1913 AC 10hp Light Car  Chassis no. 4383

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Lot 417
1913 AC 10hp Light Car
Registration no. BF 7794 Chassis no. 4383

Sold for £ 24,150 (US$ 30,161) inc. premium
1913 AC 10hp Light Car
Registration no. BF 7794
Chassis no. 4383
*AC's first four-wheel model
*One of a tiny handful of survivors
*Single family ownership for nearly 100 years
*Recently re-commissioned

Footnotes

  • AC's reputation was built on the Auto Carrier three-wheel vans and the Sociable tri-car, which were produced from the early 1900s, but the 10hp light car introduced in 1913 was the first four-wheeled vehicle built by the company. It was advertised as 'The Elite of Light Cars' and used a French Fivet engine driving via a three-speed gearbox integral with the rear axle. This 1913 example is one of only three or four survivors, and is believed to be the only one in the UK. The definitive marque history, 'AC and Cobra' by John McLellan states: 'there is considerable disparity about how many were built but it is likely to have been dozens rather than hundreds'.

    This example was owned by one family in New Zealand for nearly 100 years until its shipment to UK in 2015, since when it has been re-commissioned and registered. It is in generally excellent condition, and although restored appears to be very correct and original. The hood, side screens, and hood bag are very nicely made and seem to be virtually unused.

    The car is said to start easily and run very well. The 1,097cc four-cylinder engine is very responsive, and the AC has a lively feel unusual in an Edwardian light car. The rear transaxle is known to have been rebuilt in New Zealand, and the gear change is delightful and the transmission quiet. There is a disc-type transmission brake, with the foot brake operating on the rear hubs; the braking is rather better than one would expect from a car of this era.
    This rare early AC is offered with a history file including sundry invoices and photographs; a VCC events passport; a current V5C registration document; and extracts from the New Zealand 'Beaded Wheels' magazine in which the AC's restoration is featured.
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1913 AC 10hp Light Car  Chassis no. 4383
1913 AC 10hp Light Car  Chassis no. 4383
1913 AC 10hp Light Car  Chassis no. 4383
1913 AC 10hp Light Car  Chassis no. 4383
1913 AC 10hp Light Car  Chassis no. 4383
1913 AC 10hp Light Car  Chassis no. 4383
1913 AC 10hp Light Car  Chassis no. 4383
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