1968 AC Frua Coupe

AC’s 428 is a beautiful, fast, luxurious and exceedingly rare high performance gran turismo. With gorgeous coachwork designed and constructed by Pietro Frua on a strong, rigid tubular frame with fully independent coil spring suspension built by AC Cars and derived from the coil spring Cobra 427, the AC 428 was a serious competitor to Jensen and Aston Martin, with performance comparable with the European exotics from Ferrari and Maserati at a fraction of the cost. The chassis was developed from that used in the legendary Cobra 427, but with bigger, stronger longitudinal tubes and a 6-inch longer wheelbase with four-wheel coil spring and wishbone suspension along with a limited slip differential. Power came from Ford’s FE block 428 cubic inch V-8, similar to that found in the Galaxie and the Shelby Mustang GT 500. It had immense torque -- 426 lb-ft in any form -- and 345 to 475 horsepower in highly tuned form. The 428’s gran turismo character lent itself to the police package specification C-6 3-speed automatic, and the vast majority are fitted with this transmission. In the end, only 81 AC 428’s were built, of which 50 were sleek, aerodynamic fastback coupes like this right-hand drive 1968 example. Finished in a pleasing medium blue metallic with a black leather interior, it shows 82,000 miles and is a well-maintained restoration that has been driven sparingly. It is equipped with several luxury features like power windows and an AM/FM cassette radio but, like all AC 428s, it has brutally effective performance that is impressive even by modern standards. Autocar described the AC 428’s torque at full throttle as “shattering” and the magazine went on to record a 145 mph top speed and 5.4 second 0-60 time. An elegantly styled luxury tourer with a race-proven chassis and a strong, flexible, reliable engine, this wonderfully presented and showable classic AC 428 is rare, extremely desirable, and intoxicatingly fast.

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