AC Ace Bristol (1957) LHD.
A splendid example of this iconic british roadster.
A lusty six-cilinder engine, lots of competition heritage and an entertaining rear-drive chassis wrapped in a slinky aluminium roadster body : that's the best description of the AC Ace Bristol. Designed in the early fifties by John Tojeiro as a one-off, but it quickly gained the approval from the Hurlock family, to be further developed into the AC Ace. Early Aces had AC's own engine, but as proposed by Ken Rudd the Bristol 2-Litre engine and gearbox were offered as an option for those who wanted more power for road or track. The Ace Bristol costed 20% more then the standard AC engined car, and almost double the price of an Austin-Healey at the time. Nowadays these cars are very sought after and extremely rare compared to their period competitors. Only 463 Aces were build with the Bristol drivetrain which makes it difficult to find one.
This particular example has some racing history in the States, and came to Europe in the early nineties. During its stay in America, it had a 289ci V8 engine installed, which was quite a popular modification at the time. Back in the UK, the car was completely restored by a marque specialist, and again fitted with the desirable 100D2 Bristol engine and gearbox. This restoration is documented with invoices and pictures.
There is of course a full weather equipment with the car, and a tonneau cover. This AC is ready to enjoy for the road, and has at the moment a belgian registration. The car has just been through technical inspection (MOT) as a modern car (not the limited classic car check), which is a proof for its quality. FIA papers also come with the car for those who want to participate in all major historic motorsport events. This gorgeous and competitively priced roadster is now in our showroom and ready for an entertaining test drive.