<b>1959 AC Aceca</b><br />Chassis no. AEX674
Lot 138
1959 AC Aceca
US$ 160,000 - 200,000
£ 120,000 - 150,000

Lot Details
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1959 AC Aceca
Chassis no. AEX674

1,991cc OHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
3 SU Carburetors
102bhp at 4,500 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Independent Suspension with Transverse Leaf Springs
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*One of just 48 Aceca's built in 1959
*Rare and desirable Sports Coupe with Alloy bodywork
*Tastefully upgraded with performance-oriented details
*2015 Copperstate 1000 Rally participant


THE AC ACECA

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." -AC Heritage, Simon Taylor & Peter Burn.

The success of Cliff Davis's Tojeiro sports racer prompted AC Cars to put the design into production in 1954 as the Ace. The Davis car's pretty Ferrari 166-inspired Barchetta bodywork was retained, as was John Tojeiro's twin-tube ladder frame chassis and Cooper-influenced all-independent suspension, but the power unit was AC's own venerable, 2-liter, long-stroke six. This single-overhead-camshaft engine originated in 1919 and with a modest 80bhp (later 100bhp plus) on tap, endowed the Ace with respectable, if not outstanding, performance. A hardtop version - the fastback-styled Aceca - debuted at the Earls Court Motor Show in 1954.

The Aceca's hatchback body was constructed in hand-formed aluminum over a tubular steel framework, while the tubular chassis was more substantially built than the Ace's. To reduce noise levels within the cabin, AC mounted all major components on rubber bushes. The result was a well-engineered, light weight and extremely pretty GT car in the best AC tradition. The Aceca is also notable as being, along with the Aston Martin DB2/4, one of the first hatchback designs. Very few alterations were made to the Aceca during its production life apart from a change of engines, and in total just 151 were produced with the AC six.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Produced in 1959, this stunning Aceca is one of just 48 built in 1959. Presented in a vibrant blue with a lateral white stripe across the hood and white roundels on the doors, this rally-ready Aceca recalls the famous livery of the famed Scottish racing team Ecurie Ecosse. The paintwork is in very good condition and the spare brightwork is well finished. During its restoration, this Aceca Coupe was given tasteful bespoke features to enhance its rallying ability while still having a period-correct appearance. From the outside, the wide-rim 72-spoke wheels, side exit exhaust and Monza-style fuel filler hint at the rallying intentions of this car that are expressed more fully inside and under the hood. Inside, the red leather-trimmed interior includes a roll cage, harnesses, and a bespoke dash with additional gauges to ensure safe operation during rallies.

Under the hood, the legendary, long-stroke AC overhead cam engine has been fitted with a trio of larger SU carburetors and other enhancements including a custom exhaust system that gives this car a great timbre. In keeping with its rally pursuits, this car has a fire suppression system and exterior electrical shutoffs for safety. The sporting AC Aceca participated on the 2015 Copperstate 1000 Rally and has been shown at prestigious events such as the Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's. This rally-ready Aceca is beautifully presented throughout with thoughtful enhancements that augment the driving experience.
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