The success of Cliff Davis’ Tojeiro sports-racer prompted AC Cars to put the design into production in 1954 as the Ace. The Davis car’s pretty Ferrari 166-inspired barchetta body work was retained, as was John Tojeiro’s twin-tube ladder frame chassis and Cooper-influenced all-independent suspension, but the power unit was AC’s own venerable, 2.0-litre, long-stroke six.
This overhead-camshaft engine originated in 1919 and with a modest 80bhp (later 100bhp) on tap, endowed the Ace with respectable, if not outstanding, performance. A hardtop version – the fastback-styled Aceca coupé – debuted at the Earls Court Motor Show in 1954. The Aceca’s hatchback body was constructed in hand-formed aluminium over a tubular steel framework, while the tubular chassis was more substantially built than the Ace’s. To reduce noise levels within the cabin, AC mounted all major components on rubber bushes. The result was a well-engineered, light in weight and extremely pretty GT car in the best AC tradition.
Very few alterations were made to the Ace and Aceca apart from a change of engine for 1956 when the more-powerful (up to 130bhp) 2.0-litre Bristol six-cylinder engine became available, while towards the end of production the 2.6-litre Ford Zephyr engine was on offer also. The combination of a fine-handling chassis and a decent power-to-weight ratio – the Bristol-engine could touch 120mph and helped the Ace version to numerous successes in production sports car racing, arguably its finest achievement being a 1st-in-class and 7th overall finish at Le Mans in 1959.
The AC Aceca was introduced in 1954 as the coupe variant of the open AC Ace. A total of 151 copies of the AC Aceca were built between 1954 and 1963. Then came the successor, the famous AC Cobra. The Aceca has a magnificent GT body made of aluminium, and features a 6-cylinder engine with 3 carburettors.
This matching numbers example is offered having benefitted from much maintenance history over the years, with recent work having been completed to the engine, carburettors, clutch brakes and steering. The Aceca is offered with a current MOT certificate which is valid to November 2017.
Offered in original condition with a beautiful patina, this is a very good looking sports GT car which is eligible for many historic motor racing events, and one which we are sure will provide many years of enjoyment for the next owner.
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