1962 AC Cobra 260

This automobile has a 2 door convertible/cabriolet type body styled by John Tojeiro with a front located engine delivering its power to the rear wheels. Power is supplied by an overhead valve, 4.3 litre naturally aspirated 8 cylinder motor, with 2 valves per cylinder that develops power and torque figures of 260 bhp (264 PS/194 kW) at 5800 rpm and 365 N·m (269 lb·ft/37.2 kgm) at 4800 rpm respectively. The engine transmits power to the wheels via a 4 speed manual transmission. With a claimed weight at the kerb of 916 kg, the AC Cobra 260 performs the 0-60 mph benchmark sprint in 5.5 seconds and the standing quarter mile in 14.1 seconds. The AC Cobra 260 is said to be able to achieve a top speed of 233 km/h or 145 mph.

Pictures

Carroll Shelby with AC Cobra 260 -
Carroll Shelby with AC Cobra 260
Image courtesy of Ford

Key facts

1962 AC Cobra 260 information summary

What body style?
2 door convertible/cabriolet with 2 seats
How long?
3848 mm
How heavy?
916 kg
What size engine?
4.3 litre, 4265 cm3
How many cylinders?
8, V
How much power?
264 PS / 260 bhp / 194 kW @ 5800 rpm
How much torque?
365 Nm / 269 ft.lb / 37.2 kgm @ 4800 rpm
How quick?
0-60 mph: 5.5 s
How fast?
233 km/h, 145 mph

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1962 AC Cobra 260 data
bodywork
Body type2 seater convertible/cabriolet
Number of doors2
DesignerJohn Tojeiro
dimensions & weights
Wheelbase 2286 90
Track/tread (front) 1308 51.5
Track/tread (rear) 1334 52.5
Length 3848 151.5
Width 1549 61
Height 1245 49
Ground clearance 178 7
length:wheelbase ratio 1.68
Kerb weight 916 kg 2019
Weight distribution 48.5 % front
fuel tank capacity 68.2 litres 15 UK Gal 18 US Gal
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient
Frontal area 1.54
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Ford
Engine code
Cylinders V 8 in 90° vee
Capacity 4.3 litre
4265 cc
(260.266 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 96.5 × 72.9 mm
3.8 × 2.87 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.32
Valve gear overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
16 valves in total
maximum power output
(SAE)
264 PS (260 bhp) (194 kW)
at 5800 rpm
Specific output
(SAE)
61 bhp/litre
1 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
(SAE)
365 Nm (269 ft·lb) (37.2 kgm)
at 4800 rpm
Specific torque
(SAE)
85.58 Nm/litre
1.03 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
sump
compression ratio 10:1
Fuel system 1 Ho carb
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 1075.4 kPa (156 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings 5
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 533.13 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
performance
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph) 3.9 s
Acceleration 0-60mph 5.5 s
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph) 14.00 s
Standing quarter-mile 14.1 s
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed 233 km/h (145 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 287.79 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
211.66 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
283.84 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
0.13 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 4.72 kg/kW
7.89 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres/100km
km/litre
UK MPG
US MPG
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
chassis
Engine position front
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
Steering
turns lock-to-lock 2.000
Turning circle 11.00 m
Front suspension I.TL.ARB.W.
Rear suspension I.TL.ARB.W.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front 6.50 x 15
Tyres rear 6.70 x 15
Brakes F/R Di/Di
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Braked area 3303 cm2
Gearbox 4
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 3.54
general
Carfolio.com ID51997
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 46.2
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1962 AC Cobra 260 added before December 1995.
Last modified 2013-02-28.