1960 AC Ace Roadster / BEX 1054 Vehicle Information

1960 AC Ace photograph

1960 AC Ace photograph

1960 AC Ace photograph

1960 AC Ace photograph

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Roadster
Chassis #: BEX 1054
Engine #: 100D2 944
Sold for $495,000 at 2016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island.
AC Cars introduced the Ace at Earls Court in London in 1953. It featured a tubular chassis, a hand-formed aluminum body designed by Tojeiro, and powered by a 100-horsepower AC powerplant. They earned numerous race successes in 1955 and 1956. In 1957 AC offered an optional 2.0-liter Bristol six-cylinder engine which featured an advanced design derived from the BMW 328 unit, with three downdraft carburetors and offering 120 horsepower (later raised to 128 horsepower in Stage II spec). With its low overall weight, and impressive performance and handling, they proved competitive on race circuits around the world, including LeMans in 1957 and 1958.

There were four hundred sixty-six examples built with the Bristol engine between 1956 and 1962. Bristol discontinued their six-cylinder engine in 1961, followed by Carroll Shelby suggesting a Ford V8 should be installed. In 1962, the AC Ace-derived Cobra was born.

This particular example is a factory left-hand-drive model that left the factory on April 13, 1959 and was noted as having 'Stage II' engine preparation. The original owner is recorded as Dr. R. Roth of Illinois, who registered it as a 1960 model year car. As of 1998, the car was owned by Mr. Cronin in the United States. Mr. Jim Feldman located the car in Woodside, California, in Mr. Cronin's ownership, around 2005 or 2006. In 2006 it was sold to the current owner, who funded Mr. Feldman's (an AC restoration specialist) five-year restoration without regard to cost. During the restoration, the car was fitted with a correct period Laycock de Normanville overdrive. The original six-cylinder Bristol engine, four-speed transmission, and rear end were rebuilt. The engine was rebuilt to the Stage II specifications of the original engine in components such as the high-compression head, driveshaft, bearings, pistons, and camshaft. It was given a period-correct optional aluminum fuel tank and second fuel pump running through a second fuel line into the carburetors.

The car has the 16-inch, 56-spoke, cross-laced wheels and narrow tires. There are five new wheels and original-spec Michelin X tires along with the optional disc brakes. The body was refinished in Aston Racing Green with green upholstery. There is a curved windshield that was optional on the last of the Aces. There are period-correct racing seat-belts, new webbing, new top and side-curtains, and the owner's handbook.


By Daniel Vaughan | May 2016


2016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $350,000-USD $400,000 
Sale Price :
USD $495,000

1960 AC Ace Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1960 sales)
1960 AC Ace-Bristol
Chassis#: BEX 1146
Sold for USD$280,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona
1960 AC Ace image  1960 AC Ace image  
1960/1997 AC Ace Roadster
Chassis#: SABTVRO3727134839
Sold for USD$141,438
  2018 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
 
1960 AC Ace-Bristol
Chassis#: BEX 1054
Sold for USD$495,000
  2016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1960 AC Ace image  1960 AC Ace image  
1960 AC Ace Roadster
Chassis#: AE 1170
Sold for USD$221,023
  2015 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1960 AC Ace 2.6 'Ruddspeed'
Sold for USD$297,472
  2014 RM Auctions - London
 
1960 AC Aceca Bristol
Chassis#: BEX 739
Sold for USD$140,323
  2011 RM Auctions - Salon Priv√©
 
1960 AC Aceca Bristol Coupe
Chassis#: BEX766
Sold for USD$137,500
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
 
1960 AC Aceca Bristol Coupe
Sold for USD$48,400
  2003 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island
 

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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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