Beautifully Restored Aceca, Over $100,000 in Recent Work
1958 AC Aceca Coupe
s/n AE 650, Engine no. CL 2350 EN WT
Red with Black Interior
In 1953, AC Cars introduced their Ace roadster, which was followed shortly thereafter by a closed variant, the Aceca. Featuring the same lightweight chassis and handsome aluminum bodywork, the cars were powered by AC’s venerable 2.0 liter inline-6. The closed version featured a useful hatch type access to the generously sized luggage compartment, which made the car surprisingly practical. Thanks to their excellent roadholding and light weight, the cars were quite successful in competition. With only 328 examples of all types built, they are also quite rare.
This particular car is a matching-numbers right hand drive example that left the factory on 23 April 1958, originally finished in bright blue with a beige interior. The car has seen a high quality restoration and is in excellent order throughout. Much restorative work was completed in 2010, including a cosmetic restoration. The car was repainted, the chrome renewed, most of the glass replaced, the undercarriage cleaned, detailed and restored. The interior was also redone, including upholstery, carpets, and wood. The radiator was also recored and the carburetors rebuilt. All work was performed or contracted by Morgan West in Santa Monica, California, totaling approximately $100,000.
The car is in excellent cosmetic condition, with high quality paint over a straight and solid body. The gaps are tight and even throughout. The glass and lamps are also excellent, including the Lucas headlamps. The chrome is very good to excellent throughout, and the car makes a very strong cosmetic impression overall.
The interior is also very nice, with recently reupholstered seats and new carpets, both of which were done to high standards. The wood is excellent, having been recently refinished as well. The door panels, headliner, and dashboard are in very nice shape as well, and the headliner is of the correct mohair material. The instruments and switches are also in very fine shape. The rear compartment has been restored to the same high standards and is accessed through a large hatch, a feature that appeared on the contemporary Aston Martin DB2 and was also employed on Jaguar’s E-Type.
The engine compartment is extremely clean and nicely detailed. The valve cover is polished and the car has purposeful exhaust headers. The triple carburetors are also evocative and the level of finish in the engine compartment is universally high, which is reinforced by the presence of Ohlins (!) shock absorbers, which were recently fitted to the car.
This is a rare opportunity to acquire a beautifully-restored Aceca that has been prepared and maintained regardless of cost. The car is complete with restoration invoices, owner’s manual, and numerous spares including side pipes with mufflers, side pipes without mufflers, front and rear bumpers, jack, knock-off hammer, shock absorbers, and miscellaneous other pieces.
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Fantasy Junction • 510-653-7555 • 1145 Park Ave, Emeryville, CA 94608