The AC Aceca
Did you know AC Ace has a close relative? You may or may not be familiar with the car's coupe cousin, the AC Aceca. The Aceca is the closed version of the Ace featuring a curved wind screen, larger timber-framed doors and a sort of hatchback. The Aceca is actually the second car to feature a hatchback after the the Aston-Martin DB2/4. Technically the Aceca and Ace were virtually identical but if searching for an Aceca, there are some caution points.
1957 AC Aceca Bristol - at the California Mille 2012
Although priced the same new, the Aceca today is not worth as much as the Ace, despite its good looks. Like the Ace, it was available from 1956 with Bristol's derivative of the prewar BMW 328 engine and Ruddspeed-tuned Ford 2.6 (only 8 made). The Aceca is heavier than Ace and as a result, is slower off the line.
Overall, the Aceca earns three out of five stars for reliability, maintenance costs, and market appeal. The car earns two out of five stars for parts and support. Rotten woodwork beneath the skin is the biggest worry. Prices vary, and as you would expect, cars with provenance command the highest prices. Like all classic cars these days (especially British) the value is expected to hold firm if not climb.
We had the opportunity to drive with an Aceca on this year's California Mille and it's a spectacular car that is right at home on curvy, scenic roads. Later this week we'll find an Aceca for sale- will it be the next classic car for your collection?
(Description courtesy of Sports Car Market magazine)
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