This is a 1957 AC Aceca Bristol that is now fitted with a period 2600 cc Ford Zephyr engine.
Prior to my ownership (just under 2 years), the car was subject to a long and detailed restoration and I have all the photographs and invoices dating back to 1997 plus earlier information dating back to 1978. It is not known what happened to the Bristol engine although the Ford engine which is fitted has some lovely period features such as the Rudspeed rocker cover and Aquaplane special inlet manifold. It currently runs on 3x1.25 inch SU's although 1.5 inch carbs would bolt straight on.
Since owning the car, I have had the front wheel arches re-shaped, the engine rebuilt with fast road cam, lightweight volvo pistons, ported and balanced with new bearings throughout and the gearbox rebuilt with new bearings and seals. The gearbox fitted is a Ford Sierra type 5 Speed box.
I also had front inertia reel seat belts professionally fitted by 'Qickfit' seat belts who also fitted an engine compartment fire extinguisher. The front transverse leaf spring was also rebuilt to incorporate an extra leaf to cope with the heavier ford engine. A new kenlow fan was also purchased and will come with the car but is not fitted.
I also had fitted a rack and pinion conversion supplied by AC expert Mr B Yates. However, I have retained all the original steering column and steering mechanism should the new owner wish to convert it back. Likewise I have left the original Bristol engine mount on the chassis by utilizing a remote spin on oil filter so that a return to Bristol power would be relatively straightforward.
According to the AC owners club, the car took part in the RAC Rally of 1958 and the twin fuel filler caps were reputed ly fitted for this. First registered in 1957, the car was built prior to the last Mille Miglia rally and would, in original form, be eligible.
It currently sits on 15 inch 'cobra type' wheels but 16 inch original type wheels are easy to obtain. Brakes are standard Alfin drums at the rear with the later type disc brakes at the front. The trip meter in the photos is not included but all the wiring and sensor are in place. The car is in excellent condition and runs beautifully having now covered a couple of thousand miles since the engine rebuild.
Please contact me for further details.
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