If you’ve been paying attention to the market, ACs of all types have been sky-rocketing in the past few years, and while not cheap, the Aceca may still be the most under-valued of the AC post-war cars. A fantastic, usable car for rallies, club meets, or even to show.
hought I’d run this one time (and one time only) on eBay before I consign it to Amelia Island, where any serious buyer will pay considerably more than they can buy it for here and now. I don’t have high hopes for this venue, but if there is any serious buyer out there, now is the time to buy – save yourself some money while getting a great car!
Offered here is a beautiful 1958 AC Aceca (titled as a 1959). This car left the factory on June 24, 1958, and along with several other cars, was shipped to BC Sports cars in Alberta, Canada. A total of 7 AC Acecas went to Canada in 1958 (out of a total of only 11 for all years). It spent its entire life in British Columbia until I purchased the car and brought it to the US (an adventure unto itself) because I could not find a single Aceca for sale here. The ownership history is known, and I am only the sixth owner in the cars history – you could be the seventh!. Only 28 AC-engined Acecas were built in 1958, and only 151 for all years. Rarer than an AC Ace, but still priced below the Aces (but for how long???)!
This car, AEX672, has undergone a mechanical and cosmetic restoration, done sympathetically to retain originality where sensible (like the seat leather and wood veneer on the dash), and replacing/restoring items as needed. The car has the bullet-proof AC engine along with the Moss 4-speed gearbox, and is ready to be enjoyed by a new owner. The car retains its original radio, as well as 5 of the correct (and rare) 56-spoke16-inch wheels in the correct ‘Argent’ silver, which look great on the car. Reflecting its cold-weather heritage, the car is fitted with exceedingly rare electric carb-warmers, an option I have personally never seen before. Period Moto-Lita wood steering wheel (which was a factory option). There is absolutely no rust or corrosion, and the undercarriage reflects the quality of the car. Judging by the lack of corrosion between the steel tubular frame and aluminum body (often a point of galvanic reaction when moisture is present), this car has been well-maintained and must have been kept dry and garaged its entire life. Engine is fitted with a period-correct full-flow oil filter. The pictures below should give you the overall impression, and if any potential buyer would like any pictures of particular areas just email me. If you’ve been paying attention to the market, ACs of all types have been sky-rocketing in the past few years, and while not cheap, the Aceca may still be the most under-valued of the AC post-war cars. A fantastic, usable car for rallies, club meets, or even to show, this is a great opportunity to get one of the very few Acecas on the market today, especially one with it’s correct engine! (many now have Fords, Triumphs, or some other lump swapped in.). The car retains its original handbook (well-worn!), and comes with a stack of receipts and documentation dating back into the 1960s, including correspondence and orders with the AC factory for replacement parts. New tires of the correct size and type (bias-ply) for the car, which will let you drift through those corners and really experience the feel of the period! Lights, turn signals, wipers, horn, gauges all work (OK, except for the clock, as usual). Paint is base/clear . Great oil pressure at all temps, of course, since the engine has had a complete rebuild.
Some of the outstanding features include:
- original seats in excellent condition
- original seat belts
- original radio, speaker box, and antennae
- original sun visors
- original wood steering wheel
- 5 original 56-spoke wheels
- correct bias-ply tires
- original handbook
- original ‘Left Hand Drive’ tripod headlights
- supporting documents
- detailed under-carriage
- optioned with heater/demister (with a heater that actually heats the car nicely!)
- bare-metal respray
- complete engine rebuild
- new rear ‘Perspex’ window from England
- new Perspex license plate window
- new front windscreen from England
- Rechromed window frames
- New AC knock-offs
- New weather stripping, window felts, etc.
- New silencer(muffler) and flex pipes
- Stainless steel front and rear bumpers
- complete set of original bumper end caps
- Extra paint for any touch-ups from using the car!
- much, much more…