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Lot 222: AC Aceca V8 Coupé

The Monaco Sale, Bonhams (11 May 2012)

A year after the Ace roadster's 1954 debut, a hardtop version - the fastback-styled Aceca coupé - arrived, powered by the same 2.0-litre long-stroke six. The following year the more powerful (up to 130bhp) Bristol six-cylinder engine became available, and thus equipped the Ace/Aceca could touch 120mph, its combination of a fine-handling chassis and decent power-to-weight ratio making for delightful motoring. From 1958 front disc brakes were fitted and later models had AC's own gearbox in place of the earlier Moss 'box. The design's ultimate expression, though, was the Cobra. Brainchild of Texan racing driver Carroll Shelby, the latter successfully combined the Ace's simple twin-tube chassis frame - supplied with four-wheel disc brakes for the Cobra - and a small-block Ford V8 to create one of the all-time great classic sports cars. AC Cars never got around to building a closed, Aceca-style version of the Cobra, though the Frua-styled AC 428, introduced in 1966, did use a lengthened Cobra MkIII chassis frame. This unusual car represents one unknown individual's attempt to construct a 'closed Cobra' using an Aceca-Bristol coupé re-engined with a 289ci (4.7-litre) Ford V8, which is coupled to a Borg Warner T10 close-ratio manual gearbox and a Salisbury limited slip differential, and thus offers an intriguing glimpse of what AC themselves might have achieved. Chassis number 'BE575' was exported to the USA in 1958 and is believed to have been converted in 1965 using contemporary parts. Of left-hand drive configuration, the Aceca was purchased in 2009 in California, USA by the current vendor, who knows of only two previous owners. Finished in dark blue metallic with black leather interior, the car is described as in generally excellent condition and offered with tool kit, sundry recent bills and copies of the FIVA identity card, Swiss Carte Grise and technical inspection. A wonderful opportunity to acquire a unique V8-engined AC Aceca in the Cobra's 50th anniversary year.

Lot Details
Auction The Monaco Sale
Bonhams, Monaco
TypeCar
Lot Number222
Estimate€120000-€150000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€120000
Hammer Price (inc premium)€138000
Year1956
Condition rating1
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis numberBE575
Engine numberCHOE-6015F
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2