.|
1968 AC Frua Coupe CF19 – did not sell for $160,000 Built on a chassis derived from 427 Cobra. Only 81 AC528 re built. 1 of 49 Coupes produced. 345 HP engine. Automatic transmission. Blue with Black interior. Restored.
1969 AC 428 Frua Drophead Coupé CF31 – sold for €162,400
1972 AC 428 Frua Coupé –