Still available! Look familiar?: ’56 AC Aceca
This is the 2nd Aceca Coupe we have been fortunate to feature. The AC Ace roadster spawned an industry when you come to think of it. The Ace, designed by John Tojeiro, later became the AC Cobra and that created an industry devoted to replicas. But let’s back up a bit. The AC Ace’s beautiful lines were said to be inspired by an early Ferrari Barchetta or little boat. The bodies were hand formed out of alloy on an English wheel then attached to a ladder-type tubular frame. Originally powered by an uninspired relic producing a paltry 100bhp yet it still yielded a 100mph + top speed. In 1954, the Ace was joined by a unique hatchback Coupe called the Aceca. A more powerful Bristol engine was also available and that produced 120 bhp. And that brings us to today’s rather rare find. It is a really well-kept ’56 Aceca Coupe powered by the Bristol engine. According to the seller, the Aceca was delivered new to a customer from a dealer in Arlington, Virginia. It was originally grey and grey and sometime prior to ’88, the engine was changed. It does appear to be powered by a proper Bristol engine producing the appropriate 120hp. The listing also tells us that there were only 45 Acecas imported and only 2 like this one (was?). It is an eBay listing so click here. BTW, one sold in April 2013 for $145,000.