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Body style: Coupé (two-door)
Segment: Coupe

The Frua 428 Coupe was the best of three worlds, with an Italian design, a British chassis, and a big, American V-8 under the hood.

By 1966, AC was already a respected name in the motorsport arena, and the AC Ace Cobra was not the only reason for that. The Aceca was also known and, thanks to its new chassis and suspension system, was even better.

While the Pininfarina, Zagato, Ghia, or Bertone were already big names in the automotive design, Peter Frua was less famous. He managed a few successful bodyworks for Glas and Maserati, but the AC Frua was perhaps its masterpiece. AC built a long wheelbase Cobra chassis, and Frua installed a fastback coupe bodywork. The round headlights were carried over from the Ace model, but the slim front end, the chromed bumper, and the corner-mounted turn-signals were unique for the AC range. He installed a fuel-flip on the rear pillar, on the right side of the car. The sloped tailgate sported a big windscreen.

Inside, the design was ahead of its time, with a full dashboard in front of the driver, filled with gauges and dials. Yet, the car was more of a grand touring model than a sports car, but it could compete against any Ferrari from that era. Frua designed the leather-clad sport bucket seats for comfort.

After completing the bodywork, Frua sent the vehicles back to the U.K. so AC could install the drivetrains and other components. Ford provided the big-block 427 V-8 engine to power the coupe, and the result was an astonishing, super-fast car. Thanks to its longer wheelbase and the improved MK III platform, the Frua was a much comfortable ride than the AC Cobra.

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AC 428 Coupe 1966 - 1973
  2 gasoline engines
  • 7.0L V8 3AT (350 HP)
  • 7.0L V8 4MT (350 HP)

AC 428 Coupe 7.0L V8 3AT (350 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  7.0L V8 3AT (350 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
7017 cm3
Power
257.4 KW @ 4600 RPM
350 HP @ 4600 RPM
345 BHP @ 4600 RPM
Torque
462 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM
626 Nm @ 2800 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
DIMENSIONS
Length
174 in (4420 mm)
Width
67 in (1702 mm)
Height
51 in (1295 mm)
Front/rear Track
55/56 in (1,397/1,422 mm)
Wheelbase
96 in (2438 mm)
Ground Clearance
6 in (152 mm)

AC 428 Coupe 7.0L V8 4MT (350 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  7.0L V8 4MT (350 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
7017 cm3
Power
257.4 KW @ 4600 RPM
350 HP @ 4600 RPM
345 BHP @ 4600 RPM
Torque
462 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM
626 Nm @ 2800 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
DIMENSIONS
Length
174 in (4420 mm)
Width
67 in (1702 mm)
Height
51 in (1295 mm)
Front/rear Track
55/56 in (1,397/1,422 mm)
Wheelbase
96 in (2438 mm)
Ground Clearance
6 in (152 mm)
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