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/
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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.