1957 AC Ace , MILLE MIGLIA ELIGIBLE295.000 EUR

1957 AC ACE

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- Mille Miglia Eligible
- A Remarkably Original Example of the Revered AC Ace
- The Ace’s outstanding looks can be traced back to Carrozzeria Touring of Italy, the coachbuilders who created the 166 MM Barchetta for Ferrari
- 1,991 CC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
- This example has the very rare Light Weight transmission (was installed in only 7 examples) Laycock-overdrive and aluminum front calipers
- The AC Ace is a fabulous and rare classic with great history, gorgeous body, and enjoyable driving experience

Reference Number 514907

as of 10/11/2018

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Car 1957 AC Ace , MILLE MIGLIA ELIGIBLE
Exterior / Interior Color      Silver /      Red 
Condition Pristine 
Configuration Right Hand Drive (RHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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1957 AC ACE

 

- Mille Miglia Eligible

- A Remarkably Original Example of the Revered AC Ace

- The Ace’s outstanding looks can be traced back to Carrozzeria Touring of Italy, the coachbuilders who created the - - - 166 MM Barchetta for Ferrari

- 1,991 CC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine

 

 

This example has the very rare Light Weight transmission (was installed in only 7 examples) Laycock-overdrive and aluminum front calipers

The AC Ace is a fabulous and rare classic with great history, gorgeous body, and enjoyable driving experience

‘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.

 

No wonder Carroll Shelby was smitten by the Ace when he first saw one. This British-built automobile has that perfect sports car look, with a simple, unspoiled shape that is pure beauty. It was this very same model that spawned the incredibly successful Cobra.

 

The Ace’s outstanding looks can be traced back to Carrozzeria Touring of Italy, the coachbuilders who created the 166 MM Barchetta for Ferrari.

 

Upon seeing this gorgeous little Italian sports car, Englishman John Tojeiro, a mechanically minded sports car enthusiast, built his own version.

 

Based on Cooper mechanicals with an MG engine, John’s 1952 sports car was called a Cooper-MG; its registration number was LOY500.

 

The second version was registered as JOY500, which went on to become one of England’s most famous and historically significant racing cars of all time.

 

To capitalize on his competition success with his Ferrari-inspired sports car, Tojeiro sold the rights to his sports car to A.C. Cars Ltd. of Thames Ditton, Surrey, England.

 

Since 1908, Auto Carriers Limited was a small-scale manufacturer that mainly built conservatively styled saloons, although they did build the striking AC 16/18 Sports back in the late 1930s. With the postwar years booming with racing and a growing number of sports car activities, the Ace was just what the little car company south of London needed.

 

The first Ace rolled out of the A.C. factory back in 1953, and remained in production until 1963. A year after the Ace was presented to a sports car hungry public, a fastback hardtop version called the Aceca was introduced; this also remained in production until 1963.

 

All Aces were powered by a straight-six engine, although there were basically three different versions. The early cars had A.C.’s own and outdated 1,991-cc single overhead-cam powertrain that produced 85 horsepower with its three SU carbs. Sometime during 1956, a two-liter Bristol engine was introduced, thus these cars became known as the AC Bristol. However, buyers were still able to order the A.C. engine.

 

Production figures are somewhat sketchy, as we’ve seen a variety of different estimates. Using a variety of sources, mainly British, we’ve determined that about 220 A.C. Ace engines were produced, 463 Bristols and 46 Ford Zephyrs.

 

 

 

ABOUT THIS SPECIFIC EXAMPLE

 

Finished in Silver the Ace was delivered to Cyprus in 1957 to its first owner and was the sister vehicle of the AE205, the Le Mans car of 1957.

 

The vehicle is generally in very beautiful condition and so the power delivery, transmission, handling and braking performance is described as excellent.

 

The Ace has the very rare Light Weight transmission (was installed in only 7 examples) Laycock-overdrive and aluminum front calipers.

 

Is a very good driving examples and an ideal high-level driver condition.

 

Panel fit looks good, chrome and brightwork can described as being very nice.

 

From 1998, the former owner, Colin Smith, had the vehicle extensively restored by the English AC expert David Senderson, the work was completed in 2004. The engine was then completely revised and optimized by Brian Taylor (fine balancing, head machining, sharper camshaft, special pistons and connecting rods with bearing shells, etc.) which has run since completion only a few hundred Km.

In 2008, the car won the AC Owners Club Concours.

 

Its rarity, but also its sporty and powerful appearance, make this vehicle a very good choice for a subscription in the Mille Miglia.

 

 

 

CONDITION INTERIOR

 

The interior is very good and the Ace comes with black tonneau cover. We like this car’s color combination, and think it makes for one of the best looking examples we’ve ever seen.

 

 

 

DRIVING EXPERIENCE

 

The engine note is very pleasing and performance brisk.

 

We think the AC Ace is possibly one of the most quintessential British sports cars. Exuding finesse from every angle, these agile roadsters with racing pedigree are widely regarded as one of the most elegant and characterful British designs of the period.

 

This hugely attractive and beautiful example of a rare and desirable collectable is certain to deliver many hours of thrilling motoring to its next owner.

 

 

 

MORE INFORMATION

 

For more information or an appointment, please call Rutger Houtkamp+31625098150 or send an e-mail to Rutger@Houtkamp.nl. Please do not hesitate to contact us by phone during evenings or in the weekend. The Houtkamp Collection is centrally located near Amsterdam and only 10 minutes from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

 

 

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