- Ford 289ci V8 powered for c.40 years Introduced in October 1953, the AC Ace was essentially a reworked version of 'LOY 500' the handsome John Tojeiro designed sports racer with which motor trader Cliff Davis had notched up six wins and four seconds that season. Lured into collaboration with the Thames Ditton manufacturer by the promise of a £5 per car royalty fee, Tojeiro ensured that the new model's ladder-framed tubular chassis enjoyed the same handling prowess as its competition forebear by equipping it with all-round independent transverse-leaf suspension. Styled after 'LOY 500' (itself modelled on the Carrozeria Touring clad Ferrari 166 MM Barchettas), the Ace was arguably even more handsome. Initially powered by AC's own 1991cc OHC engine, the availability from February 1956 onwards of another straight-six in the guise of Bristol's tuneable 1971cc unit gave the aluminium-bodied sports car a welcome boost in both sales and performance. Upgraded with optional Girling front disc brakes in 1957, Ace Bristols achieved considerable success at Le Mans (1957: 2nd i/c, 1958: 2nd i/c, 1959: 1st i/c) as well as dominating the Sports Car Club of America's production championship for cl
• Year: 1956
The AC Ace was manufactured in Thames Ditton from 1953 to 1963 and it was the Ace sports car of 1953 that made the company's reputation in the post war years. AC used John Tojeiro' design of a light ladder type tubular frame, all independent transverse leaf spring suspension and an open two seater alloy body. AC's 100 bhp two litre overhead cam straight six cylinder engine was initially the only engine choice but in 1956 Bristol Cars two litre 120 bhp straight six was an alternative. The AC Ace is a truly iconic car, famous for its Motorsport history in 1959 when claiming top honours in the 2000cc class. These highly desirable cars have become very collectable and motors cars with this level of provenance are becoming scarce on the market. AFT 900 is not a car that has had opportunity to spend much time on the open market over the past 40 years. The current Dorset based owner bought the AC in 1971 and kept the vehicle for four years and managed to buy the car back again in 2010, thirty five years after first selling it. When owned during the 1970's the AC was treated to some body restoration work and a full repaint in the original AC colour of Dragonfly Blue. Since 1971 the AC has
• Year: 1958
Opalescent Light Green with Green hide interior. Silver wire wheels. An original Bristol engined ACE delivered new to Canada, where it was raced until the mid 1960s. One Canadian owner from 1970 until it returned to the UK in 2014, whereupon it has received a total restoration at AC Heritage Brooklands. Please enquire
• Year: 1958
1958 AC Ace Bristol BEX452 Supplied new through Chardonnet the French AC importer. Gunmetal grey with black leather. Overdrive, competition wire wheels etc. Continuous history. Now in fast road trim but previous competition history in Europe including Le Mans Classic etc.
• Year: 1958
Mayfair 020 7125 1400 | Maldon 01621 879579 AC Ace. Raced by Ken Rudd in period at Silverstone, Goodwood, Riverside Rally, Cadwell Park and Prescott Hill etc. (see more race history below). Presently undergoing full JD Classics restoration to current FIA race specification and original colour specification. Matching numbers. A very important car in British Motor Sport history. Mille Miglia eligible. Please contact us for further details. 1955: Riverside Rally 24hr. 12&13 th February. Driver Ken Rudd. Finisher but is not known in what position. RAC Rally. March 8 th . Driver Ken Rudd partnered by W. Scott. Cadwell Park (with the track covered in slush). 2 nd in class. Prescott Hill the car set a time of 54.9 seconds. Silverstone (very quick flying mile in 28.6 seconds).2 nd Goodwood 4 th in class. National Goodwood Members handicap. March 28 th . Car number 50 Driven by Ken Rudd finishing 3 rd. ACOC Sprint at Rushmoor. 22 nd May. Driver W Scott. Finished 5 th in class. 1956: Craigantlet Hill Climb. 24 th August. Driver Harvey McWhir. 1st in class. 1957: Craigantlet Hill Climb. 28 th August. Driver Harvey McWhir. Finished 3 rd in class.
• Year: 1954