1957 AC Ace Bristol

In 1953, A.C. introduced a new sports car that would eventually change the company's fortunes. It had a very modern design courtesy of John Tojiero, with open two-seater coachwork, an aluminum-alloy body, and built atop a lightweight tubular chassis that had a fully independent suspension and powered by a six-cylinder engine. Three years later, a 'Bristol' version was introduced which gave the car even more performance. It included three carburetors, optional front disc brakes, and a four-speed gearbox. The engine was placed farther back in the chassis to enhance the Ace's handling.

The 'Bristol' became a popular car in the racing community, even making appearances at LeMans in 1957 and 1958. The Ace would continue to evolve over the years, eventually becoming the basis for Carroll Shelby's Cobra.


by Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2019

Related Reading : AC Ace History

The Ace debuted in 1953 at the London Motor Show and was produced beginning in 1954 and continuing through 1963. The vehicle consisted of light-weight tubular chassis with steel boxes in the front and rear which supported a transverse leaf and lower wishbone independent suspension system. The chassis was designed by John Tojeiro. Power was initially provided by a Welleter-designed engine and was mounted....
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Related Reading : AC Ace History

The oldest British car manufacturer, AC has continuously produced vehicles since 1901 and the marque carries enormous prestige. The AC Aceca, a closed coupe, was unveiled in 1954 in London and only 328 prototypes were ever produced. Production of the Aceca Coupe commenced in 1955 and Le Mans 1957 was a lucrative one for AC, with an AC Bristol finishing tenth overall. 1958 was an even better year....
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1957 Vehicle Profiles

1957 AC Ace Bristol vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: AEX 142
Engine Num: 110D2 889

This 1957 A.C. Ace 'Bristol' was shipped from the A.C. factory in Thames ditton to Los Angeles importers in 1957. It has remained in California its entire life. The car was originally an Ace and later upgraded to full 'Bristol' specifications includi....[continue reading]

1957 AC Ace Bristol vehicle information

Berlinetta
Designer: Zagato

Chassis Num: BEX 477

AC Cars began production of its famous AC Ace in 1953. Based on a lightweight chassis designed by John Tojeiro, the Ace was the forerunner of the AC Cobra. The first series of factory-built cars featured a simple barchetta-style body and AC's own and....[continue reading]

1957 AC Ace Bristol vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX 329
Engine Num: 100D 682

Chassis number BEX 329 was constructed in the Summer of 1957 and finished in Bright Blue Metalline with matching blue leather upholstery, top and tonneau. It is believed to have its original engine, number 100D 682.....[continue reading]

1957 AC Ace Bristol vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX 404
Engine Num: 100D 760

AC Ace Bristol with chassis number BEX 4040 was sold new in Los Angeles, California. Along with road-going duties, it also was entered in competition, including the 1959 Willow Springs Hill Climb. The vehicle's road-holding abilities, reliability, an....[continue reading]

1957 AC Ace Bristol vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX 274
Engine Num: 10 0D 603

The AC Ace Bristol was a lightweight British roadster with 466 Bristol-powered hand-built examples built between 1956 and 1963. These lightweight aluminum-bodied cars were very successful in the two-liter category in international racing, earning cla....[continue reading]

1957 AC Ace Bristol vehicle information

Roadster

Designed by Briton John Tojiero and powered by the two-liter 6-cylinder Bristol engine the AC ACE was the scourge of SCCA E Production club racing in the late 1950s and early sixties often defeating much more powerful cars.....[continue reading]

Roadster
Chassis #: AEX 142 
Berlinetta
Chassis #: BEX 477 
Roadster
Chassis #: BEX 329 
Roadster
Chassis #: BEX 404 
Roadster
Chassis #: BEX 274 
Roadster
 


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Model Year Production

#1#2#3AC
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Meteor (1,408,478)
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)
1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)
1952Chevrolet (818,142)Ford (671,733)Plymouth (396,000)

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