1959 AC Ace Bristol Roadster / BEX 1090 Vehicle Information

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol1959 AC Ace Bristol1959 AC Ace Bristol1959 AC Ace Bristol1959 AC Ace Bristol1959 AC Ace Bristol1959 AC Ace Bristol1959 AC Ace Bristol1959 AC Ace Bristol1959 AC Ace Bristol1959 AC Ace Bristol1959 AC Ace Bristol1959 AC Ace Bristol1959 AC Ace Bristol1959 AC Ace Bristol
Roadster
Chassis #: BEX 1090
Engine #: 100 D2 1000
Sold for $217,250 at 2011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions.
Sold for $286,000 at 2013 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Auction.
Sold for $340,616 (€304,750) at 2015 Bonhams : The Chantilly Sale.
The AC Ace was based on a sports racing car designed by John Tojeiro. It was equipped with a four-speed independent suspension and sleek bodywork reminiscent of contemporary Ferrari Barchettas. The Bristol 'six' became available in 1956, which upgraded the standard Ace to 'Ace Bristol' specifications. This gave the 103 horsepower engine a boost in power to 125 in its ultimate D2 specification.

The Bristol-powered Aces did well in competition, winning three successive SCCA E-Production championships between 1957 and 1959, followed by two D-Production championships in 1960 and 1961. It scored second in class at LeMans in 1957 and 1958 and a sterling class victory and seventh overall in 1959.

This AC Ace Bristol, chassis number BEX1090, is a left-hand example that was originally finished in white with a black-trimmed cockpit. It came equipped with factory-original options that included a heater, oil cooler and oil-temperature gauge. Charles Kaleta purchased it directly from the AC works for his son Charles J., who planned to study in Switzerland. Charles later brought the car to the United States. It was sold in 1962 to a University of Chicago professor. This was followed by several more owners before eventually coming into the care of a AC marque specialist named Jerry Bensinger. At that time, it required a complete restoration, though it remained in complete and unmolested condition.

During the restoration process, the engine was completely disassembled, but the body was not removed form car car's tubular chassis. All aluminum body panels were repaired or replaced. Once completed, the car was refinished in dark blue and re-trimmed with black upholstery.

The restoration process was completed in the late 2000s.

In 2011, this car was offered for sale at the RM Auction sale in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was estimated to sell for $175,000 - $225,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $217,250 inclusive of buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2011


2015 Bonhams : The Chantilly Sale

Sale Price :
$340,616 (€304,750.00)

2013 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Auction

Sale Price :
$286,000

2011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$175,000-$225,000 
Sale Price :
$217,250

1959 AC Ace Bristol Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1959 sales)
1959 AC Ace-Bristol
Chassis#: BEX 1087
Sold for $274,400
  2019 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1959 AC ACE-Bristol
Chassis#: BEX 1003
Sold for $451,000
  2017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
 
1959 AC Ace Roadster
Chassis#: BEX447
Sold for $220,000
  2017 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Pacific Grove Auction
1959 AC Ace Bristol image  1959 AC Ace Bristol image  
1959 AC Ace Bristol
Chassis#: BEX 1099
Sold for $242,000
  2017 Gooding & Co. : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1959 AC Ace Bristol roadster
Chassis#: BEX 1127
Sold for $360,387
  2016 Rétromobile 2016 by Artcurial Motorcars
 
1959 AC Ace Bristol
Chassis#: BEX 1090
Sold for $340,616
  2015 Bonhams : The Chantilly Sale
1959 AC Ace Bristol image  1959 AC Ace Bristol image  
1959 AC Ace Bristol
Chassis#: BEX 1090
Sold for $286,000
  2013 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Auction
1959 AC Ace Bristol image  1959 AC Ace Bristol image  
1959 AC Ace Bristol Roadster
Chassis#: BEX1090
Sold for $217,250
  2011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions
1959 AC Ace Bristol image  1959 AC Ace Bristol image  
1959 AC Ace Bristol Roadster
Chassis#: BEX1118
Sold for $253,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
 
1959 AC Aceca Bristol 100D2
Chassis#: BE 755
Sold for $51,734
  2005 Coys Auction - True Greats
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1959 AC Ace Bristol's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1959 AC Ace Bristol RoadsterBEX11152010 Bonhams Goodwood Revival, Chichester, Sussex $160,000$180,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the AC Ace1956 Roadster
Chassis Num: AEX 160
Engine Num: CL 2290 WT
Chassis information for the AC Ace1956 Roadster
Chassis Num: AEX 93
Chassis information for the AC Ace1956 Roadster
Chassis Num: BE 172
Engine Num: 100D 520
Chassis information for the AC Ace1956 Roadster
Chassis Num: BEX 223
Engine Num: 100D 559
Chassis information for the AC Ace Bristol1957 Roadster
Chassis Num: AEX 142
Engine Num: 110D2 889
Chassis information for the AC Ace Bristol1957 Roadster
Chassis Num: BEX 274
Engine Num: 10 0D 603
Chassis information for the AC Ace Bristol1957 Roadster
Chassis Num: BEX 329
Engine Num: 100D 682
Chassis information for the AC Ace Bristol1957 Roadster
Chassis Num: BEX 404
Engine Num: 100D 760
Chassis information for the AC Aceca1958 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: AE650
Engine Num: CL2350WT
Chassis information for the AC Ace Bristol1958 Roadster
Chassis Num: BEX 389
Engine Num: 738 D
Chassis information for the AC Ace Bristol1958 Roadster
Chassis Num: BEX 436
Engine Num: 805 D2 or 100D2 805
Chassis information for the AC Aceca Bristol1958 Coupe
Chassis Num: BEX 632
Chassis information for the AC Aceca Bristol1958 Coupe
Chassis Num: BEX 670
Engine Num: 100D 775
Chassis information for the AC Aceca Bristol1958 Coupe
Chassis Num: BEX 678
Engine Num: 859 D2
Chassis information for the AC Aceca1958 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: BEX 703
Engine Num: 887 D2
Chassis information for the AC Ace Bristol1959 Roadster
Chassis Num: BEX 1090
Engine Num: 100 D2 1000
Chassis information for the AC Ace Bristol1959 Roadster
Chassis Num: BEX447
Chassis information for the AC Ace1960 Roadster
Chassis Num: AEX 1194
Engine Num: CLBN2476WT
Chassis information for the AC Aceca1960 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: BE771
Engine Num: 984D2
Chassis information for the AC Ace1960 Roadster
Chassis Num: BEX 1054
Engine Num: 100D2 944
Chassis information for the AC Ace1960 Roadster
Chassis Num: BEX1072
Engine Num: 992D2
Chassis information for the AC Ace1963 Roadster
Chassis Num: BEX.1210
Engine Num: 1163D2


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