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1961-1965 AC Cobra 260/289 specifications

1961-1965 AC Cobra 260/289 specifications Classic and Performance Car

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Carroll Shelby’s big idea outsold the Ace it was based on, with most sold in the US and none in the UK until 1964. The first 75 used 4.2-litre Ford V8s; those and the next 51 4.7 versions had cam-and-peg steering; after that it was much improved rack-and-pinion. The Ace chassis was beefed up to cope but, with all that power, handling can be entertaining. Standard smallblock Cobras have flat faces to their flared arches, though there were 27 AC 289s (no Cobra in name) built from mid-1966 with the big-arched Cobra 427 bodyshell and coil-sprung chassis.

Production

  • Production:
    673
  • Price at launch:
    £2,454
  • Price (excellent)
    £450,000
  • Price (good):
    £350,000
  • Price (average):
    £250,000
  • Price (project):
    £150,000

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    5.5secs
  • Top speed:
    138.0mph
  • Power:
    260.0bhp
  • Torque:
    269.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    16.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    V8
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, transverse leaf-spring
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, transverse leaf-spring
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    chassis and glassfibre body
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    3848mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2286mm
  • Width:
    1549mm
  • Height:
    1245mm
  • Weight:
    952kgs

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