1955 AC Aceca Fastback Coupe / AEX542 Vehicle Information

1955 AC Aceca photograph

1955 AC Aceca photograph

1955 AC Aceca1955 AC Aceca
Fastback Coupe
Chassis #: AEX542
Sold for $96,800 at 2014 Barrett-Jackson's 43RD Annual Scottsdale Auction.
Sold for $132,000 at 2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey.
The AC Ace was introduced in 1953 at the London Motor Show and was followed by the AC Aceca in October of 1954. The AC Ace was a roadster while the AC Aceca was the coupe version which shared the John Tojeiro-designed tube frame covered with ash and aluminum fastback bodywork. It had Girling brakes with Alfin drums, knock-off wire wheels, and a four-speed gearbox. The enclosed bodywork added just 155 pounds over its Roadster counterpart. The base powerplant was a 2-liter overhead-cam six-cylinder unit which offered 90 horsepower. It had five main bearings, triple carburetors, and a 8:1 compression ratio. Zero-to-sixty was accomplished in just 13.4 seconds on its way to its top speed of just over 100 mph. In total, just 151 Acecas were built with the 2.0-liter engine.

After the Shelby Cobra was introduced in 1963, the Bristol engine was no longer available. The 260 cubic-inch lightweight Ford V8 offered an impressive 260 brake-horsepower, a zero-to-sixty time of just 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 136 mph. The Aceca was ultimately discontinued at the end of 1963.

This particular Aceca is one of the rare, 151 examples powered by the 2-liter engine. The early history is not known; it did suffer a mild fender-bender in 1970. It was later dismantled and prepared for restoration. New front fenders were made for it by the AC factory in Thames Ditton and fitted in 1976, when the car was placed in storage. It remained in storage for a long time, only recently emerging from its dormant state.

It was given a restoration in Arizona in 2012 and finished in Sterling Metallic Gray with a black Connolly leather interior. The suspension and knock-off wire wheels were also restored.

This left-hand drive example has spent much of its life on the West Coast. The car is currently fitted with a 260 CID Ford OHV V8 engine with a Holley four-barrel carburetor and mated to a four-speed manual transmission.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2016


2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $180,000-USD $240,000 
Sale Price :
USD $132,000

2014 Barrett-Jackson's 43RD Annual Scottsdale Auction

Sale Price :
USD $96,800

1955 AC Aceca Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1955 sales)
1955 AC Aceca Coupé
Chassis#: AE505
Sold for USD$121,869
  2017 Bonhams : London Olympia
 
1955 AC Aceca Coupé
Chassis#: AE527
Sold for USD$128,250
  2017 Coys : Classic Days at Schloss Dyck
 
1955 AC Aceca
Chassis#: AEX542
Sold for USD$132,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
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1955 AC ACECA 2 DOOR COUPE
Chassis#: AEX542
Sold for USD$96,800
  2014 Barrett-Jackson's 43RD Annual Scottsdale Auction
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1955 AC Aceca
Sold for USD$112,675
  2013 Coys Auction - A236 True Greats
 

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the AC Aceca1958 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: AE650
Engine Num: CL2350WT
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 Aceca1960 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: AEX732
Engine Num: CLB2415
Chassis information for the AC Aceca1960 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: BE771
Engine Num: 984D2


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