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Monday, August 2, 2010

1955 AC Ace - classic car for sale.


Registration no: SPX 66 Chassis no: AE 66 Price: Refer Department “Highest engineering at moderate price …delightful to handle. “So read the advertisement on A.C’s Tojeiro inspired Ace of 1955. Derek Hurlock’s Thames Ditton Factory introduced the Ace at the time of the 1953 Motor Show and with the familiar two litre six cylinder engine allied to a steel tube chassis and strikingly sporty aluminium coachwork, the new model offered 100 mph performance and remarkable road holding . The engine developed a purposeful 102 bhp at 5000rpm and the marque enjoyed considerable competition success in the hands of amateur drivers such as Chris Lawrence. A tubular chassis is the basis of this iconic British sports car skinned with a beautiful hand built alloy sports roadster body. Transverse leaf springs and wishbones are used to provide independent front and rear suspension. The wheel-base is 7ft 6in and it sits on 16“ wire wheels, mounted with 5.50 x 16in. tires. The car is powered by an AC Engine, derived from the Ford Zephyr: six cylinder in line, water-cooled alloy mono block, with overhead valves and a bore 65mm, stroke 100 mm, with a capacity of 1991cc. The induction system features 3 SU carburetors. A four speed gearbox is mounted with synchromesh on 2nd, 3rd and top. The pulchritudinous example you see here before you was originally registered to its first owner in West Sussex on the 6th of April 1955. According to the buff log book which accompanies the car it enjoyed a further 6 proprietors in the UK before being offered by Sotheby’s in 1987 whereupon it was purchased by its first Italian owner and taken to Italy. According to the auction catalogue description which accompanies the car, in 1979 the chassis and body were subject to a major rebuild which was undertaken by well known AC specialists Auto Kraft and the engine overhauled by A.C specialist David Beales in 1979. Its first Italian owner cherished the car and it notably appeared as cover car in a February 1988 edition of the Italian classic car magazine Ruoteclassiche where it went head to head with the Ace-Bristol. (A copy of the magazine is included in the history file). Regrettably due to financial ramifications he had to cede the car to its current owner in 2005. Its new proprietor, an Italian collector of some note, dispatched the car to Barbieri of Voghera for in his own words ‘a no expense spared but conservative restoration retaining as much of the originality of the car as possible’. The results speak for themselves and SPX 660 as you see it here today is the result of a five year meticulous rebuild by one of Italy’s most esteemed restorers Sig. Barbieri. No stone has been left unturned and the extent of the endeavor is elaborated in a detailed invoice in the history file which accompanies the car. Its current owner has undertaken a 100 km road trip since this work was completed to ‘shake down the car’ and iron out any imperfections to prepare it for sale at Padua. The car retains its original ‘buff logbook’ with an attractive original registration number SPX 660, AC owners manual, invoice of restoration, previous sundry restoration invoices, correspondence between previous owners, old MOT certificates and magazine articles encompassing the car. It goes without saying that SPX 660 must be the most ravishing and exquisitely restored AC Ace on the market and we are convinced that in the hands of its lucky future owner will indubitably be admired and applauded wherever it goes.


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