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1938 AC 16/90 Competition Sport Roadster / L655 Vehicle Information

1938 AC 16/90 photograph

1938 AC 16/90 photograph

1938 AC 16/90 photograph

1938 AC 16/90 photograph

1938 AC 16/90 photograph

1938 AC 16/90 photograph

1938 AC 16/90 photograph

1938 AC 16/90 photograph

1938 AC 16/90 photograph

1938 AC 16/90 photograph

1938 AC 16/90 photograph

1938 AC 16/90 photograph

1938 AC 16/90 photograph

1938 AC 16/90 photograph

1938 AC 16/90 photograph

1938 AC 16/90 photograph

1938 AC 16/90 photograph

1938 AC 16/90 photograph

1938 AC 16/90 photograph

1938 AC 16/90 photograph

1938 AC 16/90 photograph

1938 AC 16/90 photograph

1938 AC 16/90 photograph

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Sold for $224,000 at 2021 RM Sothebys : Monterey.
Autocars and Accessories Ltd., which had begun production in 1904, was reorganized in 1907 as Autocarriers Ltd., which continued until 1921, when British motoring entrepreneur Selwyn F. Edge gained control of the firm. The founders, John Weller and John Portwine resigned, and Edge renamed the company AC Cars Ltd. The Weller Brothers of West Norwood had provided the mechanical expertise, while John Portwine, a butch, was the financial backer and business manager.

By the mid-1920s, most of the AC vehicles were powered by the two-liter, six-cylinder, overhead-cam engine that Weller had designed in 1919. The company would continue to produce the engine with continual improvements until 1963.

The AC 16/90 cars were powered by a six-cylinder OHC engine capable of producing 90 horsepower. They used an Arnott supercharger and three SU carburetors. The top speed was estimated to be just under 100 mph.

This elegant 1938 AC 16/90 was on display at the 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. It is a restored example that is finished in silver with a red leather interior. The car currently resides in Portland, Oregon.

This AC 16/90 is one of 14 of the later Competition Sports series with 'Sloping Tail' coachwork. It is one of five ACs built with an Arnott supercharger and is the car that introduced the 16/90 at the 1938 London Motor Show. After the show, the car was sold to R. Cowell-Smith. In 1974, it was discovered in complete but disassembled condition near Caernarfon Castle in North Wales. It was acquired from its then-owner, R. England, by Alan Huxley-Jones. Still disassembled, it was acquired by D. Hescroff who immediately brought it to the attention of Jim Feldman. Negotiations quickly followed and it became Feldman's in 1989.

Mr. Feldman entrusted the reassembly and restoration to Phil Whitaker and the work was completed in 1993. In 2006, it was shown at Pebble Beach where it placed 3rd in Class.

This AC is finished in Snow Shadow Jewelessence with red leather upholstery, red carpets, and a black cloth top. It has the 'Sloping Tail' design, cut-down doors, silver-painted wire wheels, a pair of wipers, dual outside rear-view mirrors, Lucas Bi-Flex headlights, a greyhound radiator cap mascot, Andre Hydro-Telecontrol adjustable shock absorbers, a badge bar, and a folding windshield.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2014



2021 RM Sothebys : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $250,000-USD $350,000 
Sale Price :
USD $224,000

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 AC 16/90 Two-Seater Competition Sports
Chassis#: L655
Sold for USD$224,000
  2021 RM Sothebys : Monterey
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AC 16/90 Vehicle Profiles
Competition Sport Roadster
AC 16/90 Competition Sport Roadster

Chassis Num: L655
Model Year: 1938
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