AC 428 Frua Drophead Coupe
The AC Frua is a terrific hybrid in the original sense of the word. Taking a 427 Cobra chassis, AC stretched it six inches and commissioned Carrozzeria Frua of Turin to clothe it in handsome Italian steel coachwork. For power, Ford’s street-tuned 428-cubic inch engine (6,989 cc) was used, and gearboxes were either four-speed manual or automatic. Only 81 were built: 49 coupés, 29 convertibles and three special bodies. Chassis were shipped to Italy, bodied and then returned to Britain for power trains and trimming. A better performer than much of its Italian competition, the AC 428’s production was limited by Frua’s capacity and Ford’s ability to supply engines. Finally, the energy crisis of 1973 finished it off.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2011 at the Battersea Evolution, London.
345 bhp, 6,989 cc overhead valve V-8 engine, three-speed automatic transmission, independent coil spring front and rear suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,440 mm
Source: RM Auctions
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