1960 AC ACE Roadster300.000-500.000 EUR - Estimate
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French title
Chassis no. BEX1064
Bristol engine no. 100D2 950
- Sold new by Chardonnet, the importer in Paris
- First owner from 1960-1971; second, current owner since 1971, 2 friends
- Exceptional history, with complete set of original documents
- 18,000 km from new
- Completely original, unspoiled
- "Straight from its shed

Reference Number 629668

as of 10/15/2020

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75008 Paris  Fax  +33 1 42 99 16 39  State  Paris
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Car 1960 AC ACE Roadster
VIN BEX1064 
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Known History

To discover a "sleeping beauty" remains an exceptional privilege in our profession, one driven by passion. And these discoveries live on forever in our memories.

The story of this AC Bristol is nonetheless amazing!

Mr. Guerineau, a science teacher from Rennes, regularly took part in a competition organised each month by the newspaper Ouest-France. The aim was to guess where in western France three photographs had been taken. It was therefore extremely hard to win one of the ten new Renault Dauphines!

But Mr. Guerineau talked about it to his friend, Marcel Perier, a sales rep who spent his time travelling in western France. One day, when he was chatting to him about the competition, one of his customers told him that the three photographs that month had been taken opposite his home. When he got home, Perier called his friend Guerineau and gave him the winning answers! Guerineau got his friends and family to take part and they won all the major prizes in the competition! He claimed all the prizes and resold them, giving 10% of the proceeds to the various winning players. With the money, he then rushed off to Chardonnet, AC's importer at the time, to fulfil his dream and acquire an AC Bristol Ace Roadster!

Guerineau signed the order form on 17 June 1960 and put down a 3000 FF deposit, just under 10% of the total price. The form shows that he ordered the optional front disc brakes (1050 FF) and a sports steering wheel (300 FF). He opted for red paintwork and black leather upholstery. The car was delivered on 28 June 1960, 11 days after he ordered it. The original bill of sale, included in the file, states a total price of 36,247.57 FF, which M. Guerineau settled by cheque. 11 years later, in 1971, wishing to dispose of the AC, he contacted his friend Perier and offered him the car for a nominal price, to thank him for providing the answers to the famous competition run by Ouest-France. The AC Bristol then became the property of Marcel Perier, who remains its owner, nearly 50 years on.

When we met M. Perier, he explained that he had driven the car very little, as his wife didn't like travelling in a convertible and he was content simply to admire it in his shed. Indeed, from 1971-1999, he paid the annual road tax without putting the sticker on the screen. The unused stickers remain in the file. Which all goes to prove that the AC was never driven very much and has an amazing total mileage of just 18,000 km from new!

The AC's paintwork and interior bear the exquisite patina of the passage of time. The red paint is flaking off in several places, exposing the aluminium bodywork. It has never been repainted! Inside, the passing years have treated the car kindly, leaving the black leather delightfully patinated. The carpets have understandably become unstuck in places but give it a unique and exquisite charm. The engine bay is completely original. The engine bears the number 100D2 950, as does the cylinder head, whereas the order form and riveted manufacturer's plate show 100D2 D960. After contacting the AC Club, it has been confirmed that no other engine with the number 100D2 950 is listed in the AC Bristol register, which proves that it is quite possibly a typing mistake made by the factory and not a replacement engine. At the time, everything was done manually and mistakes like this could arise. The hood, side screens and tonneau cover, stowed in its storage bag in the boot, are black and in excellent original condition. And, would you believe it, as well as being kept in the dry, the car was regularly serviced by the local garage, whose mechanic went to M. Perier's home. Despite needing a replacement water pump and a thorough service of the engine and brakes, we were able to start the AC and enjoy hearing its engine run. Naturally, the holes in its exhaust make an impressive noise. It starts on the first turn of the key and the engine runs on all six cylinders, with a completely stable idle and perfect oil pressure.

This AC Bristol Roadster is unique. Bought new in Paris from the importer Chardonnet by the best friend of the man who, in 1971, would become its current owner, it spent its life in a shed, next to a pigeon loft and behind a magnificent vegetable garden! The icing on the cake, this AC Bristol is sold with a comprehensive history file which would make any collector turn pale: the original order form and sales invoice, the original inspection sheet when it left the factory, a period sales brochure, the original spare parts manual, guarantee application card, service bills and various handwritten notes. The hood and its frame, the tonneau cover in its storage bag, the side screens, mallet and original jack are all stowed in the boot.

In short, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. To acquire an AC roadster in unspoiled, original condition, never mistreated and with its chassis number engraved in all the original places ... What can we say, this is a present which has to be earned! Notice is therefore given to all enthusiasts and collectors: this Bristol 100D2-engined AC Bristol Ace Roadster is a work of art and a hymn to the glory of time gone by.