1958 AC Aceca-Bristol

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The first AC Aceca fitted with the uprated 122 BHP D2 engine

  • Engine No: 100 D2 813 Bristol D2 engine, the first Aceca fitted with the Bristol engine

  • First registered 2 July 1958. Full matching numbers, original engine, gearbox and chassis

  • Long term ownership from March 1966 to 2005 before being purchased by our vendor

  • Partially stripped in August 1967 and remained that way for 38 years

  • Lovely detailed history of our vendor's journey returning the Aceca to glorious health. Notable 'Concours' success 2015 - 2018 winning the 2018 ACOC Hurlock Trophy as 'Champion Car'  

British racing driver and wizard tuner, Ken Rudd, whose business K.N.Rudd Ltd. were official suppliers of AC cars in the mid-1950s, developed the very first Ace-Bristol and it wasn't long before his hybrid was quickly adopted by the AC factory. First shown in autumn 1956, the AC Ace-Bristol and its coupé sibling, the Aceca-Bristol, were in production by the spring of 1957. Because it was not only more powerful than AC's own engine but capable of a lot more development, the Bristol unit made these cars much more suited for competition and the extra power seemed to get the best out of a very capable chassis.

The roots of the Ace-Bristol design go back to the Thirties, when BMW engine design-chief, Fritz Feider, produced a series of six-cylinder engines that culminated in the 1971-cc unit of the fabled 328. After World War II, Bristol of England 'acquired' the design by somewhat dubious means and manufactured it in the UK. By the mid-1950s, Bristol was happy to supply this remarkable engine to other low volume car makers.

#BE662 was delivered in June 1958 to K.N.Rudd Ltd. to fulfil an order that had been placed by Flying Officer J H Scullard. Subsequently, it was purchased by Graham Enfield on the 25 March 1966 from Camden Motors who had had it on their stock since Feb 1966 and he was to own it until his death in 2005 when our vendor became the AC's next custodian. Perhaps with motorsport in mind (he was later to race an Aston and a Porsche) Graham took the car of the road August 1967 to rebuild it and the car then spent 38 years in various addresses, Ruislip, Maidstone and Northamptonshire whilst Graham focused on a life of working and family. In fact it appears that a considerable amount of work had indeed been carried out on the AC as, to quote our vendor, 'When purchased in 2005 the chassis would roll and I asked the estate to blow the tyres up before I collected so I could put it on the trailer, wow it rolled so easily, it would appear that the suspension, brakes etc were rebuilt previously, the rusty discs were just corroded, new and unused, it came with almost all the original parts, engine, diff, gearbox, wood, seats, all in all about 50 boxes! It was so complete in the boxes that I had a new alloy fuel tank, 3 new Solex carburettors, a new distributor, and even a replacement rear window catch for the one original that had broken.'

It also transpired that at some point the chassis had been modified at the rear to take Jaguar Mk II wheels as Aceca tyres were not available, however, our vendor decided to leave the chassis as altered and source some new 15” x 6.5” MWS wheels and Avon radial tyres. Progress during the next 10 years is best described by our articulate owner; 'In September 2005, I bought a windscreen from Autoglazing, Huntingdon and a new rear screen was obtained from Geoff Leigh in ManchesterThe car was sent away 2006 to have the chassis grit blasted by an “Artist in Grit Blasting” to remove the green Hammerite paint and rust and they sprayed the chassis black. I did not want to remove the body but they managed to access 95% of the chassis Not knowing too much about AC cars the Aceca was slowly rebuilt and parts put back together by myself and Lewis Beales a motor vehicle lecturer, usually on a Thursday evening. We removed the head from the engine, it was all new inside and rebuilt by Bristol Motor Co and left on the garage floor but was regularly turned over by hand with oil in the bores. In 2010, the car was sent to Nigel Winchester for new sills. Seats and dash taken to Gibson Car & Coach Trimmers in Harrogate to be recovered with new leather and carpet, additional carpet and leather purchased at the same time to complete the trimming elsewhere.December 2012, the car went away for a week to Jody Arch at JA Classics Kimbolton to have a few odd jobs done and the engine to be started for the first time in 46 years which it did when the distributor was reset. It did blow oil out as the pressure relief valve was stuck after the engine had been sitting on the floor, quick r

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This item is part of The Silverstone Classic Sale 2019 -D1 - Cars
 Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 | 2:00 PM  EUR (BST)
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1958 AC Aceca-Bristol
1958 AC Aceca-Bristol
Lot number: 210
Seller: Silverstone Auctions
Event: The Silverstone Classic Sale 2019 -D1 - Cars
Ends: Saturday, July 27 | 2:00 PM  EUR (BST)

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