1958 AC Ace Bristol Roadster / BEX 436 Vehicle Information

1958 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1958 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1958 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1958 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1958 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1958 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1958 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1958 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1958 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1958 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1958 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1958 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1958 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1958 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1958 AC Ace Bristol1958 AC Ace Bristol1958 AC Ace Bristol1958 AC Ace Bristol1958 AC Ace Bristol1958 AC Ace Bristol1958 AC Ace Bristol1958 AC Ace Bristol1958 AC Ace Bristol1958 AC Ace Bristol1958 AC Ace Bristol1958 AC Ace Bristol1958 AC Ace Bristol1958 AC Ace Bristol
Roadster
Chassis #: BEX 436
Engine #: 805 D2 or 100D2 805
Sold for $341,000 at 2014 RM Auctions - Hershey.
Though not the fire-belching machine conjured up by Carroll Shelby, there simply would be no Cobra if there was not the Ace first. Wedded to a Bristol-powered six-cylinder engine, it would be easy to surmise just what Shelby found.

The AC Ace would make its first appearance at the 1953 London Motor Show. To say there was a similarity with the barchettas leaving Maranello would be something of an understatement. However, in the years immediately following the Second World War, Britain would be a little behind the curve when it came to designing powerful engines for sportscars. The war effort had cost the country dearly. However, there were those in government and within the car industry that knew where to get some inspiration.

Dividing up the spoils of war, Britain would claim an importance piece of technology. Though designed before the war, the BMW 328 engine was something of a marvel and it would serve as the foundation for Britain's post-war car market carrying the Bristol badge.

AC Cars would combine a small, lightweight body and chassis with the adept Bristol engine to produce the Ace. The result would be a sprightly car that was nimble and quick in a multitude of directions, and this would lead to a great deal of praise by many of the magazines and periodicals of the time.

Successful on the track, the Ace would certainly be a force with which to be reckoned. This success on the track would be as a result of the Bristol engine being upgraded. The D2 would end up being the ultimate expression of the old BMW 328 engine. Bumping the power from a little more than 100hp up to 125hp the Ace now had power in hand to combine with its light and nimble chassis. Success on the track was nearly inevitable. It was just as inevitable the public would want to get their hands on the same kind of performance for the rolling and winding roads of England.

Chassis BEX 436 was offered by RM Auctions at Hershey in 2014, the 1958 AC Ace-Bristol would be one of the highlights before and during the auction. Pre-auction estimates ran between $200,000 and $300,000. However, when it was all said and done, the estimates would come up a little short as the final sale price would be $341,000.

By Jeremy McMullen


2019 Bonhams : Quail Lodge Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $350,000-USD $450,000 
Lot was not sold

2014 RM Auctions - Hershey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $225,000-USD $300,000 
Sale Price :
USD $341,000

1958 AC Ace Bristol Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1958 sales)
1958 AC Ace-Bristol Roadster
Chassis#: BEX495
Sold for USD$311,136
  2019 Bonhams : The Zoute Sale
 
1958 AC Ace Roadster
Chassis#: AE 413
Sold for USD$284,727
  2018 Bonhams : Goodwood Members Meeting
 
1958 AC Ace Bristol
Chassis#: BEX406
Sold for USD$330,532
  2016 Silverstone Auction - Classic Sale
 
1958 AC Ace-Bristol
Chassis#: BEX 436
Sold for USD$341,000
  2014 RM Auctions - Hershey
1958 AC Ace Bristol image  1958 AC Ace Bristol image  
1958 AC ACE ROADSTER
Chassis#: AEX416
Sold for USD$250,666
  2014 The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1958 AC Ace
Chassis#: AEX-456
Sold for USD$214,500
  2013 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction
 
1958 AC Ace Bristol Roadster
Sold for USD$181,500
  2012 Worldwide Auctions - The Houston Classic Auction
 
1958 AC Ace Bristol
Chassis#: BEX468
Sold for USD$258,500
  2011 The Scottsdale Auction - Gooding & Company
1958 AC Ace Bristol image  1958 AC Ace Bristol image  
1958 AC Ace Bristol
Chassis#: BEX397
Sold for USD$110,000
  2010 Russo and Steele - Monterey Auction
 
1958 AC Ace Bristol Roadster
Sold for USD$192,500
  2009 Sports & Classics of Monterey
 
1958 A.C. ACE ROADSTER
Sold for USD$50,600
  2004 Bonhams - MOTORCARS BROOKLINE
 
1958 AC Ace Bristol Roadster
Sold for USD$82,500
  2003 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
 
1958 AC Ace Roadster
Sold for USD$47,700
  2002 Michigan Fall Classic Car Auction - The Kughn Collection
 
1958 AC Ace Roadster
Sold for USD$49,500
  2002 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
 
1958 AC ROADSTER
Sold for USD$69,300
  2002 Barrett-Jackson - Petersen Museum 2002
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1958 AC Ace Bristol's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1958 AC Ace-BristolBEX10192020 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours $350,000$380,000
1958 AC Ace-BristolBEX4362019 Bonhams : Quail Lodge Auction $350,000$450,000
1958 AC Ace-Bristol RoadsterBEX10192019 Mecum : Monterey$300,000$400,000$425,000
1958 AC Ace Bristol RoadsterBEX4522019 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais $280,000$340,000
1958 AC Ace BristolBEX4062015 Silverstone Auction Salon Prive Sale   
1958 AC Ace BristolBE 4412011 Silverstone Classic Sale   
1958 AC ACE BRISTOLBEX3972011 Russo & Steele Scottsdale, Arizona   

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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 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 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 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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