AC was founded in London in 1901, being re-named Autocars & Accessories in 1904 and Auto Carriers Ltd. in 1911. A 3-wheel delivery vehicle was built at first, which was adapted to carry passengers in 1908 and called the AC Sociable. After WW I, ACs achieved sporting successes with their cars throughout the 1920’s & 30’s but financial difficulties meant production was limited. After WW II, the Ace and Aceca were introduced, the Ace being used later as the basis for the Shelby Cobra. The Greyhound and 428 models were then built followed by the 3000 ME. Over decades there have been several changes of ownership of the firm involving different company names, with ACEDES Holdings building the 378 GT Zagato in 2012.