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1959 AC Ace Bristol Roadster Vehicle Profile

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1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

1959 AC Ace Bristol photograph

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Auto Carriers began life as a builder of little three-wheeled commercial vehicles prior to World War I. The factory was located in Thames Ditton, outside London in Surrey. AC introduced its first car, the A.C. Six in 1919. The name was changed to A.C. Cars in 1921, all the while the firm developing its racing successes. AC surprised the motoring world by announcing the sporty Ace in 1953. Perhaps, most famously, it later served as the basis for the legendary Shelby Cobra.

Original owner Dick McDonald purchased this car in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1959 (for a whopping $6,495) in order to be more competitive in club racing. It worked, as he won 12 races in two seasons starting in the spring of 1960. In the spring of 1960, he won his first two races: at the La Junta airport course in Colorado and at Continental Divide Raceway near Denver. He placed second in his third race and won his class in the feature. He raced for two seasons winning a total of 12 races with the ACE.

After a stint in the military, his ACE became a road car until 1972. It sat in a garage until 1999 when the owner and his wife restored it in its original interior and exterior colors including the painted white wire wheels.

During 1961, when Bristol ceased building the six-cylinder engine used in the ACE, AC Cars received a query from American Le Mans winner (1959) Carroll Shelby who conceived a project replacing the six-cylinder engine with a new small-block Ford V-8. AC Cars were receptive to Shelby's plans and history was made.

Finished in its original combination of Old English White over red leather, this Ace is powered by the 1,971cc, 130 horsepower OHV in-line 6-cylinder Bristol engine that owes its heritage to the prewar BMW. It is estimated the 360 was built using the Bristol engine.



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1959 AC Ace Bristol Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1959 sales)
1959 AC Ace-Bristol
Chassis#: BEX 1087
Sold for USD$274,400
  2019 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1959 AC ACE-Bristol
Chassis#: BEX 1003
Sold for USD$451,000
  2017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
 
1959 AC Ace Roadster
Chassis#: BEX447
Sold for USD$220,000
  2017 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Pacific Grove Auction
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1959 AC Ace Bristol
Chassis#: BEX 1099
Sold for USD$242,000
  2017 Gooding & Co. : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1959 AC Ace Bristol roadster
Chassis#: BEX 1127
Sold for USD$360,387
  2016 Rétromobile 2016 by Artcurial Motorcars
 
1959 AC Ace Bristol
Chassis#: BEX 1090
Sold for USD$340,616
  2015 Bonhams : The Chantilly Sale
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1959 AC Ace Bristol
Chassis#: BEX 1090
Sold for USD$286,000
  2013 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Auction
1959 AC Ace Bristol image  1959 AC Ace Bristol image  
1959 AC Ace Bristol Roadster
Chassis#: BEX1090
Sold for USD$217,250
  2011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions
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1959 AC Ace Bristol Roadster
Chassis#: BEX1118
Sold for USD$253,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
 
1959 AC Aceca Bristol 100D2
Chassis#: BE 755
Sold for USD$51,734
  2005 Coys Auction - True Greats
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1959 AC Ace Bristol's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1959 AC Ace Bristol RoadsterBEX11152010 Bonhams Goodwood Revival, Chichester, Sussex $160,000$180,000

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AC Ace Bristol Vehicle Profiles
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: AE73
Model Year: 1955
Profile
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Model Year: 1956
Profile
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Model Year: 1956
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Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Model Year: 1956
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Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: AEX 160
Engine Num: CL 2290 WT
Model Year: 1956
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: AEX 93
Model Year: 1956
Profile and Auction History

Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BE 172
Engine Num: 100D 520
Model Year: 1956
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX 223
Engine Num: 100D 559
Model Year: 1956
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX 229
Model Year: 1956
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Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX 229
Model Year: 1956
Profile
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Model Year: 1957
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Model Year: 1957
Profile

Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: AEX 142
Engine Num: 110D2 889
Model Year: 1957
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX 274
Engine Num: 10 0D 603
Model Year: 1957
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX 329
Engine Num: 100D 682
Model Year: 1957
Profile and Auction History

Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX 404
Engine Num: 100D 760
Model Year: 1957
Profile and Auction History
Berlinetta
AC Ace Bristol Berlinetta

Chassis Num: BEX 477
Model Year: 1957
Profile
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX205
Model Year: 1957
Profile

Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Model Year: 1958
Profile
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: AEX 478
Model Year: 1958
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Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX 389
Engine Num: 738 D
Model Year: 1958
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Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX 436
Engine Num: 805 D2 or 100D2 805
Model Year: 1958
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX 448
Model Year: 1958
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX 450
Model Year: 1958
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Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX1019
Model Year: 1958
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX468
Model Year: 1958
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Model Year: 1959
Profile

Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX 1045
Model Year: 1959
Profile
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX 1090
Engine Num: 100 D2 1000
Model Year: 1959
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX447
Model Year: 1959
Profile and Auction History

Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: AEX 1181
Model Year: 1960
Profile
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: AEX 1194
Engine Num: CLBN2476WT
Model Year: 1960
Profile
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX 1054
Engine Num: 100D2 944
Model Year: 1960
Profile and Auction History

Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX 1146
Model Year: 1960
Profile and Auction History
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX 1166
Model Year: 1960
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX1072
Engine Num: 992D2
Model Year: 1960
Profile

Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: RS 5004
Model Year: 1961
Profile
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Model Year: 1962
Profile
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Model Year: 1962
Profile

Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Model Year: 1962
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX1213
Model Year: 1962
Profile
Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX.1210
Engine Num: 1163D2
Model Year: 1963
Profile and Auction History

Roadster
AC Ace Bristol Roadster

Chassis Num: RS 5030
Model Year: 1963
Profile and Auction History


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