Carroll Shelby wasn't the first man to drop a brutish American V8 into a lithe European chassis. Frank Kurtis did it. Sydney Allard did it. And each proved successful to varying degrees. But Shelby, a tall Texan with a racer's reflexes and a salesman's silver tongue, managed to wrangle a bit more than a Ford V8 into his AC Ace roadster: namely, factory support.
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