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This unique AC Aceca-Bristol is the thinking man’s 1950s Grand Tourer

The Cobra might be the machine for which AC Cars is most well-known, but it could be argued that the Anglo-American roadster would never have come to be without the preceding Aceca-Bristol – a faster and more luxurious hard-top version of the humble Ace. Here’s your chance to own a unique prototype…

One of just 169 Aceca-Bristols built, this particular example – recorded in the factory ledger as the ‘Ex-Prototype Wide-Track Aceca’ – was originally used as a testbed for various technological advancements by the Thames Ditton company’s co-owner Charles Hurlock. It differs to other Acecas in numerous ways, not least in its sophisticated wishbone and coil-over suspension, rack-and-pinion steering, and GKN differential, all of which are said to greatly improve the car’s handling and road-holding.

One of just 169 Aceca-Bristols built, this particular example – recorded in the factory ledger as the ‘Ex-Prototype Wide-Track Aceca’ – was originally used as a testbed for various technological advancements by the Thames Ditton company’s co-owner Charles Hurlock. It differs to other Acecas in numerous ways, not least in its sophisticated wishbone and coil-over suspension, rack-and-pinion steering, and GKN differential, all of which are said to greatly improve the car’s handling and road-holding.

After its prototype duties were complete, the Aceca-Bristol’s subsequent owners included the late Sir Antony Richard Pilkington, who was a keen classic car collector. An elegant, hand-built Grand Tourer boasting both a unique provenance and specification, ‘3 KPC’ will be sold at Aguttes’ forthcoming Les Grandes Heures Automobiles sale at Montlhéry on 30 September, where it will have an attached pre-sale estimate of 200,000–300,000 euros.

 

 

 

 

 

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