The Stan West Collection,1958 AC Ace Roadster  Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W

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Lot 215
The Stan West Collection
1958 AC Ace Roadster
Registration no. 146 FPJ Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W

Sold for £ 149,500 (US$ 203,570) inc. premium
The Stan West Collection
1958 AC Ace Roadster
Registration no. 146 FPJ
Chassis no. AE 440
Engine no. CL2354W
*Original AC-engined car
*One of only 21 built in 1958
*Restored in 1993
*Acquired for the Stan West Collection in 2008

Footnotes

  • "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.

    An influential and widely imitated design, the AC Ace (and Cobra derivative) could trace its origins back to a one-off sports-racer built by chassis engineer John Tojeiro for Cliff Davis in 1952. The success of Davis' Tojeiro sports-racer prompted AC Cars to acquire the rights to the design, which was put into production in 1954 as the Ace. The Davis car's pretty Ferrari 166-inspired barchetta bodywork was retained, as was Tojeiro's twin-tube ladder frame chassis and Cooper-influenced all-independent suspension, but the power unit was AC's own venerable, 2.0-litre, long-stroke six. Designed by AC co-founder John Weller, this overhead-camshaft engine had originated in 1919, and with a modest 80bhp (later 100bhp) on tap, endowed the Ace with respectable, if not spectacular, performance. Nevertheless, in tuned form the Ace enjoyed great success in production sports car racing, winning its class at the Le Mans 24-Hour Race in 1959. In 1955 AC added a hardtop version - the fastback-styled Aceca - and both models later became available with the more powerful Bristol engine before production ceased in 1963. Towards the end of production the Ace was also available with the 2.6-litre overhead-valve Ford Zephyr engine installed. Only 223 cars were delivered with the 2.0-litre AC engine compared with 463 Bristol-engined cars and a further 37 Ford-powered examples.

    This AC-engined Ace's first owner kept the car from 1958 until 1986, while the second and third owners were members of the same family. In 1993 the chassis was stripped and repainted, and at the same time the car was treated to a mechanical overhaul and interior re-trim. The rebuild included the engine, brakes, steering and clutch, while the water pump, starter motor, dynamo and wiring loom were renewed.

    '146 FPJ' was purchased by the immediately preceding owner at Bonhams & Brooks' Goodwood Festival of Speed sale in July 2001 (Lot 751) and thereafter was kept garaged in a climate controlled motor house and cherished as part of the owner's small private collection. Stan West purchased the Ace at Bonhams' Olympia sale in December 2008 (Lot 618), at which time it was described as "Used regularly and... a delightful car to drive... presented in superb condition and offered with an extensive history file..."

    Since acquisition the AC has been used sparingly, and like all the cars in Stan's collection has been stored in a bespoke motor house and maintained in tip-top order by his in-house mechanic. It has also benefited from the attentions of Oselli Limited, as evidenced by bills on file for various works carried out in 2009/2010.
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The Stan West Collection,1958 AC Ace Roadster  Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W
The Stan West Collection,1958 AC Ace Roadster  Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W
The Stan West Collection,1958 AC Ace Roadster  Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W
The Stan West Collection,1958 AC Ace Roadster  Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W
The Stan West Collection,1958 AC Ace Roadster  Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W
The Stan West Collection,1958 AC Ace Roadster  Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W
The Stan West Collection,1958 AC Ace Roadster  Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W
The Stan West Collection,1958 AC Ace Roadster  Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W
The Stan West Collection,1958 AC Ace Roadster  Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W
The Stan West Collection,1958 AC Ace Roadster  Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W
The Stan West Collection,1958 AC Ace Roadster  Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W
The Stan West Collection,1958 AC Ace Roadster  Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W
The Stan West Collection,1958 AC Ace Roadster  Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W
The Stan West Collection,1958 AC Ace Roadster  Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W
The Stan West Collection,1958 AC Ace Roadster  Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W
The Stan West Collection,1958 AC Ace Roadster  Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W
The Stan West Collection,1958 AC Ace Roadster  Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W
The Stan West Collection,1958 AC Ace Roadster  Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W
The Stan West Collection,1958 AC Ace Roadster  Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W
The Stan West Collection,1958 AC Ace Roadster  Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W
The Stan West Collection,1958 AC Ace Roadster  Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W
The Stan West Collection,1958 AC Ace Roadster  Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W
The Stan West Collection,1958 AC Ace Roadster  Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W
The Stan West Collection,1958 AC Ace Roadster  Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W
The Stan West Collection,1958 AC Ace Roadster  Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W
The Stan West Collection,1958 AC Ace Roadster  Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W
The Stan West Collection,1958 AC Ace Roadster  Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W
The Stan West Collection,1958 AC Ace Roadster  Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W
The Stan West Collection,1958 AC Ace Roadster  Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W
The Stan West Collection,1958 AC Ace Roadster  Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W
The Stan West Collection,1958 AC Ace Roadster  Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W
The Stan West Collection,1958 AC Ace Roadster  Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W
The Stan West Collection,1958 AC Ace Roadster  Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W
The Stan West Collection,1958 AC Ace Roadster  Chassis no. AE 440 Engine no. CL2354W
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