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  • To be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RMs Paris event, February 4, 2015. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmauctions.com/Paris. Estimate:$200,000 - $260,000 Est. 120 bhp, 1,971 cc Bristol six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent front and rear suspension with transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs, and front disc and rear drum hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 2,286 mm.The last long boot Ace-BristolOriginally delivered in HawaiiFreshly restored with an original D engineMild-engine blueprinting and tuning for improved performanceThe Ace, which was based on a sports racing car designed by John Tojeiro, was introduced at the London Motor Show in October 1953, and it remains the signature product of the AC marque. It was equipped with four-wheel independent suspension and sleek bodywork, which was reminiscent of contemporary Ferrari Barchettas. The Ace garnered praise from magazine testers, including John Bolster of Autosport, who wrote, The machine does all the right things all the time. He continued with no emergency or advanced driving technique will ever catch it on the wrong foot.In 1956, the highly regarded 1,971-cubic centimetre Bristol six became available, upgrading the standard Ace to Ace-Bristol specification. This state-of-the-art power unit initially produced 103 horsepower, which rose to 125 in its ultimate D2 specification, and it could trace its origins back to BMWs advanced pre-war 328 design, which helped make it successful in racing well into the 1960s.Bristol-powered Aces were brilliant in competition, winning three successive SCCA E-Production Championships between 1957 and 1959, followed by two D-Production Championships in 1960 and 1961. The Ace-Bristol also scored very well at Le Mans, where it finished 2nd in class in 1957 and 1958 and achieved a sterling class victory and 7th overall in 1959. This performance no doubt left an impression on overall 1959 Le Mans Champion Carroll Shelby, who later created his own 289 and 427 Shelby Cobra derivatives of the classic Ace.According to Tim Isles of the AC Registry, the car offered here left the factory in Thames Ditton on 6 March 1957, and at that time, it was fitted with Bristol engine 100D 595, which it still retains today. It was shipped to Motor Imports, of Honolulu, Hawaii, and is believed to have been one of only a few Ace-Bristols sent to the Aloha State. Of note is that chassis number BEX 266 was the last Ace-Bristol by number to be fitted with the long boot, which allowed for more luggage room.The present European owner acquired the car as a complete project from the family of the owner who had possession of it since 1973; this previous owner had planned to restore the car but never got around to finishing the job. Its original body was removed from the frame, stripped, and carefully refinished in the correct factory colour of Rouge Iris, whilst the interior was reupholstered in white leather, with red carpets, a red top, and a red tonneau cover. The engine was rebuilt using a specially forged steel racing crankshaft, Arrow connecting rods, forged pistons, and a blueprinted head, and it can reportedly produce more than 120 horsepower.This is a dramatic, elegant, and sporting Ace-Bristol that is ideal for fast travel in high style.Moteur six-cylindres en ligne Bristol, 1 971 cm3, 120 ch env., bote manuelle quatre rapports, suspension avant et arrire indpendante avec ressorts lames transversaux, freins disques l'avant et tambour l'arrire. Empattement: 2 286 mm La dernire Ace Bristol coffre long Livre l'origine Hawa Rcemment restaure, avec son moteur D d'origine Lgre prparation moteur pour amliorer les performancesL'AC Ace, qui tait drive d'une voiture de sport conue par John Tojeiro, a t prsente au Salon de Londres d'octobre 1953, et elle est reste ensuite le produit-phare de la marque. Elle tait quipe d'une suspension quatre roues indpendantes et d'une carrosserie lance, proche des barquettes Ferrari de la mme poque. L'Ace recevait les louanges des magazines, dont Autosport o John Bolster crivait : Cette machine effectue toutes les bonnes manuvres au bon moment . Il poursuivait avec aucune situation d'urgence ni aucune technique particulire de conduite ne la prendra jamais en dfaut .En 1956, l'excellent six-cylindres Bristol 1 971 cm3 devenait disponible, faisant passer la voiture aux spcifications Ace Bristol. Ce moteur brillant, dont les origines sportives remontaient la BMW 328, dveloppait l'origine 103 ch. Cette puissance passait 125 ch dans l'ultime configuration D2, ce qui lui permettait de remporter d'excellents rsultats en comptition jusqu'aux annes 1960.Les Ace moteur Bristol se sont montres brillantes en course, remportant aux tats-Unis trois championnats SCCA en catgorie E-Production, de 1957 1959, suivis par deux titres en catgorie D-Production en 1960 et 1961. Les AC Bristol se sont galement trs bien comportes aux 24 Heures du Mans, avec une deuxime place de catgorie en 1957 et 1958 et une victoire de catgorie en 1959, combine une septime place au classement gnral. Ces performances ont sans nul doute fait forte impression sur Carroll Shelby, vainqueur des 24 Heures du Mans 1959, qui allait par la suite crer les Shelby Cobra 289 et 427 drives de la classique AC Ace.D'aprs Tim Isles, de l'AC Registry, la voiture propose ici a quitt l'usine de Thames Ditton le 6 mars 1957, avec le moteur Bristol 100D 595 qui l'quipe encore aujourd'hui. Elle tait ensuite expdie Motor Imports, Honolulu, Hawa, et fait partie des rares AC Bristol envoyes sur l'tat d'Aloha. Par ailleurs, le numro de chssis BEX 266 correspond au dernier attribu une Ace Bristol quipe du coffre long , plus vaste pour les bagages.L'actuel propritaire, europen, a achet la voiture comme projet de restauration la famille du prcdent propritaire. Celui-ci la dtenait depuis 1973 et avait prvu de la remettre en tat mais n'tait pas arriv au bout des travaux. Aprs la transaction, la carrosserie d'origine a t dpose, dcape et soigneusement repeinte avec la teinte d'usine conforme, Rouge Iris, l'intrieur recevant une sellerie en cuir blanc avec moquettes, capote et couvre-tonneau rouges. Le moteur bnficiait d'une restauration et recevait un vilebrequin comptition en acier forg, des bielles Arrow, des pistons forgs et une culasse optimise. Ainsi prpar, il dvelopperait une puissance de 120 ch.Il s'agit d'une AC Ace Bristol lgante, sportive et spectaculaire, idale pour voyager vite et avec style.

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