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Lot 264: AC 2-Litre Saloon

Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 June 2012)

Introduced in 1947, the AC 2-Litre - the company's sole model at the time - was unusual in retaining beam-axle front suspension when independent systems were becoming the norm. A spacious and well-equipped touring car, it was endowed with respectable (80mph) performance courtesy of the firm's long-established and ruggedly built overhead-cam six, which had been designed by John Weller and first ran as a 1-litre unit in 1919. Breathing through triple SU carburettors, the 1,991cc AC six produced 76bhp and was coupled to a four-speed Moss gearbox. A variety of body styles - some coachbuilt - was available on the 2-Litre chassis, including a four-door model from late 1952. Production continued, latterly alongside the Ace sports car and to special order only, until 1958, by which time approximately 1,200 2-Litre models had been produced. This example of the four-door version, only some two dozen of which were made, was purchased new by Dr Brian Lawn of Barnes, West London, who used it extensively. Latterly Dr Lawn had the AC serviced at the vendor's garage and eventually sold it to him (in May 1999). Following repairs to the ash body frame, the AC was in regular use until 2004 when it was laid up, though the engine was started as recently as 2010. Offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed, the car comes with expired MoT certificate (2004) and Swansea V5 registration document. A challenging but potentially most rewarding restoration project. No reserve.

Lot Details
Auction Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles
Bonhams, Oxford, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number264
Estimate£1000-£2000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£700
Hammer Price (inc premium)£805
Year1953
Condition rating
Registration numberTPC 842
Mileage-
Chassis numberEH2029
Engine numberUMB1942W
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors