The front-end styling of the Ace and Aceca reportedly traces back to a design done by Pinin Farina for AC in the late 40s. The curves are exquisitely executed along the long “bonnet” and around the headlights and simple grill. Exceptional light weight (owing to tubular frame, aluminum engine block and aluminum body panels), large 16″ spoked wheels, and almost perfect weight distribution allowed exceptional handling.
About 320 Acecas were completed before both it and the Ace were replaced by the potent AC Cobra.
1959 AC Aceca For Sale
Details: Listed for sale on eBay; located in Illinois. The Aceca is currently bid to $51,095 with five days left on the auction. The current bid does not meet the seller’s reserve. Seller Northshore Imports is asking $94,995 on their website.
>Seller Comments: “This is an original, unrestored, running, driving specimen equipped with the AC six cylinder 3.0 litre motor and 4 speed transmission. The mileage showing is 10,021 but not claimed as original.”
“Recent mechanical restoration included engine bottom end rebuild, carbs, brakes, wire harness, cooling system, correct 16 inch Michelin X tyres. The car is complete with engine crank, grease gun, front & rear bumpers, and owner’s manual. This car has been driven nearly six thousand miles in the past two years.”
Sports Car Digest Comments: The 2008 Sports Car Market price guide suggests a $60,000 – $85,000 price range for a AC Aceca, while the May – August 2008 Cars That Matter price guide advocates a $75,200 – $128,000 range.
This seemingly very original AC Aceca has a great look and patina. While we do appreciate the original condition and lines, we think the $95k asking price is better left for a completely restored Aceca. Another word of caution: the seller does not mention any body issues, which always raises our suspicions, especially on British cars.
1959 AC Aceca – Photos