1958 AC AceSOLD

Gooding & Company Classic Car Auctions

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Scottsdale Auctions on January 18 and 19, 2013. For further details please visit www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960 or specialist@goodingco.com. Engine Specifications: 1,991 CC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine Three SU Carburetors 102 BHP at 4,500 RPM 4-Speed Manual Gearbox 4-Wheel Drum Brakes 4-Wheel Independent Suspension with Transverse Leaf Springs About this Car: Advertising its cars as “tailor-made at the Savile Row of Motordom,” AC is an esteemed name among British carmakers dating back as early as 1913. One of AC’s most prominent post-war sports cars, the athletic and sleek Ace was first presented at the 1953 London Motor Show. With its Italian-influenced design, the Ace went on to serve as the basis for the legendary Shelby Cobra. Purists will delight in the refined, uncluttered design of this iconic roadster inside and out. The consignor notes that this Ace has accumulated approximately 28,000 miles from new. He also reports that the AC remains in original, unrestored condition, and the aluminum coachwork shows no signs of damage. The paint, now more than 25 years old, is a refinish of its original, seldom seen AC Rouge Iris color, with minor lacquer checking on some panels, which is not uncommon for a finish of this vintage. All inclement-weather gear including top, tonneau, and side curtains are also original. The interior boasts its factory-trimmed Connolly gray leather seats, dash, door panels, and Wilton wool carpet, all displaying the irreplaceable patina of aged, high-quality materials. A periodcorrect oil temperature gauge has been added to complement the well-ordered instrument panel beneath the Ace’s signature barrel-profile cowl. Additionally, the mechanical components are original, with only the wheels upgraded in a nod to safety with new Dayton wires. This devilishly handsome Ace — one of only 220 produced—left the AC Works at Thames Ditton, England, for New York on June 21, 1958. For nearly 30 years of its 54-year history, the factory left-hand-drive example was under the stewardship of its original owner, Shelby Walker of Concord, New Hampshire, who, in his early years of ownership, campaigned the Ace in amateur competition events. In all, just five individuals have been fortunate enough to claim ownership of this prized vehicle, each apparently a genteel steward of originality. In February 2009, the Ace came under the care of its current owner and has since been maintained as part of an eclectic collection in Scottsdale. In its heyday, the Ace ran alongside the Jaguar XK120 and 140, the Austin-Healey 100M, and the Porsche 356 speedster. This rare AC Ace is ready for most vintage events, social and competitive alike. Exemplifying swiftness, agile performance, and elegant simplicity, this Ace has a firm footing in the timelessness of a golden era.

Reference Number 206521

as of 2/15/2013

Car 1958 AC Ace
VIN AEX-456 
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