AC Cars is relaunching in the UK in an attempt to carve out a long-lasting niche for models based on the styling of the 1960s Cobra-lookalike musclecar. The first of the new models, the Zagato-bodied 378 GT, is making its UK debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
New funding has been found for the venture by Al Lubinsky, who owns the AC brand name, and whose previous attempts to rejuvenate the marque have been doomed to failure.
Lubinsky has licenced the manufacture of three AC models - the MkII, MkIV and a new Zagato-bodied car, which will be made by three different companies - one in the UK, one in Germany and another in South Africa.
The new car will be powered by a 437bhp 6.2-litre V8 from the Chevrolet Camaro.
The British-built MKII features a hand-beaten alloy body and original-style steel-tube frame, while the German-built MkIV features a composite body and spaceframe chassis.
The coupe-style AC 378 GT Zagato is based on the Piranha, and will be built in South Africa.