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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
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 :
USD $340,616 (€304,750.00)

2013 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Auction

Sale Price :
USD $286,000

2011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $175,000-USD $225,000 
Sale Price :
USD $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 USD$274,400
  2019 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1959 AC ACE-Bristol
Chassis#: BEX 1003
Sold for USD$451,000
  2017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
 
1959 AC Ace Roadster
Chassis#: BEX447
Sold for USD$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 USD$242,000
  2017 Gooding & Co. : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1959 AC Ace Bristol roadster
Chassis#: BEX 1127
Sold for USD$360,387
  2016 Rétromobile 2016 by Artcurial Motorcars
 
1959 AC Ace Bristol
Chassis#: BEX 1090
Sold for USD$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 USD$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 USD$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 USD$253,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
 
1959 AC Aceca Bristol 100D2
Chassis#: BE 755
Sold for USD$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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AC Ace Bristol Vehicle Profiles
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: AE73
Model Year: 1955
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Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Model Year: 1956
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Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Model Year: 1956
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Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Model Year: 1956
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Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: AEX 160
Engine Num: CL 2290 WT
Model Year: 1956
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: AEX 93
Model Year: 1956
Profile and Auction History

Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BE 172
Engine Num: 100D 520
Model Year: 1956
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX 223
Engine Num: 100D 559
Model Year: 1956
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX 229
Model Year: 1956
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Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX 229
Model Year: 1956
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Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Model Year: 1957
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Model Year: 1957
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Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: AEX 142
Engine Num: 110D2 889
Model Year: 1957
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX 274
Engine Num: 10 0D 603
Model Year: 1957
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX 329
Engine Num: 100D 682
Model Year: 1957
Profile and Auction History

Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX 404
Engine Num: 100D 760
Model Year: 1957
Profile and Auction History
Berlinetta
AC Ace Bristol Berlinetta

Chassis Num: BEX 477
Model Year: 1957
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Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX205
Model Year: 1957
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Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Model Year: 1958
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Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: AEX 478
Model Year: 1958
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Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX 389
Engine Num: 738 D
Model Year: 1958
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Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX 436
Engine Num: 805 D2 or 100D2 805
Model Year: 1958
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX 448
Model Year: 1958
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX 450
Model Year: 1958
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Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX1019
Model Year: 1958
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX468
Model Year: 1958
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Model Year: 1959
Profile

Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX 1045
Model Year: 1959
Profile
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX 1090
Engine Num: 100 D2 1000
Model Year: 1959
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX447
Model Year: 1959
Profile and Auction History

Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: AEX 1181
Model Year: 1960
Profile
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: AEX 1194
Engine Num: CLBN2476WT
Model Year: 1960
Profile
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX 1054
Engine Num: 100D2 944
Model Year: 1960
Profile and Auction History

Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX 1146
Model Year: 1960
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX 1166
Model Year: 1960
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX1072
Engine Num: 992D2
Model Year: 1960
Profile

Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: RS 5004
Model Year: 1961
Profile
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Model Year: 1962
Profile
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Model Year: 1962
Profile

Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Model Year: 1962
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX1213
Model Year: 1962
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Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX.1210
Engine Num: 1163D2
Model Year: 1963
Profile and Auction History

Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: RS 5030
Model Year: 1963
Profile and Auction History


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