Sbarro ACA Dominique III , 1968


In April 1968, Franco Sbarro based ACA, Atelier de Construction Automobile, in a former cigarette factory. The first model of the ACA was the Dominique III, a small sports car very low, powered by a V8 Ford GT40 4.7 liters and equipped with an air-brake.


One-off, the car was ordered by Pierre-Yves-Mourgues d'Algues, living in London. Franco Sbarro itself delivered the car in England, by road. The painting of the hood was damaged during the trip, leaving a Franco Sbarro much embarrassed when arrived in England. It was during this trip that Franco Sbarro met Eric Broadley, Lola and GT40 designer. He was impressed by Dominique III, so Sbarro took the opportunity to propose to make a road version of the Lola T70 MkIII, to be delivered in three months just for the Racing Car Show in London in January 1969. But this is another story.


Dominique III was initially painted in British racing green then in white. Dominique was the first name of the bride of the buyer and the number three referred to the third car designed by Franco Sbarro, the first two being Filipinetti 1 et Filipinetti 2.



text Philippe Calvet, automatic translation (so be indulgent !)



Engine Ford V8, 4,7 liters (from Ford GT40 ?), .

Engine Ford V8, 4,7 l (from Ford GT40), 420 chevaux

Mid-engine. Rear wheel drive.

Production : one-off.


main sources : ACA, book "Franco Sbarro, concept cars" by Fabian Sbarro

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