AC Cars Ltd. is the company that built the AC Aceca and the AC Ace which inspired Caroll Shelby to build the infamous AC Cobra. From 1959 to 1963, AC Cars built the very stylish AC Greyhound 2+2 coupe.
Only 83 of these stylish sports car were produced. The coupe roof was not the only difference between the Greyhound and the Ace. The Greyhound also featured a completely independent suspension system. The rear suspension featured semi-trailing arms.
It looked like an Aston Martin DB4 and had 4 engine choices during its time: the 1.991 L AC OHC that produce 75 brake horsepower at 4500 rpm, the 1.971 L Bristol 100D2 OHV that produced 125 brake horsepower at 5750 rpm, the 2.216 L Bristol that produced 105 brake horsepower at 4700, and finally the 2.553 L Ford Zephyr engine that produced 170 brake horsepower at 5500 rpm. All of the in-line six-cylinder engine options were matched to a 4-speed manual gearbox which was available with an optional overdrive.
The AC Greyhound featured a standard ladder chassis with an aluminum body. It had the rack and pinion steering which was the popular choice during the 50s and 60s. For the brakes, it had disc brakes for the front and drum brakes for the rear.
Unlike the AC Ace, the AC Greyhound never caught the eyes of the legendary Carroll Shelby which would have probably been a great car if it received Shelby’s care. It would also be great if the AC Greyhound received the 2.5 L Daimler V8 engine from the Daimler SP250 sports car because it would greatly improve the performance of this car to a world class level. The Daimler V8 had respectable power and would also improve the weight distribution of the Greyhound.
This featured AC Greyhound looks stunning and its performance has been greatly improved with more modern performance goodies. The original in-line 6-cylinder engine was replaced with a Ford 5.0 L fuel injected V8 engine. The original transmission was also replaced with a better 5-speed manual transmission.
The elegant coachwork of this 1961 AC Greyhound is in excellent condition. Unfortunately, because it was mainly hand built, it took a long time to build each Greyhound which makes it an extremely rare classic. Although it still needs some work to be a reliable driver, this solid Greyhound is worth the effort to restore. It would be a great addition to any classic car collection due to its rarity and elegance.
References & Photo Credits: