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Hagerty Employee

AC's heroic mid-engine failure, Land Rover's space-going lottery, $2B cradle for VW's flagship EV

Intake: An AC, the likes of which few have ever seen, is to be auctioned at Bonhams' Goodwood sale in April. Only around 100 AC 3000MEs were built at the end of the 1970s and early 1980s, based on an original idea from an ex-Ford GT40 engineer.
https://www.hagerty.com/media/news/the-manifold/2022-03-07/
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chrisawyer
Intermediate Driver

Didn't Shelby build a prototype of the AC ME3000 set to be powered by a Chrysler front-drive powertrain, and sporting a nicely updated body? If I remember correctly, it was a good looking car, but never moved forward for whatever reason.
drhino
Technician

I see some Lancia Stratos in that AC. Very cool.
Gary_Bechtold
Specialist

That AC is kind of interesting to me. I don't know why but from that angle the engine almost looks like a Buick 3800 V6 with a turbo on it.
JoshHoward
Intermediate Driver

So, little bit of history that isn't talked about a ton... the Buick motors way back when got sold to the Brits who did all sort of interesting things. Later on, GM brought back the v6 version of the motor and gave it a makeover to produce the GM 3800 v6 that we all know and love today.

Short answer: It's probably related.

Hagerty has talked about it here before and I'm sure others will get into the finer details of what happened. It's an incredible story of how the industry just keep re-using and recycling tooling and ideas.
JoshHoward
Intermediate Driver

https://www.hagerty.com/media/automotive-history/how-buicks-fireball-v-6-birthed-one-of-the-most-suc...

"Even as it found an eager buyer for the aluminum V-8 in Rover, Buick was developing a more conventional replacement for its lightweight V-8. To maximize the development investment, the Fireball V-6 grew to 225 cubic inches, utilizing components and tooling from the 300-cubic-inch version of Buick’s own line of small-block V-8s."
TonyT
Technician

In keeping with that thought, Chevy should reintroduce a big-block Corvette... 632, anyone?
MATTMERICA
Technician

So if you win a $450,000 "sweepstakes" your tax bill on the wining will be approximately $207,000 assuming that you are a US citizen. Just sayin
SilentBoy741
Instructor

So you get to go into space, but can't afford to come back.
aalborz
Pit Crew

Does AC look a twin of Fiat X1/9 or am I crazy?! Either way, I just love the look. That's why I own a 74 X1/9. 😉
TonyT
Technician

You own a Fiat. Your mental state is indeed suspect...
Oldimpala
Detailer

I see it.

Also shades of TR7. The wedge was the thing back then....
Tinkerah
Engineer

I thought that too and I haven't seen an X1/9 in decades.
JSievers
Instructor

Love the AC! What a bulldog of a car. If it were LHD and for sale in the U.S. I would definitely be a bidder.
compaqdeskpro
Detailer

I hope the Space Rover is more reliable than a Land Rover. I wouldn't want the air suspension failing in atmosphere.
Swamibob
Technician

The AC looks like a mash up and I do mean mash up, between a Bricklin and an X19. Ugh!
Good job on the part of the Kansas legislature.
I almost wish I could afford a Land Rover to get in on that sweepstakes. Pretty cool!
No matter where you 'construct' the battery for the EV, most of the expensive raw materials ae coming from one place.
SAG
Technician

Vin. problems,
how many of you have restored a U.S pick-up / car?
The doors are junk / un-serviceable.
Vin tags are on Lt. Door.
Replace them & realize you scraped the door with the 'vin plate'.
I fall into that category.
SAG
Technician

the County sending out a 'Officer'
doesn't expect them to have to crawl under
for a "frame verify"