26 March 2001
1965 AC 428 CONVERTIBLE
COACHWORK BY FRUA
Registration No. Tba (UK)
Chassis No. CF16
Engine No. ZL105
Primrose yellow with maroon interior and hood.
Engine: Ford V8, 7014cc overhead valve, hydraulic tappets, 345 bhp at 4,600 rpm; Gearbox: three speed automatic; Suspension: independent, anti-dive, anti-squat front and rear using unequal length wishbones with semi-trailing arms to rear, coil springs; Brakes: four wheel disc. Right hand drive.
The AC 428 Convertible made its debut at the London Motor Show in 1965, presented alongside a Mark III 289 Cobra. It was plain to see that it shared the running gear and power plant of its cousin, with the vast, 7 litre, cast iron block engine producing some 345 bhp at 4,600 rpm. Not surprisingly, performance was formidable, even though the majority of the 428's built had automatic transmission; 145 mph was quite achievable and road holding was equally good.
A departure for the Thames Ditton company was the choice of Frua of Turin to style and build the bodies for the new car and an immediate likeness could be compared with the Maserati Mistral, which was also penned by Frua. The original plans had been for a production run of 150 or so cars, including convertibles, before choosing a UK source of production for the bodies. However, as events turned out only 50 models had been built by the Spring of 1969. Frua were themselves compromised by labour difficulties in Italy and the subsequent oil crisis of the early 1970s killed off the model.
This convertible has been in the present ownership for 29 years, and was for many years used as an everyday car, although its recent use has been limited, which is the reason that we offer it for sale. The vendor has always kept the car on the road in this period, and has had it maintained, although it has never undergone a full restoration. The most recent repaint to the present livery does also show a few signs of age as does the interior which is original. The dash features the early, more attractive layout.
All 428's are rare, and this has the benefit of being offered from long term ownership.
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No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
Please note that the registration number of this car is BCG517G.
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