1954→1963 AC Aceca-Bristol
Introduced in 1954, the Aceca was a fastback version of AC’s seminal Ace roadster. Built as an exclusive Grand Touring car, each Aceca featured new curved windshield and a hinged rear hatch.
Like the Ace, the Aceca had the same sporting independent suspension and lightweight aluminum body that made the car popular. Half way into production, the antiquated prewar AC engine was replaced by a Bristol unit having 120 bhp.
About 300 Acecas were completed before both it and the Ace were replaced by the potent AC Cobra.
|related cars||1956 AC Aceca-Bristol|
|type||Series Production Car|
|production years||1954 – 1963|
|built at||Thames Ditton, England|
|price $||$5,400 USD|
|valvetrain||OHV 2 Valves / Cyl|
|displacement||1991 cc / 121.5 in³|
|bore||65 mm / 2.56 in|
|stroke||100 mm / 3.94 in|
|power||76.1 kw / 102 bhp @ 5000 rpm|
|specific output||51.23 bhp per litre|
|bhp/weight||106.58 bhp per tonne|
|torque||167.0 nm / 123.2 ft lbs @ 4500 rpm|
|body / frame||Wood-Framed Aluminum Body over Steel Ladder-Type Frame|
|wheel type||Wire Wheels|
|f suspension||Independant w/Transverse Leaf Springs, Armstrong Tubular Damper|
|r suspension||Independant w/Transverse Leaf Springs, Armstrong Tubular Dampers|
|curb weight||957 kg / 2110 lbs|
|wheelbase||2286 mm / 90.0 in|
|front track||1270 mm / 50.0 in|
|rear track||1270 mm / 50.0 in|
|length||3848 mm / 151.5 in|
|width||1511 mm / 59.5 in|
|height||1245 mm / 49.0 in|
Auction Sales History
Auction Source: 2015 Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
Auction Source: 2012 Goodwood Revival Sale by Bonhams
1958 AC Aceca Bristol BEX709 – did not sell for €103,936 This 1958 AC Aceca offered here, chassis BEX 709, was originally delivered as an export specification car with 100 D2 Bristol engine, complete with high performance Weber carburettors. The car left the factory on 27 November, 1958 and was exported to the USA by Imperial Motors of Wilmette, Illinois, in off-white over a red leather interior. At some point in the intervening years, the car was converted to right-hand drive for the UK market.
Auction Source: 2011 London Auction by RM
The 1960 Aceca offered here, chassis BEX 739, is an original left-hand drive example, equipped with a Bristol six-cylinder engine in D2 high-performance tune and a set of Weber carburettors. Soon after acquisition by the current owner in 1998, the electrical system was re-wired in the UK by Neil Davis Racing (NDR). The well-known Bristol experts at California’s Phil Reilly & Company rebuilt the engine in the USA, and the gearbox was rebuilt in the UK during 2009 and fitted with overdrive. A great example with three separate Tour Autos and other competition outings to its credit, this Aceca is also complete with FSVA papers.
Auction Source: 2011 Salon Privé Auction by RM
1962 AC Aceca Coupe RS5506 – sold for €100,800
Chassis number ‘RS5506’ is one of only six surviving Ford-powered Acecas. A matching numbers car, it is recorded as leaving the Thames Ditton factory on 14th August 1962 for delivery to Mr Fleming, who registered it as ‘9181 ML’ on the 17th of that month. Co-incidentally, that same year Ian Fleming completed ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’, the 10th of the 14 books in the James Bond series. The Aceca passed to a Dr Webster in 1963 and then to Brian Gell in 1967 with a registration change to ‘AC 4’. In 1973 the car went to a collector in Holland, Harry van Bakel, returning to the UK in 1987 and acquiring its current registration ‘6649 TU’.