"Today, the AC Ace is possibly one of the most quintessential British sports cars. Exuding finesse from every angle, these agile roadsters with racing pedigree are widely regarded as one of the most elegant and characterful British designs of the period. Original examples are now commanding substantial premiums and for this reason, high quality recreations have a dedicated following. Over the past 20 years, British manufacturer ‘Hawk’ have built themselves an international reputation as the best in the business when it comes to AC replicas. Their AC Ace, 289 Cobra and 427 Cobra reproductions have achieved many accolades and to many, are accepted as being the truest to the original form and depending upon detailed specification, also reproduce an authentic and comparable driving experience. Founder Gerry Hawkridge is acknowledged globally as an AC guru, so much so, that when you visit the collection of outbuildings at their premises there is usually a genuine Cobra and/or Ace or two on site for maintenance.
This superb AC Ace by Hawk was built in 2007 and was enjoyed by the first owner for five years; he covered around 10,000 miles in that time and enjoyed taking the car overseas a number of times, including several trips to Le Mans. The second owner was based in France, he collected the car from North Yorkshire and promptly drove it to the Loire Valley. After six years of ownership, he then drove the car to The Goodwood Revival where it was sold, the new owner being based in Sussex.
The Hawk Ace offers a superb combination of modern mechanical with authentic styling. Sharing the same twin rail 3½ inch diameter round tube chassis as the Hawk 289, since being built in 2007 the only major mechanical upgrade the car has received is a limited slip differential. Powered by a 2.5 litre BMW engine which is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, again a BMW unit, the front suspension is double wishbone and the rear suspension is Hawk competition leaf springs. Disc brakes with four pot calipers are on the front and the rear brakes are MGB drums. Sitting proudly on 16 inch Aston Martin wire wheels and shod with Avon Turbosteel tyres and finished in Aston Martin California Sage, this AC Ace is supplied with a V5C registration document together with an MoT test certificate valid until 5th November 2021, a collection of invoices and the French registration documents. This recreation by Hawk is an exceptional example and one that has been lovingly cherished by its former keepers."