1967 AC Cobra 302 Boss

AC Cars 1956 – 2012


To follow the entire AC Cars story please read AC Cars 1903-1955 before this post.
In 1956 AC launched the Aceca which was a break away from the established open sports cars. The following year they unveiled the AC Bristol and in 1958 the Ace Roadster. Then the story goes, that an American Carroll Shelby asked AC to build him a car that could take a big V8 engine. AC agreed provided Shelby provided a suitable engine. It’s alledged that Chevrolet rejected doing business with Shelby as they saw his move as competition to their own Corvette.

Ford, However, saw an opportunity to make a really big splash and duly supplied Shelby with a series of motors over the years. slight changes were made from time to time to accommodate bigger engines, different braking systems, suspensions and that kind of stuff that leaves many, like yours truly, completely confused.

Poeding en Koek Rib en Bief Burger Stalletjie

So while Shelby and his team were continually modifying, adding new motors, and competing with Enzo Ferrarri for top spot in the competitive classes these brutes race in AC continued building cars. Quite frankly, they could have saved the time and effort as the next batch of AC Cars were not great (or at least I think that).

I read somewhere that this Italian designed AC Zagato was built in South Africa.

Now we get down to the real stuff the AC Cobra and all it’s variants of engines, chassis, and names including Dragon Snake and King Cobra. Some AC Cobras are real, others are replicas and yet others made under license. Still – Aluminium, Carbon Fibre, Red or Blue, there’s enough to stir the blood of most men.

This is the first Shelby AC Cobra

Westrand Car Show - The First AC Cobra
The First AC Cobra
Westrand Car Show 2015
1965 AC Shelby Cobra 427 Plaque

If you have a beautiful AC Cobra or any car built before 2000 for that matter enter the competition of Classic Cars at the Westrand Car Show – 31 August 2019

The Westrand Car Show is a Classic Car Show. TO QUALIFY FOR ENTRANCE TO A COMPETITIVE CLASS, VEHICLES MUST HAVE BEEN BUILT OR REGISTERED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1999 OR EARLIER. Only the first 180 QUALIFYING vehicles will receive a commemorative medallion. Any newer vehicle is welcome to be entered as a “non-competitive vehicle” and to be placed on show just because of “the spirit of motoring” and the desire to share the joy that your wheels bring you, with all of the rest of us. See the list of classes below and the entrance form. Remember its a fun day, so don’t take it too seriously.

Non-Competitive vehicles may enter at the gate on the day.

The Westrand Car Show is an alcohol-free event and any person found to have in their possession or to be consuming alcohol will not be admitted and/or will be asked to leave the premises of Dr. Havinga School. 


Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n klassieke motorskou. OM TE KWALIFISEER VIR TOEGANG TOT ‘N KOMPETERENDE KLAS, MOET VOERTUIE VIR DIE EERSTE KEER IN 1999 OF VROEËR GEBOU OF GEREGISTREER WORD. Slegs die eerste 180 KWALIFISERENDE voertuie sal ‘n gedenkmedalje ontvang. Enige nuwer voertuig is welkom om as ‘n “nie-mededingende voertuig” ingeskryf te word, en dit net te danke aan” die gees van motor” en die begeerte om die vreugde wat u wiele vir u bring, saam met ons almal te deel. Kyk na die lys van klasse hieronder en die ingangsvorm. Onthou, dis ‘n pret dag moenie dit te ernstig opneem.

Nie-mededingende voertuie mag op die dag by die hek inteken.

Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n alkoholvrye gebeurtenis, en enige persoon wat bevind is dat hy in besit is en/of alkohol inneem, sal nie toegelaat word nie en/of gevra sal word om die perseel van die Dr. Havinga skool te verlaat.

Competition Classes Enter Your Vehicle

IMAGE ATTRIBUTION – These images are all from Wikipedia, Wikimedia and Wiki Commons. Clicking on the links below will in most cases give you a full screen image of the vehicle in question.
1957 AC Bristol – Detectandpreserve [CC BY-SA 3.0
1958 Ace Roadster – Mr.choppers [CC BY-SA 3.0
1956 AC Aceca – Detectandpreserve [CC BY-SA 3.0
1962 AC Greyhound Saloon – Lars-Göran Lindgren Sweden [CC BY-SA 3.0
1969 AC 428 Fastback – Charles01 [Public domain]
1976 AC ME3000 – Ozstone [CC BY-SA 3.0
1999 AC Brooklands Ace – Andrew Bone from Weymouth, England Cropped and levels adjusted by uploader Mr.choppers [CC BY 2.0
2012 AC 378 GT Zagato – Andrew Bone from Weymouth, England [CC BY 2.0
FIRST AC Cobra – Jaydec at English Wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0
1965 A C Shelby Cobra 427 – sv1ambo [CC BY 2.0
1966 AC Shelby Cobra 427 -Thesupermat [CC BY-SA 3.0
2004 Ford Shelby Cobra Concept Car – Jaydec at English Wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0
2015 AC Cobra Limited Edition – Steindy (talk) 21:19, 29 September 2014 (UTC) [GFDL 1.2
2016 Shelby Cobra Retromobile – Thesupermat [CC BY-SA 4.0
1965 A C Shelby Cobra 427 plaque – sv1ambo [CC BY 2.0
AC Cobra Boss 302 – Owner’s photo supplied – Gordon Chapman – RSA

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