<B>1959 AC ACE-Bristol</B><br /> Chassis no. BEX 1003<br /> Engine no. 100D2 881

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Lot 70
Numbers matching with period racing history
One-owner from new
1959 AC ACE-Bristol

Sold for US$ 451,000 inc. premium
1959 AC ACE-Bristol
Chassis no. BEX 1003
Engine no. 100D2 881

1,971cc OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
3 Solex Downdraft Carburetors
130bhp at 5,750rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes

*Offered by the original owner
*Highly correct, numbers matching example
*Complete body off restoration
*Eligible for the most desirable events
*Impeccable and documented history including period racing provenance


THE AC ACE-BRISTOL

'Of them all, the Ace was the truest sports car: it could be used for daily commuting or for high-speed long-distance touring, but it could also be driven to a race meeting, campaigned with distinction, and driven home again - even if that race was the Le Mans 24 Hours.' - AC Heritage, Simon Taylor & Peter Burn.

The success of Cliff Davis's Tojeiro sports racer prompted AC Cars to put the design into production in 1954 as the Ace. The Davis car's pretty Ferrari 166-inspired barchetta bodywork was retained, as was John Tojeiro's twin-tube ladder frame chassis and Cooper-influenced all-independent suspension, but the power unit was AC's own venerable, 2-liter, long-stroke six. This single-overhead-camshaft engine originated in 1919 and with a modest 80bhp (later 100bhp) on tap, endowed the Ace with respectable, if not outstanding, performance.

In 1955, AC added a hardtop version - the fastback-styled Aceca - and from 1956 onwards both models became available with the more powerful Bristol 2-liter, six-cylinder engine with its ingeniously arranged, pushrod-operated inclined valves. Although taller and heavier than AC's own engine, the BMW-based Bristol was considerably more powerful thanks to its superior cylinder head design and down-draught carburettors. Up to 130bhp was available from the Bristol unit in road trim, in which form the Ace could touch 120mph (195km/h), while around 150bhp could be wrung from it for racing.

The Bristol-engined Ace was not only more powerful, it was also considerably more expensive, costing £2,011 in 1957, an increase of 22% over the price of the AC-engined version. For that you could buy two MGAs, and even Jaguar's XK140 was cheaper than the Ace Bristol. Nevertheless, by the time Ace production ceased in 1963, more than half the 723 cars built had left the factory fitted with Bristol engines.

The combination of a fine-handling chassis and a decent power-to-weight ratio helped the Ace to numerous successes in production sports car racing; arguably its finest achievement being a first-in-class and seventh overall finish at Le Mans in 1959. Indeed, its basic soundness and versatility were reflected in the fact that relatively few major changes were found necessary when the Ace was endowed with Ford V8 power to create the legendary Cobra.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

In 1959, it became obvious to the consignor that his race prepped Triumph TR3 was not going to be competitive in its class and so began the search for his dream car. In September of 1959, his search ended when he found a 1959 AC Ace-Bristol at Motorsport Corp. in Santa Fe, N.M. The dealer was in some financial trouble as they were trying to sell some rather expensive cars that were void of heaters, as a result the dealer was only in business for 2 years. With the help of his credit union and brave father who co-signed for the car, the consignor purchased BEX 1003 for $6,495 plus tax and fees.

The following spring the the consignor began racing at the airport course in La Junta, Colorado, and at CDR, the SCCA track in Colorado Springs. He won his first two races, placed second in his third race, and won his class in the feature. He would go on to win a total of 12 races over the two seasons he campaigned. The consignor considers himself very lucky to have raced with (but of course not against) the Meisterbrau Scarabs, Ferrari 250TRs, Maserati Birdcages, and Aston-Martin DB3S, among many other top competitors and references this as "the best time of my life". In February of 1962, the consignor was drafted into the army at which point the car was tucked away and would await his return. Upon returning from the service, the car was used as a road car until 1972 when it was parked due to low oil pressure.

In 1999, the consignor and his wife made the decision to restore BEX 1003 back to its former glory. The car was fully disassembled, with the body being removed from the frame. The body was brought down to the bare aluminum using aircraft stripper, while the frame was sandblasted. All of the imperfections in the body were tapped out and about four inches of the body was removed and replaced with new aluminum due to some deterioration. On the frame, the two small tubes from the wheel wells to the cab were showing signs of rust and as a result, were replaced with new, high quality steel. The flawless body was then repainted in its original shade of Old English White and re-riveted to the freshly painted frame using the original holes. The original engine was torn down and fully rebuilt to factory spec by Gary McGlasson Racing Engines in Albuquerque, as was the suspension, tie-rods, u-joints, differential, radiator, fuel tank, brakes, and hydraulics to name a few. The car was then taken to Farland Classic Restoration in Denver, Colorado where at great expense, the interior, trunk, and top were redone using the highest quality materials in the correct and original colors. All of the instruments are original and were restored by Nisonger. After the car was complete, it was trailered back to McGlasson's shop where fine tuning and road testing were performed to ensure everything was fully sorted. Since the completion of the almost four yearlong, $100,000 plus restoration, the car has traveled less than 1,000 miles.

BEX 1003 is offered with an impressive list of accompaniments which includes the original knockoffs, the original owner's manual, the original workshop manual for the engine and transmission, the original spare tire with original red Michelin tube, the original bill of sale, and numerous period photos and trophies from the car's early competition days. The sale of BEX 1003 offers an incredible opportunity to acquire an Ace-Bristol with known history from new that includes great period racing provenance – this opportunity is made even more special when considering that the car has been under the care of one dedicated enthusiast it's entire life!
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