Italy + Great Britain + Detroit = The 1968 AC Frua

The AC Frua that you see here is basically the best of everything, with the soul of a British sports car, a sexy Italian body, and a heart that's pure Detroit. In a very real sense, it's basically an Italian Cobra built in Britain. This one happens to be for sale, and at $269,500, it's probably a steal. Here's why.

At the core of this car is the same chassis and suspension that AC built for the original Cobra, except that it was lengthened by seven inches. Essentially it's a race car in street clothing, complete with a suspension that's light years ahead of its contemporary rivals, like the Bizzarini.

Of course, it's coated in a sleek body penned by Pietro Frua, fresh off a tenure at Maserati. If you look closely, you can see more than a passing resemblance to the Maserati Mistral.

And on the inside, it's a classic grand tourer: refinements like leather seats and a wood steering wheel make it comfy, but it's still self-evidently sporty.

The elephant in the room, er, engine bay, would never let you forget this car is about performance first. It's the same basic Ford 428 cid V8 that you'd find in a Shelby GT500. Translation: it tops out at 150 mph and hits 60 mph faster than the vast majority of today's cars. The car was built to compete with the likes of Aston Martin, Jaguar, and Ferrari. In terms of performance, it certainly did.

Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor. He's amazed more cars didn't take advantage of this winning formula.