Delighted to offer for sale ex JAMES BOND author Ian Fleming 1962 AC Aceca "RuddSpeed".
Presented in it’s original colour scheme dark Blue with Red leather interior original instruments, Ford 2.6 ltr RuddSpeed stage 2 engine, original gearbox.
Chassis number ‘RS5506’ is one of eight factory built Ford-powered Aceca’s with only six believed to be still surviving, only two were RHD with this being one.
AC Cars “Thames Ditton” only produced these very limited cars for short period of time – July 1961 till September 1962, little over a year, “RS5505? is seven of eight Aceca’s built.
Recorded as leaving the Thames Ditton factory on 15th August 1962 for delivery to legendary JAMES BOND Author Mr Ian Fleming, who registered it as ‘9181 ML’ on the 17th of that month. Co-incidentally, that same year Ian Fleming completed ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’, the 10th of the 14 books in the James Bond series.
The Aceca was ordered from the factory with Ruddspeed’s ‘Stage II’ conversion incorporating larger inlet/exhaust valves, lightweight pistons and triple 1½” SU carburettors mounted on a Barwell inlet manifold. Other specification highlights include a Moss four-speed overdrive gearbox, servo-assisted disc/drum brakes, twin electric fans, heater and a radio, the latter converted to FM reception!
Comprehensive history file, two large files documenting history of this motorcar, Original registration log book with Fleming recored as 1st owner, correspondence between various parties, letters from AC Owners Club, hand written letters, old invoices old MOT’S dating back to 1998, extensive amount of invoices from various specialists including TT Workshops 1989 -1997, incredible amount of work has continued between 2009 – 2012, to summarise around £90,00 was spent, large majority of work has been carried out by Jim Stokes who has been through the car completely – major work include an engine rebuild and set up, brakes, suspension, rear axel, re trim the interior including new carpets and seat re-stuffed, gearbox, wiring, ancillaries, etc, etc, invoices from ourselves Redline Engineering 2015-2016, NovaTech in 2015 checked and balanced carburettors while giving power runs on rolling road, graph shows RuddSpeed 2.6 ltr engine is producing A healthy 166.8 HP with 172 lbs Torque, FIVA identify document where the car was entered in 2002 Rome-Liège-Rome Rally.
Presented today in the highest of standards, starts and drives on the button is without question one of the best if not the best example available today, exceptional rarity with a incredible history, you wont be disappointed Mr Bond!
Viewing highly recommended.
.Chassis No: RS5506
.Engine Number: S251755E
.D.O.R 17th August 1962
.Dark Blue/ Red leather interior
.Excellent history file including original paper log book
.Manual gearbox 4 speed with overdrive
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