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1979-1985 AC 3000ME specifications

1979-1985 AC 3000ME specifications Classic and Performance Car

An attempt to lift sales by building something more affordable saw AC mid-mounting a Ford V6 transversely over a custom-made transmission. That was one problem: the engine’s heavy weight and less-than-sporting output meant only 120mph. Delays in into production meant the 3000ME was pitched against the similarly-priced Lotus Esprit. Those volume sales never materialised, with only around 100 built, including a short-lived revival in 1984-85 when licensed to a Scottish factory. Good survival rate and a keen following.

Production

  • Production:
    106
  • Price at launch:
    £12,432
  • Price (excellent)
    £15,000
  • Price (good):
    £9,000
  • Price (average):
    £6,500
  • Price (project):
    £4,250

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    8.5secs
  • Top speed:
    120.0mph
  • Power:
    138.0bhp
  • Torque:
    192.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    19.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    V6
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, wishbone, coil spring
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, wishbone, coil spring
  • Drivetrain:
    Mid-Engine RWD
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    chassis and glassfibre body
  • Transmission:
    Five-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    3990mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2300mm
  • Width:
    1651mm
  • Height:
    1143mm
  • Weight:
    1128kgs
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