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Like the AC Ace before it, the Sunbeam Alpine was a sleek British sports car with an obvious problem. In a grand British tradition, it was every bit as fun and interesting as a convertible sports car should be. It was not, however, fast.
AC found their solution in 1962, contracting Carroll Shelby to put Ford V8s in their relatively sluggish Aces to produce the beastly Cobra. The car was an immediate on-track success, as the story goes. The custom-bodied Cobra Daytona variant produced in-house at Shelby American was even more successful, and the pairing of Ford and Shelby American found an even higher level of success when they abandoned the potential of the AC Ace platform to run the purpose-built GT40.
In the middle of all this, Sunbeam still had no solution to the struggles of their Alpine. Negotiations