Although AC's reputation was established by John Weller's famous overhead-camshaft six, its early offerings relied on proprietary four-cylinder engines: that offered here being one such. 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. Indeed, the company was then engaged in an active competitions programme under the stewardship of that formidable motoring personality, S F Edge and the policy had already born fruit the previous year when an AC six broke the 24-hour world record for its class with a speed of 82mph.
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, standard issue from 1927. Although the first sixes were running in 1919 it took some time to get production under way and the majority of 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 original and un-restored AC Royal was first registered in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on 13th August 1926 and has Anzani's 1½-litre four-cylinder sidevalve engine. 'TN 4042' has had only six owners from new and has been in the current family's ownership since 1954. Its extensive accompanying history file contains photographs of the car taken in the 1950s and others taken at Goodwood, Silverstone, Prescott, etc together with details of awards won at various VSCC rallies. The tourer-plus-dickey coachwork is finished in green/cream while the interior is upholstered in grey leather and vinyl. Both body and interior are described as 'patinated' and the car's mechanical condition is said to be good. Taxed until November 2013, this delightful, Vintage-era AC tourer comes with the aforementioned history file, Swansea V5 document and local taxation office letter listing previous owners. (An MoT certificate is no longer required for cars built before 1960).