1958 AC Bristol Ace
AC 1957 Bristol Ace
1957 AC Bristol Ace
This lovely AC comes with the original 100D engine and factory disc brakes. It was sold new in Los Angeles and retains the original, black California license plate. The car participated in many Southern California events including the Willow Springs Hill Climb in 1959. We bought the car from the second owner about three years ago and it was very original at that time (see last three photos).
The car has undergone a complete body-off restoration. The remaining photos show the car as it completes restoration (January 4, 2008).
The Ace was debuted in 1953 at the London Motor Show and was produced from 1954 to 1963. The vehicle consisted of light-weight tubular chassis with steel boxes in the front and rear which supported an transverse leaf and lower wishbone independent suspension system. The chassis was designed by John Tojeiro and power was initially provided by a Welleter-designed engine and was mounted in the front of the vehicle but placed back far enough to take advantage of balance. The body and design of the vehicle was inspired by the 2-seater Ferrari 166MM Barchetta made by Touring of Milan.
During the first year of production, there were fewer than 60 examples produced. These were all Aces - convertibles. The Aceca, a hard top variant debuted in 1954.
Due to the vehicles light weight, optimal weight distribution, responsive engine and handling, and stylish appearance, it attracted much attention.
In 1956 the Bristol-engine version was introduced, replacing the Welleter-designed motor. The Bristol 1971 cc, six cylinder engine was capable of producing 125 horsepower at 5750 rpm and propelling the light-weight car to a top speed of around 180 kph.
The vehicles came equipped with front disc brakes, Girling hydraulic shock absorbers, rack-and-pinion steering, and a four-speed manual transmission.
THE AC ACE WAS THE BASIS FOR ONE OF THE BEST KNOWN SPORTS CAR OF ALL TIME, THE SHELBY COBRA.