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Lot 129 - 1951 AC Ace Ford 2.6 Ruddsport

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££93,640

Auction Blenheim Palace July 2015
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Lot Number 129
Reg. Number KDF 616
Chassis Number 1558
Year 1951
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Launched at the 1953 Earls Court Show, the AC Ace attracted immense interest not only for its superb lines but also because it was one of only two production cars then available with all independent suspension. It was also a sports car in the best of British tradition, capable of 103mph and 0-60mph in 11.4 seconds. Despite a relatively high price, the Ace proved popular when production began in 1954, its appeal further increased by works competition results that included 11th overall and a class win on the Tulip Rally the following year.

An Ace was also campaigned to great effect by Ken Rudd, whose Ruddspeed concern had coaxed 100bhp from the 2-litre engine. Competition successes continued, both in the UK and USA, as well as at Le Mans in 1957 and 1958.

Only 37 Ace 2.6 Roadsters were built by AC cars from 1961 to 1963. This Ace was constructed to exacting standards by respected specialists Bill Monk, Steve McFarland and Nigel Winchester over a 19 year period from 1991 to 2010.

With all aluminium body work and a period AC chassis number, according to the vendor all mechanical components are early 1960s. This includes the stage 5 Ruddspeed engine with aluminium head and triple Webbers developing an impressive 180bhp, coupled to a Moss gearbox with overdrive.

KDF 616 also benefits from the fitment of the correct discs and Alfin drum brakes, a detachable roll cage, and has been fully trimmed with period instruments and gauges.

The car comes complete with a large dossier of the entire project from 1991 to 2010, Historic Vehicle Classification, and, importantly, full FIA HTP papers. The car is finished in grey metallic with the interior in matching black hide and is said to be in pristine condition throughout.

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