1956 AC Ace Roadster / BEX 223 Chassis Information

1956 AC Ace photograph

1956 AC Ace photograph

1956 AC Ace photograph

1956 AC Ace photograph

1956 AC Ace photograph

1956 AC Ace photograph

1956 AC Ace photograph

1956 AC Ace photograph

1956 AC Ace photograph

1956 AC Ace photograph

1956 AC Ace photograph

1956 AC Ace photograph

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Roadster
Chassis #: BEX 223
Engine #: 100D 559
Sold for $401,000 at 2019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island.
AC introduced the Ace at the London Motor Show in October of 1953. Based on a design by John Tojeiro, its sleek bodywork was reminiscent of contemporary Ferrari barchettas. In 1956, the 1,971cc Bristol six-cylinder engine became available, bringing the Ace to Ace-Bristol specification. The engine initially offered 125 horsepower, which rose to 128 in its D2 specification, thanks in-part to an increase in compression from 8.5:1 to 9:1.

This particular example was purchased from a British sports car collector in Philadelphia, following a number of years in storage. It has been given a no-expense-spared, ground-up four-year restoration and finished in Aston Martin Almond Green. The interior is Andes Green leather. It has period-correct tires on 16-inch chrome Turrino wire wheels with AC knock-off caps. The Bristol six-cylinder engine is mated to a four-speed manual transmission. There is period-correct Wilton wool, an Everflex convertible top, side curtains, a tool roll, original jack with rods, and a full-size spare.

Between 1954 and 1963, a total of 686 examples of the Ace-Bristol were produced.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2019


2019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$400,000-$450,000 
Sale Price :
$401,000

2019 1
2018 1
2016 3
2011 1
2010 1
2008 1
2001 1

1956 AC Ace Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1956 sales)
1956 AC Ace-Bristol
Chassis#: BEX 223
Sold for $401,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1956 AC Ace image  1956 AC Ace image  
1956 AC Ace
Chassis#: AEX 160
Sold for $362,500
  2018 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1956 AC Ace image  1956 AC Ace image  
1956 AC Ace Bristol
Chassis#: BE 172
Sold for $308,000
  2016 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1956 AC Ace image  
1956 AC Ace Roadster
Chassis#: AEX160
Sold for $396,000
  2016 Worldwide Auctions - The Houston Classic
1956 AC Ace image  1956 AC Ace image  
1956 AC ACE-BRISTOL ROADSTER
Chassis#: BEX222
Sold for $153,446
  2016 Bonhams - Goodwood Members' Meeting
 
1956 AC Ace Bristol Roadster
Chassis#: AEX 93
Sold for $148,500
  2011 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
1956 AC Ace image  1956 AC Ace image  
1956 AC Ace Roadster
Chassis#: AEX138
Sold for $192,500
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
 
1956 AC Ace
Chassis#: AEX 116
Sold for $216,000
  2008 Bonhams - The Greenwich Concours d'Elegance
 
1956 AC ACE ROADSTER
Sold for $68,200
  2001 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2001
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1956 AC Ace's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1956 AC Ace BristolBEX2352015 H & H Auctions Imperial War Museum   
1956 AC ACE Roadster 2015 Leake Auction Tulsa, OK$120,000  
1956 AC ACE Roadster 2015 Leake Auction Tulsa, OK$115,000  

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1956 AC Ace vehicle thumbnail image  1956 AC Ace vehicle thumbnail image  
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1956 AC Ace vehicle thumbnail image  1956 AC Ace vehicle thumbnail image  

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 Aceca1958 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: AE650
Engine Num: CL2350WT
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 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 Aceca1958 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: BEX 703
Engine Num: 887 D2
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 Aceca1960 Fastback Coupe
Chassis Num: BE771
Engine Num: 984D2
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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