1926 AC Six Tourer Registration no. YR 4984 Chassis no. 13589 Engine no. 1841
AC's Weller-designed six entered production in 1922, helping to secured the marque's place in motoring history when in 1926 a 2.0-litre model driven by Victor Bruce and W J Burnell became the first British car to win the Monte Carlo Rally.
The six-cylinder AC chassis followed the lines of its four-cylinder contemporary, featuring quarter-elliptic springing front and rear, a three-speed gearbox in unit with the rear axle and worm final drive. Front wheel brakes were optional at first, becoming standard issue from 1927. Although the first sixes were running in 1919 it took some time to get production under way and most ACs produced immediately after The Great War were powered by British Anzani engines. Rated at 12hp for taxation purposes, the four-cylinder AC remained in production until 1928, the firm relying exclusively on the Weller six thereafter.
This rare AC Six was purchased by the current vendor in 1972 and used successfully on VSCC rallies for the next few years, winning the Club's Northern Rally in 1978 and '79. Dry stored for the last 30 years, the car will require re-commissioning before returning to the road and thus is sold strictly as viewed. It should be noted that the engine, which is fitted with triple SU carburettors, is not original to this chassis. The original engine, number '2147', is available separately (Lot 535A). No reserve.