1957 AC ACECA BRISTOL
The small Bristol-powered racer, designed by John Tojeiro in the early 1950s, was a great success in competition with Cliff Davis. AC Cars, renowned for its sporty models but with an ageing range, was looking for a new model and took a keen interest in Tojeiro's small car and decided to put it into production in 1954, under the name Ace. The Tojeiro bodywork was virtually a carbon copy of the beautiful Touring designed Ferrari 166 MM barchetta and was carried over to the Ace with minor modifications. It was based on a ladder chassis with independent suspensions, inspired by the Cooper that John Tojeiro had also designed. However, AC did not use the Bristol engine for its model, preferring to stick with the good old 2 litre long stroke six cylinder engine with overhead camshaft. It was designed in 1919 and its modest 80 hp was a bit too much for a modern sports car.
Since then, a great deal of work has been carried out to ensure not only reliability, but also comfort on long-distance journeys. A gearbox rebuild by Stanton Motorsports in 2018. Classic Performance Engineering provided full Aceca maintenance, including a complete differential rebuild in 2020. As for the engine, Pendine Works has completely rebuilt its rare 100C2, installing a new clutch at the same time. For our part, we recently had the water pump replaced and carried out some maintenance by the Parisian workshop we work with.
As the previous owner was the grandson of the founder of Bristol Cars, he has also included in the history copies of a fascinating correspondence between Bristol Cars and AC. This is an exceptionally well-maintained example, ready for many miles. Always perfectly maintained, with a beautiful backrest, it's ready to hit the road for the next Tour Auto, or the Mille Miglia.
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