1959 AC Ace



  • Year of manufacture 
  • Mileage 
    62 080 mi / 99 909 km
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Chassis number 
    BEX 1071
  • Engine number 
  • Drive 
  • Condition 
  • Exterior brand colour 
    bare aluminum
  • Interior colour 
  • Interior type 
  • Number of doors 
  • Number of seats 
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
  • Gearbox 
  • Performance 
    135 BHP / 137 PS / 101 kW
  • Drivetrain 
  • Fuel type 


1959 AC Bristol Ace
Engine 100D2/991
Original color: Mail Red

A very original California car that had been in storage over the last 40 years. The original body is now in bare aluminum and in excellent condition with most of the original interior. The original engine and transmission have been restored by Niederst Restorations along with the brakes, suspension and rear axle. The car is fully sorted and has been used on rallies and driven on the back roads around Santa Barbara. It is eligible for most events worldwide and would be a comfortable, reliable, and competitive ride.
With it's bare aluminum finish, BEX1071 won BEST OF SHOW at the Petersen Museum's Global Cars and Coffee event April 26, 2020.

Options on this car include:
1. Original soft top with matching side curtains
2. Original hardtop with matching side curtains
3. Original tonneau
4. Overdrive
5. Air straighteners
6. Disc brakes

Spares include:
1. Close ratio gear set for transmission
2. carburators
3. brake drums
4. rear axle assembly
5. oil filters and misc supplies
6. clutch
7. horns
8. misc gaskets and parts
9. push rods

Owner history:
Base on letters from AC CARS, LTD, this car was manufactured June 8, 1959 and delivered to Worldwide Imports in Los Angeles, CA. In April 1961 it was first sold to William A Faris, Sacramento, CA. He later sold the car to Michael G Ackerman, San Francisco, CA. In May of 1974, Jay Jacobs would purchase the Ace and keep it until purchased by Smiekel in October 2017.

AC history:
The company, AC, was started in 1904 as Auto-Carriers and produced a number of sports and racing cars up until the start of World War II. The AC Ace was designed by John Tojeiro in 1953 and is similar to the Ferrari Barchetta of the same era. The Ace was a competitive racer that could be driven to the track, raced, and then driven home. In 1957 the Bristol engine was added and the car became even more powerful. In 1959 an Ace finished 7th overall at LeMans and 1st in the GT two liter class. The Ace won the SCCA championship 6 years in a row, each year being moved up to the next class and then winning again.