The 428 Frua Coupe was born of the legacy of Shelby's Cobra and Frua's coachbuilding skills. The car is built on the AC Cobra 427 Mark III race-bred coil springs chassis but extended by 6 inches (150 mm). Chassis were built at the AC plant in England, then shipped to Frua's workshop in Italy where the body was fitted and then sent back to England to have the power train and trim added. For power, Ford's street-tuned "428" engine (actually 426.5 cubic inches or 6,989 cc) was used, and gearboxes were either four-speed manual or automatic.
The AC 428's production was limited by Frua's capacity and Ford?s ability to supply engines, but also because the costs were huge and the cars could not be sold at a competitive price. Finally, the energy crisis of 1973 finished it off. Just 81 were built: 49 coupes (also known as Fastback), 29 convertibles and three special bodies.
The Frua AC is often confused with the very similar looking Maserati Mistral, also designed by Pietro Frua. There is a common belief that the two cars share most of their body panels, but in reality only the front quarter windows and the door handles are the same.
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