1960 AC


--Red with Black leather interior, Black carpeting, 4-speed manual, Original LHD, Numbers matching, 18,000 miles from new, 1 of only 151 of the desirable first-edition Acecas built with the 2.0L AC engine, Sympathetically restored and maintained when and where needed with recent major servicing, Exceptionally preserved example.

Derived from the quick and popular Ace roadster, the sleek Aceca coupe was shown on the AC stand at the 1954 London Motor Show held at Earls Court and was immediate proof that fast sports cars do not need to be uncomfortable. With its lightweight aluminum bodywork, hatchback configuration and high-quality interior appointments it became one of the first modern high speed sport touring cars.

The AC Ace is powered by a 1,991 CC OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine with Triple SU carburetors and produces 105 BHP at 4,500 RPM. The drivetrain runs through a 4-speed manual gearbox with 4-wheel drum brakes. In the day, the Ace was a very responsive and capable package and “the car” to have.

This Ace left the factory on 21 June 1958 in the same color combination and specification as it sits today. The Ace was shipped to the Hap Dressel's AC Imports Inc, Arlington, VA, the East Coast AC distributor at the time. The AC Ace is rarer than the Ace Bristol with only 220 Ace's produced as opposed to 463 Ace Bristol engine cars.

This AC Ace changed ownership from its first owner in the mid 1960's. It was then owned by the same AC collector through 2018. He had not one, but two AC Acecas, the Aceca offered here being his pride and joy. Throughout this ownership, this AC had moved with its owner from New Hampshire to Nevada and finally to his retirement in the State of Colorado. Sold in 2018 to a dealer-collector friend of the owner, this AC was then treated to a thorough mechanical overhaul and system overhaul throughout. Once completed it was shown at the Concours on Rodeo in 2019. Autosport Designs purchased the Aceca from this California ownership. Almost immediately, the Aceca was sold on to a very well-known Long island sports car collector enthusiast and friend of Autosport Designs.

During this most recent ownership and within the last six months, the Aceca received the following service-restoration at a cost of approximately $35,000.00.

Servicing included: Full service maintenance, replacement of all filters and fluids, Spark plugs, Ignition system service, Optima battery and new cables, Rebuilt carbs, New exhaust manifold, New stainless steel exhaust system, New fuel tank, New fuel pump, New fuel lines steel and rubber, Accessory belts, New heater hoses, New battery cutoff switch, Steering shaft lubricated, New rear hubs-splines, New u-joints, New half shafts, Rebuilt differential rear end, various suspension pressed bushings, New transmission mounts, New wiring to front and rear lights, New tail and head light gaskets, new wiper arms and wiper inserts, Sound proofing and insulation to firewall, floors and boot areas as well as a set of new MWS sealed painted wire wheels and new Michelin tires, New wire wheel knock offs, New spare wheel and tire.

Currently in absolutely exceptional condition throughout, tis must be one of the lowest original mileage Aceca's in the world and which has been serviced thoroughly to make one of the finest running Aceca's in the world. its original mileage can be documented by any specialists inspection, it is truly a time-warp AC Aceca. For the concours enthusiast it is perfect entrant for any preservation class. On a recent road test, it proved to be excellent in every way.

Of course, it is known fact that the AC Ace went on to serve as the basis for the legendary Shelby Cobra. The Ace is ideal for vintage rallies and tours such as the California Mille, the Copperstate 1000 and the Colorado Grand.

This AC is extremely user friendly and a joy to drive, even by modern day standards. Sorted throughout, it is ready for immediate use and enjoyment.

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