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A.C. Ace
John Tojeiro designed a Bristol-engined racing car for Cliff Davis that had a sports car body styled to resembe the Ferrari 166MM Barchetta (body by Gray and Rich Panelcraft). AC were persuaded to turn this car into a production reality and it was exhibited at the 1953 Motor Show with AC 2-litre engine as the AC Ace. Alan Turner developed the AC Ace during 1954 and a coupe version as the AC Aceca was launched in 1954. At launch the Ace had the 1991cc 6-cylinder overhead cam engine that Paul Weller had been designed in 1919. Even though the Weller Six was now giving nearly 90bhp a more modern engine was needed, so AC signed a contract with Bristol for their 1971cc ohc 6-cylinder engine. This engine was not brand new, and Bristol had acquired this BMW-designed Six from Frazer-Nash as part of War reparations. The AC Ace-Bristol and AC Aceca-Bristol were both available from 1956. By 1961 Bristol were no longer able to supply their engine, and the final few Acecas were given the Ruddspeed 2.6-litre engine that was a development of Ford's Zephyr engine. Ace production ended in 1963 with the launch of the AC Cobra.
aa_AC Ace 1955 badge
AC Ace 1955 - badge on bonnet
aa_AC Ace Bristol 1958 badge
AC-Bristol - bonnet badge
ab_AC Ace-Bristol grille
AC Ace-Bristol 1958 - grille
AC Ace 1953 front
AC Ace 1954. Launched in 1953 the Ace was initially given the 2-litre 6cylinder engine which was first designed in 1919, though not in the 85bhp version available to the Ace. The grille cowling is an accessory often fitted for racing.
AC Ace 1954 front
AC Ace. The Ace was launched with the long-serving AC 2-litre engine under its bonnet.
AC Ace 1954 rear
AC Ace. Niceties such as wind-up windows were not available on the original Ace.
AC Ace 1955 front
AC Ace 1955. The Ace body began as a one-off plagiarised version of a Ferrari Barchetta built by Gray and Rich Panelcraft and fitted to a chassis designed by John Tojeiro. This recipe was worked up into what became the AC Ace
AC Ace 1955 rear
AC Ace 1955. John Tojeiro designed a Barchetta body for a Bristol engine to be raced by Cliff Davis. Tojeiro took his design to AC Cars and this was worked up into the AC Ace.
AC Ace 1958 front
AC Ace. In 1961 the AC Ace was modified with a lower bonnet line, a shape that was retained for the AC Cobra. A Ruddspeed tuned Zephyr 2.6 litre engine was also aavailable, but only 37 were sold.
AC Ace 1958 rear
AC Ace remained on sale from 1953 until 1963 when the AC Cobra took over the production line.
AC Ace Bristol 1956 front
AC Ace Bristol 1956. The car which inspired the AC Ace had a Bristol engine and from 1955 AC offered the Bristol 1971cc engine as an alternative to the AC 2-litre unit.
AC Ace Bristol 1958 front
AC Ace Bristol. In 1956 the Bristol 1971 cc, six cylinder 125bhp engine introduced to the Ace, restoring it to the mechanics of the original Tojeiro-Bristol of 1952.
AC Ace Bristol 1958 rear
AC Ace Bristol. The aged AC 2-litre engine was replaced by a Bristol 2-litre engine from 1957, and disc brakes were given to the car.
AC Ace-Bristol front
AC Ace-Bristol 1958
AC Ace-Bristol rear
AC Ace-Bristol
i_AC Ace 1955 interior
AC Ace 1954 - interior
i_AC Ace Bristol inside
AC Ace Bristol - interior
s_AC Ace 1955 side
AC Ace. John Tojeiro designed a Bristol-engined racing car for Cliff Davis that had a sports car body styled to resemble the Ferrari 166MM Barchetta (body by Gray and Rich Panelcraft), and AC's Alan Turner translated it into the AC Ace.
s_AC Ace 1958 side
AC Ace. The Ace featured a lightweight chassis clothed with hand-crafted aluminium panels.
t_AC Ace Bristol tail
AC Ace Bristol
w_AC Ace 1955 wheel
AC Ace 1954 - rear wheel
A.C. Aceca
A.C. Cobra
Austin-Healey 100, 100S, 100M, 100/6
Bristol-engined Frazer-Nash
key text:  This is the page introducing Simons love of cars from the website  RedSimon which is a series of photo albums of Simon GP Geoghegan.
The names of Pinin, Farina, and Pininfarina are also considered
There are also notes on Pininfarina
as well as the car maker
and links tothat car maker
see also my Picasa car albums
withe even more on RedSimon
Simon is also a contributor to SuperCars.Net
And also to Wikipedia
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