AC Aceca 1955 (Historic Plate) Silver
AC Aceca Registration No: 464 UXY - Chassis No: AEX 525
This car became extremely well known in the USA through the VSCCA and Historic Racing during its 29 years ownership with Mr. Warren Wegele. Between 1987 and 2002 the car appeared at: Meadowbrook Historic Races 1987,1988,1989, 1990 Pocono VSCCA 1988 Pittsburgh Grand Prix 1988, 1991, 1992, 2001, 2002 Mid Ohio 1992
It is also to have thought to have raced in Europe in the 1960?s and 70?s but further details are being awaited Factory records show an AC Cars build completion date of 14 September 1955 - Chassis AEX 525. Original engine fitted AC 2 litre number CL 2182-W Car is an export model, therefore left hand drive and was delivered to Portugal in 1955.
In 1962 a Portuguese nobleman, Francisco Jose Gentil Heredia, bought new one of the rare 35 factory produced 2.6 Ruddspeed AC Aces - RSX 5009. He had it returned to the factory a number of times to increase the specification to stage 4 tune (probably stage 5) and fitted with Borrani wire wheels.
Although road going the car was raced in Europe including at Cascais. Tragically the car suffered fire damage on a European ferry dockside August 1964. This caused extensive damage to the aluminium bodywork. The Ace was stored for some years in this condition until Heredia?s brother decided to carried out a mechanical transplant to the Aceca he owned The following mechanical components were professionally transplanted from the ruined Ace to the Aceca, such as: 2.6 Ford engine & ancillaries. (This modification became an accepted and approved modification by AC Cars who by this time were fitting either the Ford 2.6 or Bristol 2.2 engines to their production models) Fitted with triple Weber carburettors A Raymond Mays head CL 28694 Moss gearbox Front wheel disc brakes and rear drums Ace front and rear over-riders 15" x 6" Borrani wire wheels The wheel arches are modestly flared to accommodate the Borrani wheels Suspension Prop shaft & stub axle Instruments The owner also had the front of the car remodelled as a Ace/Cobra ?long-nose?, naturally in aluminium.
Following this extensive work it is believed that the car then raced in Europe however this needs to be confirmed.
In circa 1975 the car was exported to America where it remained until 2006, the last owner having owned the car since 1977 Whilst in the States a roll cage bar was fitted and the suspension modified by the renown engineer and race driver Chris Lawrence (who won the 1962 Le Mans class win in a Morgan) and who was also racing a 'Cobra beating' Aceca on the West Coast.
During 2007 the car was recommissioned for the UK and apart from road use has had some shake down runs at Prescott and the "Wings and Wheels" display and runway run at Dunsfold (Top Gear) where it caused more of a sensation that the Cobra's. It was featured in Classic & Sports Car - "Discovered" section (page 33) June 2007 and also numerous editions of the ACOC club magazine 'Action' including a lead article in April 2007. It is also shown on the AC website under the ?Wings and Wheels? feature. The car is included in the book "AC Six Cylinder Sports Cars" by Rinsey Mills showing the Ace driven by Heredia that became the donor to the Aceca following the Ace's disastrous fire. This episode is reported in the book This car is truly unique as it is the only one in the world having such history and provenance. In spite of spending all of its life abroad the car is well known in terms of reputation, especially by members of the ACOC UK.
An extensive file and race action video comes with the car, which is currently Taxed (exempt) and MOT'd.
Current Insurance valuation agreed by AC Club - 90,000, but sensible offers considered.
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