1959 AC Ace Bristol

AC was Britain's oldest independent automobile manufacturer and is best known as providing the foundation of Carroll Shelby's Ford-powered Cobra. The success of Cliff Davis's Tojeiro sports racer convinced AC Cars to put the design into production in 1954 as the Ace. It was given a twin-tube ladder frame chassis by John Tojeiro, a Cooper-influenced all-independent suspension, and AC's own 2-liter, long-stroke six. The origins of the single-overhead-camshaft engine dated back to 1919, with the 1950s version delivering a modest 80 horsepower, providing respectable performance.

A year later, a hardtop version called the fastback-styled Aceca, joined the lineup. From 1956, the models were powered by the more powerful 2-liter, six-cylinder engine with pushrod-operated inclined valves. The BMW-based Bristol had a superior cylinder head design and down-draught carburetors. In road trim, the engine offered up to 130 horsepower and a top speed of around 120 mph. The racing versions had around 150 horsepower.

The introduction of the Bristol-engined Ace in 1957 also brought a change in price, having increased by 22-percent of the AC-engined version. By the time production ceased in 1963, a total of 723 examples had been built with 465 (or 466) of those fitted with the Bristol engine.

The AC's enjoyed considerable success at LeMans with a 10verall finish at the 1957 event including a 2nd in class. A year later, an AC finished 8th overall and 2nd in class. For 1959, it achieved a remarkable 7th overall and 1st in class. They were dominant in the Sports Car Club of America's production championship for classes E from 1957 through 1959, and the D Class Championship in 1960, and the C Class Championship for 1961.


by Daniel Vaughan | Jun 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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1959 AC Ace Bristol vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX 1090
Engine Num: 100 D2 1000

The AC Ace was based on a sports racing car designed by John Tojeiro. It was equipped with a four-speed independent suspension and sleek bodywork reminiscent of contemporary Ferrari Barchettas. The Bristol 'six' became available in 1956, which upgrad....[continue reading]

1959 AC Ace Bristol vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX447

Although the AC Ace was never built in large numbers, they are one of the most victorious post-war sports car ever conceived. This particular AC Ace-Bristol roadster was purchased new by Ron Leonard from Motorsport Corp., the authorized AC dealer loc....[continue reading]

1959 AC Ace Bristol vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: BEX 1045

This 1959 AC ACE Bristol BEX 1045 is shown as it was most well known the 'Mongoose'. The transformation from British sports car to high performance speed racer was the brainchild of Jerry Scheberies and Walt Peterson who replaced the factory Bristol ....[continue reading]

1959 AC Ace Bristol vehicle information

Roadster

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....[continue reading]

Roadster
Chassis #: BEX 1090 
Roadster
Chassis #: BEX447 
Roadster
Chassis #: BEX 1045 
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$590-$5,650
1959 Ace Bristol
$5,650-$22,750
1959 AC Ace Bristol Base Price : $5,650

Model Year Production

#1#2#3AC
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)
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)

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