March 09, 2012- News Release: At the 2012 Geneva Auto show it was announced that AC cars have taken over the Perana, and they will be marketed as AC 378 GT Zagato Cars going forward.
A new management team has assumed control of AC Cars, chaired by a very British-sounding General Sir Jeremy Mackenzie, 'GCB, OBE, DL, former Deputy Supreme Allied Command NATO Europe, Governor of the Royal Hospital Chelsea and Aide de Camp General to HM The Queen - and also a dedicated AC enthusiast. ' Alan Lubinksy is still on board the management team; Mackenzie credited him with saving the company from closure over the past decade. 'He's just stuck with it through the ups and downs,' he said.
The AC 378 GT Zagato will remain being manufacturer by Hi-Tech in South Africa, who also manufactured Lee Noble's cars, Rossion cars, Shelby cars and the company brand, Superformance. The older MkII Classic Aluminum, a MKII Classic and the AC MkVI cars will be built at the AC Heritage Centre at Brooklands in Surrey, UK, using the original bucks.
For those lucky 10 or so Americans that pre-ordered a Perana Z-One through Superformance USA, they will be the only "Perana" owners in the world. They will be shipped to the USA as Perana's and will have the option to display the AC badge on the car if they wish.
The AC 378 GT Zagato shown on the floor of the Hi-Tech factory in Port Elizabeth, South Africa