The beautiful AC 428 Convertible was technically manufactured in the United Kingdom from 1967 to 1973, but was plagued with problems right from the beginning, the main one being that it was a British car half built in the US, half in the UK, and assembled in Italy. Or something like that. It went as well as it did with GM and the Cadillac Allante, but that’s a topic for another day. In 6 years, less than 100 vehicles were produced, with only 29 beautiful convertibles as you see below.
With a 7-liter V8 engine boasting 425 horsepower, this massive beast could power to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds, a remarkable number even by today’s standards, and achieve an advertised top speed of 140 mph, or 224 km/h.
It’s low production numbers can be explained by the fact that it was dreadfully expensive, and that compared to other vehicles in its price range and category, it wasn’t that luxurious, even a little rough.
That being said, the convertible AC 428 is a car that I would be happy – nay, honored! – to include in my collection of classic cars. Low, wide and fast with a throaty engine, it truly deserves to be called ‘awesome’!