1956 AC Ace

Bristol Roadster

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1956
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Chassis number 
    BEX222
  • Lot number 
    406
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Restored
  • Interior colour 
    Red
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Grey
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

British title
Chassis n° BEX222
Engine n° 100D2 1038

- Engine completely rebuilt and improved
- Superb presentation
- Sought after model

A tubular chassis designed by John Tojeiro, an engine derived from the BMW pre-war six-cylinder engine and a body inspired by the Ferrari 166. This was the recipe used for one of the most authentic British sports cars of its day, built under the direction of Cliff Davis.

This Bristol-engined AC Ace was originally left-hand drive. Exported to the US, it belonged to RB Hayward and then from June 1994 to Keith Roach (of Roach Manufacturing & Engineering). It was sold to the previous owner on 9 July 2010. While in the hands of its first owner, the car was fitted with a more powerful 100D2 version of the Bristol engine. Recently, this engine was completely rebuilt to improve its performance so that the car could be used on the road and the track. Work was carried out on the cylinder head, the crankshaft, and new Cosworth pistons and special rods were fitted, increasing the power output to 150 bhp. The valves and their guides as well as gaskets and other minor items were replaced with high quality parts. Notably, the oil pump and starter motor were renewed, the overdrive gearbox was rebuilt with close ratio gears, and an aluminium radiator and Kenlowe electric fan were installed. The car has a gel battery and five new 15-inch wire wheels. There are invoices documenting this work. Thus equipped, this AC is perfectly adapted to long distance trips and touring. The presentation is nice, inside and out, with red leather bucket seats and a superb dashboard. A beautiful example of a sought-after classic bringing together a wonderful sound and subtle styling with a truly sporting performance.