• Year of manufacture 
    1958
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Chassis number 
    BEX495
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Restored
  • Metallic 
    Yes
  • Interior colour 
    Beige
  • Interior type 
    Leather
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Green
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

1958 AC Ace-Bristol Roadster Chassis no. BEX495 •A landmark sports car in its most desirable specification •Original left-hand drive US-market model •Rare disc-braked model •Overdrive transmission •Recent professional restoration. "Of them all, the Ace was the truest sports car: it could be used for daily commuting or for high-speed long-distance touring, but it could also be driven to a race meeting, campaigned with distinction, and driven home again - even if that race was the Le Mans 24 Hours."
Only 223 cars were delivered with the 2.0-litre AC engine compared with 463 Bristol-engined cars and a further 37 Ford-powered examples. The car offered here – chassis number 'BEX495' - was manufactured in left-hand drive configuration for the United States market and shipped to Hap Dressel's AC Imports dealership in Arlington, Virginia on 1st October 1958. The Ace was owned by just one person throughout the majority of its life. In 2018, the Ace returned home following complete 'last nut and bolt' restoration and was first registered in the UK on 1st June of that year. The restoration included a complete strip and rebuild of the correct Type D engine using Cosworth pistons, and the installation of a new stainless-steel exhaust system. The exterior and interior were likewise refurbished to the highest possible standards by recognised specialists, the former being repainted in Sage Green and the latter trimmed in tan leather. This is a superb car and drives amazing.