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The AC Ace was manufactured in Thames Ditton from 1953 to 1963 and it was the Ace sports car of 1953 that made the company's reputation in the post war years. AC used John Tojeiro' design of a light ladder type tubular frame, all independent transverse leaf spring suspension and an open two seater alloy body. AC's 100 bhp two litre overhead cam straight six cylinder engine was initially the only engine choice but in 1956 Bristol Cars two litre 120 bhp straight six was an alternative. The AC Ace is a truly iconic car, famous for its Motorsport history in 1959 when claiming top honours in the 2000cc class. These highly desirable cars have become very collectable and motors cars with this level of provenance are becoming scarce on the market.
AFT 900 is not a car that has had opportunity to spend much time on the open market over the past 40 years. The current Dorset based owner bought the AC in 1971 and kept the vehicle for four years and managed to buy the car back again in 2010, thirty five years after first selling it. When owned during the 1970's the AC was treated to some body restoration work and a full repaint in the original AC colour of Dragonfly Blue. Since 1971 the AC has remained in Dorset and spent considerable time in an AC collection owned by the current owners accountant. The car always changed hands locally and has been kept as a very usable, well presented car. The car had been used for some long distance rallies and had some minor modifications such as twin fuel pumps.
Over the past five years the AC has been limited to very low use but has been kept in strong mechanical order. Prior to coming onto the market the AC has had an engine service, brake service that included new linings and the AC passed its MOT at the first attempt with no advisories. The AC drives beautifully with a superb, smooth engine holding excellent oil pressure. The four speed gearbox is a delight to use and the car handles and brakes superbly. On the road AFT 900 is fabulous and will not disappoint. It feels usable, robust and has proven reliable. The AC has a nicely aged feel with lovely older paintwork. The underside is excellent and straight, the alloy body has straight panels and the odd stone chips and minor marks add to delightfully aged feel to the car. The upholstery has a nice patina and the car is very honest throughout. Over the past five years the AC has been part of an impressive small collection and this car will appeal to all different types of classic car buyers. It can be immediately used and put in regular use, it can be a fine addition to a collection and it can be detailed, improved and taken to show level.
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