We are very pleased to offer this superb and highly original 1960 AC Ace Roadster
Our Ace was ordered new from AC Thames Ditton in 1960 by a Mr Mahoney.
It was supplied as ordered with the late CLBN type AC engine and rare lightweight gearbox with overdrive, finished in Svecia Red paintwork with black leather trim, front disc brakes, rear drum brakes, windscreen washer and demisters.
When the John Wellers tax avoiding (65mm bore) AC engine was introduced in 1919 it produced a mere 40bhp, By the Ace's launch that had risen to 74bhp, by production to 85bhp (giving 96mph at 4500rpm with compression ration raised from 6.75:1 to 7.5:1) By the time it was phased out in 1962, with final CLBN versions boasting a nitride five bearing crank and 9:1 compression it had a powerful 110bhp.
In the early 1960s the Ace was exported to South Africa when Mahoney's career took him to Johannesburg where he worked as a correspondent on 'The Daily Star' newspaper. Mr Brian Eacott of AC Spares Department remembered posting various spare parts out to South Africa. The car changed hands in South Africa, possibly only once, passing to Mr Cohen, a wealthy collector.
Brought to Europe by Cohen, it was sold at auction in the South of France to a British motor dealer and brought back to the UK, arriving here in May 1992.
The previous owner acquired the car in July 1992 and kept it for the next 15 years, selling it to the most recent in 2007.
There is a photographic record of the car's restoration on file together with a quantity of expired MoTs, invoices for an engine rebuild (1997), and a detailed notebook for the period 1993-1998 listing mileage increases, work done, trips/events, services, etc.
A design classic and with its AC engine in its earliest and virginal purest form, this beautiful AC Ace features
Current MoT - (now exempt)
V5C registration document
Original owner's handbook
Copy of 1999 Classic and sports car magazine article one this car in comparison to the ACECA
Full restoration and engine rebuilt in the 90's
Retaining all of its original body panels, doors, boot and bonnet etc...all stamped in the correct places, proving this car has never been crash damaged or messed with.
Long term ownership
Rarely supplied with the optional extra of front disc breaks
The stylish embossed pedals typical of the classy ACs adds to the beauty and simplicity of its interior
Nudge bars enhance the looks and adds to the poise of this ACE
One of approx. 228 car built
Full wet weather gear including side screens
An excellent well restored example, now showing a fantastic patina that money cannot buy, one of the finest sports cars produced in the 1950's
Part exchange and export enquiries welcomed.
Not to be missed and a water tight investment.
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