AC Ace - Classic AC Cars

AC Cars and the AC Ace

AC Cars is one of the oldest car manufacturers in the UK and back in the early 1950's they wanted to create a new sports car to update their range and came up with the AC Ace. The Ace was the car which AC built their post-war reputation on, with styling highly reminiscent of the Ferrari Barchetta.

Unfortunately the early cars got AC's aged 2-litre straight-six engine which virtually went back to the First World War and only supplied fairly lack lustre performance. Top speed was just over the ton and the 0-60mph time was around 13 seconds, nothing special for a 2-litre car even in the early fifties. So from 1956 onwards AC supplied an option the Bristol built 2-litre straight-six which made 120bhp and increased top speed to around 115mph and cut the 0-60mph time down to under 10 seconds.

The AC Ace always had a reputation for good handling, partly as the engine was set well back in the chassis improving weight distribution, and it did well in motor sport

An AC Ace
An AC Ace | Source

The Ace and Aceca

For a couple of years in the early sixties another engine option was available, the one most sought after by collectors, which was the Ford 2.6-litre straight-six as used originally in the Ford Zephyr. But where the Ford car got a rather paltry 85bhp the Kevin Rudd-tuned version supplied to AC had around 170bhp, and offered a noticeable step up in performance. The power output was similar to that of the factory Ford Zephyr rally cars of the time. Very few of the 2.6-liter cars were built.

The AC Ace was, of course, a convertible, the coupe version of the car was known as the AC Aceca. There were only around 1,100 versions of all types combied built.

Technical Specification: AC Ace

Engine: Straight-six (AC, Bristol, Ford) 1991cc, 1971cc, 2553cc

Power: 102-170bhp

Brakes: (F/R) Drum, but later cars had discs at the front

Transmission: 4-speed, with optional overdrive

Suspension: Independent

Top speed: 117mph (Ace Bristol)

Acceleration: 0-60mph in 10 seconds

An AC Ace on a Hillclimb

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