1957 AC Ace Aceca Fastback Coupe / BE-603 Chassis Information

1957 AC Ace Aceca photograph

1957 AC Ace Aceca photograph

1957 AC Ace Aceca photograph

1957 AC Ace Aceca photograph

1957 AC Ace Aceca photograph

1957 AC Ace Aceca photograph

1957 AC Ace Aceca photograph

1957 AC Ace Aceca photograph

1957 AC Ace Aceca photograph

1957 AC Ace Aceca photograph

1957 AC Ace Aceca photograph

1957 AC Ace Aceca photograph

1957 AC Ace Aceca photograph

1957 AC Ace Aceca photograph

1957 AC Ace Aceca photograph

1957 AC Ace Aceca photograph

1957 AC Ace Aceca photograph

1957 AC Ace Aceca photograph

1957 AC Ace Aceca photograph

1957 AC Ace Aceca photograph

1957 AC Ace Aceca photograph

1957 AC Ace Aceca photograph

1957 AC Ace Aceca photograph

1957 AC Ace Aceca photograph

1957 AC Ace Aceca photograph

1957 AC Ace Aceca photograph

1957 AC Ace Aceca photograph

1957 AC Ace Aceca photograph

1957 AC Ace Aceca photograph

1957 AC Ace Aceca photograph

1957 AC Ace Aceca photograph

1957 AC Ace Aceca photograph

1957 AC Ace Aceca photograph

1957 AC Ace Aceca photograph

1957 AC Ace Aceca photograph

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Fastback Coupe
Chassis #: BE-603
Sold for $192,500 at 2017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge.
The Aceca is the lesser-known ancestor of the AC Ace, the car which spawned the famous Shelby Cobras. The success of Cliff Davis' Tojeiro sports-racer prompted AC Cars to put the design into production in 1954 as the Ace. It retained the bodywork of Davis's car, and the John Tojeiro twin-tube ladder frame chassis, along with the Cooper-influenced all-independent suspension system. The engine, however, was AC's 2.0-liter, long-stroke six-cylinder unit. This overhead-camshaft engine originated in 1919.

In 1954, at the Earls Court Motor Show, AC introduced a hardtop version (fastback-styled) Aceca Coupe. The hatchback body was built of hand-formed aluminum over a tubular steel framework. All major components were placed on rubber bushes to help reduce noise levels within the cabin.

In 1956, a more powerful 2.0-liter Bristol six-cylinder engine became available. Near the close of production, the 2.6-liter Ford Zephyr engine was also available.

The AC were well-engineered and lightweight cars GT cars that enjoyed numerous successes in production sports car racing, including a First in Class and 7th overall finished at Le Mans in 1959.

This particular AC Aceca-Bristol left the factory on the 19th of March 1957. Its first owner was Jack Fernandez in Venezuela. In October of 1958, it returned to the United Kingdom, where it was registered VXW 26. It would remain in the U.K. for the following 35 years. The Aceca-Bristol was owned by Adrian Hall and participated in the Carrera Panamericana in 1991, and was also raced in historic events in the United Kingdom at venues like Silverstone until 1994, when it was purchased by a American collector.

Since 2000, the car has participated in the Copperstate 1000 and the California Mille, and extensively raced in California at vintage racing events, including the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival, Monterey, HMSA, CSRG, and LSR events.

This car is powered by a non-matching Bristol D2 motor that offers approximately 145 horsepower and is mated to a 4-speed Bristol gearbox with overdrive. Racing equipment includes racing belts, fire suppression system, fuel cell, roll cage, front disc brake, Perspex windows, electronic rev limiter and Stack tach system.

The AC Aceca-Bristol was featured on a TV interview session at the Monterey Historic races with Jay Leno for his 'Jay Leno's Garage' series in 2011.


2017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$175,000-$250,000 
Sale Price :
$192,500

2017 1
2012 1
2011 1
2010 1
2009 1
2004 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2017$192,500$192,5001
2012$98,962$98,9621
2011$110,000$110,0001
2010$94,376$94,3761
2009$77,444$77,4441
2004$37,704$37,7041

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1957 sales)
1957 AC Aceca-Bristol
Chassis#: BE603
Sold for $192,500
  2017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1957 AC Ace Aceca image  1957 AC Ace Aceca image  
1957 AC Aceca V8 Coupe
Chassis#: BE605
Sold for $98,962
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia at Goodwood
 
1957 AC Aceca
Chassis#: AEX 607
Sold for $110,000
  2011 Gooding and Company - The Amelia Island Auction
1957 AC Ace Aceca image  
1957 Ac Aceca
Sold for $94,376
  2010 Coys Auction - Legende et Passion
 
1957 AC Aceca
Chassis#: AE697
Sold for $77,444
  2009 Coys Auction -Brands Hatch
 
1957 AC Aceca
Chassis#: BEX 644
Sold for $37,704
  2004 Coys - True Greats
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1957 AC Ace Aceca's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1957 AC Ace 1,991cc Two-Seater SportsAE2062004 Bonhams Collectors' Motor Cars, Cycles, Automobilia, Toys & Models $40,000$50,000

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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 Ace Bristol1957 Roadster
Chassis Num: AEX 142
Engine Num: 110D2 889
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
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 Bristol1958 Roadster
Chassis Num: BEX468
Chassis information for the AC Ace Bristol1959 Roadster
Chassis Num: BEX 1090
Engine Num: 100 D2 1000
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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