1960 AC Aceca
Year of manufacture1960
Mileage17 483 mi / 28 137 km
Exterior brand colourRed
-Red with Black leather interior, Black carpeting, 4-speed manual, Original LHD, Numbers matching, 17,000 miles from new, 1 of only 151 of the desirable first-edition Acecas built with the 2.0L AC engine, Original-Sympathetically restored and maintained when and where needed, 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.
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. The Aceca was then sold to its most recent owner and has only recently come into Autosport Designs ownership.
Currently in exceptional condition throughout, 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.
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.
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, the Colorado Grand as well as the famed Italian Mille Miglia.
Extensively serviced in 2019 and maintained properly since, this AC is extremely user friendly and a joy to drive, even by modern day standards. Mechanically serviced and sorted, it is ready for immediate use and enjoyment.