'Of them all, the Ace was the truest sports car: it could be used for daily commuting or for high-speed long-distance touring, but it could also be driven to a race meeting, campaigned with distinction, and driven home again - even if that race was the Le Mans 24 Hours.' - AC Heritage, Simon Taylor & Peter Burn.
The success of Cliff Davis's Tojeiro sports racer prompted AC Cars to put the design into production in 1954 as the Ace. The Davis car's pretty Ferrari 166-inspired barchetta bodywork was retained, as was John Tojeiro's twin-tube ladder frame chassis and Cooper-influenced all-independent suspension, but the power unit was AC's own venerable, 2-liter, long-stroke six. This single-overhead-camshaft engine originated in 1919 and with a modest 80bhp (later 100bhp) on tap, endowed the Ace with respectable, if not outstanding, performance.
In 1955, AC added a hardtop version - the fastback-styled Aceca - and from 1956 onwards both models became available with the more powerful Bristol 2-liter, six-cylinder engine with its ingeniously arranged, pushrod-operated inclined valves. Although taller and heavier than AC's own engine, the BMW-based Bristol was considerably more powerful thanks to its superior cylinder head design and down-draught carburettors. Up to 130bhp was available from the Bristol unit in road trim, in which form the Ace could touch 120mph (195km/h), while around 150bhp could be wrung from it for racing.
The combination of a fine-handling chassis and a decent power-to-weight ratio helped the Ace to numerous successes in production sports car racing; arguably its finest achievement being a first-in-class and seventh overall finish at Le Mans in 1959. Indeed, its basic soundness and versatility were reflected in the fact that relatively few major changes were found necessary when the Ace was endowed with Ford V8 power to create the legendary Cobra.
Of the 463 Ace Bristol’s produced at the Thames Ditton Works, only 100 of them came in right hand drive.
The Motorcar offered is BE 294, it is one of sixteen right hand drive Ace Bristols that were exported. 294 left the Thames Ditton works on the 18th May 1957 and had been shipped to Hong Kong.
The first custodian of this motorcar Ron Hardwick, a Cathay Pacific pilot, said he fell into racing almost by accident. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Hardwick, the son of a British Army captain, said he had raced motorcycles around the then undeveloped new territories.
After buying a Triumph TR2 to drive around Europe on holiday, the service manager for Far East Motors Eddie Carvalho, winner of the initial 1954 Grand Prix, entered his car in the race without telling him.
'Eddie was a crazy guy and it was just like him to do that and at the time they were scraping to get as many people down to Macau as possible. I had been racing in a few hill climbs with the Hong Kong Motor Sport Club and done alright so I thought why not’
After finishing out of the running in the '55 race with a blown engine and missing the 1956 GP due to work commitments.
Hardwick returned to the Guia Circuit , in his recently acquired AC Ace Bristol (BE294), he achieved his best lap time of 3m and 45.7s, the third fastest lap on the grid 11 seconds behind the leading Mercedes 300SL of Pateman. He completed the 77 lap of Guia in a swift 4 hours 58 minutes and 15 seconds, under four minutes behind the winning Mercedes 300SL.
Hardwick returned the following year for the fifth Macau grand prix , battling it out for second place with the XK140 of Tom Reynolds. Hardwick managed to lap Barnes in the Porsche 1600 on the 48th lap, Barnes would go on to place 3rd, Hardwick comfortably claimed 2nd and Chan Lye-Choon placed 1st.
The 1958 Grand Prix Weekend included multiple short races of which Hardwick showed a great performance, placing 1st in the A.C.P Trophy race and 3rd in the Production Car Race.
Hardwick would eventually go on to win the Macau Grand prix in 1959 in a Jaguar XKSS.
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1964 Aston Martin DB5
This matching numbers 1964 Aston Martin DB5, in factory Silver Birch with black interior.
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1953 AC Buckland Sports Tourer
AC Buckland Year:1953 Chassis No: EH1984 Registration No: PAR 419
The AC Buckland is a development from the AC two litre saloon,which is the highest produced vehicle by AC cars, however the Buckland is a rarer breed with only sixty of the open top tourers produced with even fewer being the straight door mark one.
Here we have one of the AC Owners Club founders Harold Day’s AC Buckland racer, after competing in events at Goodwood,Brands Hatch and Silverstone.The most notable being the first AC to compete at the Chichester based circuit. The vehicle has been restored from the ground up,it retains its original chassis and the period aluminium bodywork, this has been stripped back to bare metal, media blasted and bodywork imperfections were restored, however unlike most race cars, this does retain the fabric that it left the factory with.
Additional original parts including original front and rear bench seats, hood frame, full windscreen and fuel tank are included however these need refurbishing if the new custodian would like to convert the vehicle back to full road specification. The dashboard has the original gauges that have been mechanically rebuilt leaving the original AC faces on show.
The racer features an aluminium radiator, oil cooling system, Kenlow fan, bespoke shock absorbers and stainless steel exhaust system. Furthermore all running gear has been totally nut and bolt rebuilt,
In addition to this the brake system includes braided brake hoses, uprated brake shoes with competition linings have been installed. The drivetrain has been rebuilt including bearings, seals, and crown wheel and pinion.
The Fuel delivery system includes a facet electric fuel pump in addition to this all electrical loom has been overhauled. Furthermore the wheels were shot blasted,painted and sporting Dunlop L section competition tyres.
Other race specification features of the car includes aluminium foam filed fuel tank, safety features including a battery cut off switch and fire extinguisher.
PAR 419 Competition History
In 1953 the car had its feet first on the track at the Silverstone eights club event on the 6th of June, it then went on to make history as the first known AC to compete at Goodwood on 25th July and then once again on the 12th September. Additional eventsin 1953 included the Eastbourne rally and the Chichester Motor Club Concours. Only having a single showing in 1954 when it competed at the Eights Club at Silverstone in May. After a year off from the track it returned back to the Eights Club once again on the 2nd of June 1956. Then it attended the AC Owners club sprint meeting at Brands Hatch on the 16th September. It returned to the track the following year on the 1st June for a sprint, in the company of three drivers, Harold and Elizabeth Day also George Griggs. It then went on to compete in the Silverstone eights club once again, and lastly the Heston Concours 57’.
Just under a decade later the Buckland sprung onto Brands Hatch for a AC Owners Club Sprint in 1966 under new custodianship. Later in its life it competed in the Goodwood Revival in the Fordwater Trophy in 2015, exactly sixty two years to the day that H.Day competed in a Handicap race on the 12th September 1953. It most recently competed in the AC owners club sprint in November 2015 at Goodwood, and would have been awarded the Knickered Demon Trophy (Fastest AC engine AC) if the Driver had been a club member.
Personally Owned by Derek Hurlock , OPG 192, built in 1950 at AC Cars in Thames Ditton works where it was fitted with Independent Front Suspension the result was a very robust split-axle suspension , the outcome of the exercise was rather mixed; the ride and steering on poor road surfaces was greatly improved, but made the steering somewhat heavier than beam-axled cars. The company, seeing in the far and not too distant future the end of volume production for the saloon, lost interest in the future development of the IFS. This holding significant value being the only Two Litre to have IFS. The car has been displayed at Club Events by Derek Hurlock. OPG 192 is captured here at a very wet Silverstone. In addition to this following the end of the second world war, the RAC Rally was finally revived in 1951. OPG 192 was entered by AC Cars for the event, driven by Derek Hurlock and Jock Henderson. The start of the rally was in Hastings and the finish in Bournemouth. The car had been photographed on the rally as seen. Being rich in history of AC cars, its a project worth saving, would make a genuine period competition or rally car.
The Two Litre requires a complete restoration of body, wood and mechanical work, the engine was in running condition prior to removal four years ago, however it has been put into storage. The cars leather interior and other components e.g steering wheel etc seem in good condition still.
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1998 Porsche 911 Carrera 2
We have recently taken this vehicle as a part exchange.
A well cared for 996 Porsche Carrera 2, as seen in most desirable colour scheme Silver with black leather interior.
This vehicle pulls exceptionally well, with a recent clutch replacement, and has had no expense spared on maintenance .
This is a rare, desirable and classic American muscle car. An genuine early 1966 'GT' coupe, very original, no power brakes, no power steering…this car was built to go fast. Original Raven Black, built in San Jose, CA in October 1965 (1966 cars were built from August 65, so this is an early 66 car). Standard black vinyl interior with a Hurst 4 Speed Manual transmission.
In 1961, Lee Iacocca, vice president and general manager of the Ford Motor Company, had a vision. He imagined a car that would seat four people, have bucket seats, a floor mounted shifter, be no more than 180 inches long, weigh less than 2,500 pounds, and sell for less than $2,500.00. His dream became a reality when the Ford Mustang was born. The first generation Mustang was launched in April 1964 with Ford running three advertising campaigns on all three major TV channels across America at the same time. On the first day the car became available, Ford sold 22,000 Mustangs and by the end of the year, nearly half a million Mustangs had found new homes. A range of engines, body styles and extras ensured that the Mustang had a very broad appeal. In 1965 the 'Mustang GT' was introduced and featured five dial instruments, thicker roll bars, quick ratio steering, dual exhausts that exited through the rear valance, dual mounted fog lights in the grille, and special lower body side stripes. Another popular option was the 'Rally Pac' which added a tachometer and a clock. To this day, the GT models are the most desirable and sought-after of all the Mustangs.
This is a truly great example of a 1966 Mustang GT. 4 speed manual. It has the 289 ci, A Code 4.7-litre which produced 225 bhp. It has spent all it’s life in Southern California. When it was bought by the current owner about 2 years ago, where it had been dry stored in a Huntingdon Beach garage and off the road for many years, it was very solid but needed some work to get it to run again. The previous owner bought it in 1968/69, his son said his father used to take the car to the Lions Drag Strip, Long Beach CA at weekends before it closed in 72. It was set up for weekend racing at the drag strip as it’s a very quick car.
It has a manual Hurst 4 speed shifter, factory front and rear seat belts, the carpets look new. Headline is all original and in good condition, the radio works. It originally had Center Line rims but these have now been changed back to the original GT rims and new tyres with less that 500 miles on them. Limited slip diff. So apart from cleaning it up and getting it road worthy and drivable this is a very original car.
All taxes and duties are paid, it has a new MOT and tax exempt.
Work to date: - Repair radiator, flush & clean - Clean up engine bay - Clean up engine & transmission - Fresh oil change - Turn rear drums - Flush fuel tank & fuel lines - New engine harness wiring - New Battery - New front brake callipers - New front & rear brake hoses - Resurface flywheel - New clutch & pressure plate - New bearings throughout - New pan gasket - New spark plugs - New air cleaner and filter - New starter cable - New valve cover gaskets - New carburettor - New fan belts - New fuel filter - New header gaskets - New header bolts - New exhaust - New water pump - New brake master cylinder - New points - New rear brake shoes & wheel cylinders
We have included a video quick walk around the car plus a short video taken in California of it being driven around and before it was shipped over to the UK (still on the old Center Line rims)…and a few period images from the Lions Drag Strip where is would have competed in a ‘Run what you brung’ type of event.