Wednesday, February 23, 2011

1957 AC Aceca - Rare And In Need Of A Lot Of Work...

This is not going to be cheap to buy or cheap to repair. But, it's so rare and so cool I had to post it.

The Aceca was produced from 1954 - 1963. It is one of the earliest examples of a hatchback. It's based on the AC Ace, which went on to become the AC / Shelby Cobra.

Three engines were available in the Aceca; a 90 HP AC engine, which was designed in 1919, a 125 HP Bristol engine and, towards the end of its run, a Ford 2553cc engine. All were straight sixes. 151 were built with the AC engine, 169 with the Bristol engine and 8 were built with the Ford engine.

I'd be lying of I told you that I know a lot about the Aceca engines, but from what little info I can gather, this car has the AC engine in it. (Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.)

This car has been off the road since 1966, and it's pretty obvious why. The seller says the damage stops before the radiator and the suspension is undamaged. He also says the engine turns, but the brakes are "sticky". (Which I find kind of amusing. I mean, after redoing the body, the interior and probably the engine, would you really not do the brakes, whether they were "sticky" or not? It seems like such a minor thing to mention about a car that needs as much works as this one does.)

The great thing about this car is that it will be restored. Someone with the money, time and / or talent will take it on. A car that hasn't moved on its own in 45 years will be at shows for all of us to see.

Located in Camarillo, CA, click here to see the eBay listing.


Dan DiBiase said...

Dave, pretty sure that s the Bristol engine. I believe they had the strange flat top end and exhaust manifold.

The AC Ace is my favorite sports car of all time. I would love to own an Ace, Aceca or 289 Cobra.....

I think the best I could hope for would be the Ace-sorta-look-a-like body kit for my MGB!

Just A Car Geek said...

Dan - You might be right. I was pretty much guessing. I sort of remember the Bristol engine having downdraft carbs and that's what I was basing my guess on. I was probably thinking of something else.


Bill said...

Dave is correct that the Bristol engine had downdraft carbs. This Aceca has the AC engine designed by Weller and produced from 1919 to 1962. Bristol is 18 pushrod 12 valve hemi head. AC is single overhead cam with the timing chain on the flywheel end. Long stroke limited its output. Mr. Weller got a patent on the springblade timing chain tensioner used here. Later seen in Coventry Climax & V12 Jag.