The unique sports car AC Aceca-Bristol 1959 will be sold at auctionSeptember 22, 2018
The AC Aceca-Bristol 1959 exists in a single copy
The auction house Aguttes will put up for sale the only existing copy of the grand tourer AC Aceca-Bristol model in 1959, owned personally by the head of the company AC Cars, Charles Harlow. In the factory records of the plant the car is listed as “the former prototype Aceca with extended track”, which tested various technologies and engineering solutions.
Of the usual Aceca-Bristol, produced in the period from 1956 to 1963 in the number of 169 copies, the car with the chassis number “A83 / A86” differs a little wider body with the expanders of arches that appeared here earlier than on the legendary Cobra, the front and rear glass of another form, and ventilation “gills” on the hood and front wings.
The technical stuffing of the prototype is also more advanced: the suspension on the wishbones, the Armstrong spring-hydraulic struts, the Triumph Herald front arms, the aluminum wheel hubs, the GKN differential and the rack-and-pinion steering. All this usual Aceca-Bristol was not.
Under the hood of the Grand Tourer is a two-liter six-cylinder Bristol D-Type engine, which produces 125 horsepower. It is placed a little closer in front of the car to make room at the feet of the driver and passenger. The gearbox is a four-speed manual transmission.
The most famous model of AC Cars, produced from 1961 to 1967, was the roadster Cobra. The sports cars of the last, third generation were equipped with a 7.0-liter V8 Ford engine with a capacity of 410 forces and 657 Nm of torque. From a place to hundreds AC Cobra 427 was dispersed for 4.2 seconds, and its maximum speed was 266 kilometers per hour.