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AC, founded in the 1890s, began their production of Motor cars in 1913. In 1954 AC released the first Acecas to the public and the awaiting press. The car was instantly a hit with both consumers and the press alike. Autocar wrote in their July 1956 issue that "the AC Aceca is one of those indulgences which provide a very sound reason for being alive." The popularity of the AC owed mainly to the pretty front end that came from an original design for AC by Pinin Farina. Moreover the car was well priced, under £2,000. The Aceca also handled remarkably well benefitting from a tubular steel frame and Aluminium body panels for lightness, 16" spoked wheels, and a four speed Gearbox with an overdrive option. The Aceca benefitted from front disc brakes that were available as an option from 1957.
This Aceca, chassis number BE 746, was one of only 169 cars produced with the Bristol engine. The engine was an aluminium construction based on an originally BMW design unit as featured in the 328. Fitted with Solex carburettors these engines produced 125 HP and propelled the AC to a top speed of 125 MPH. BE 746 also benefitted from the optional front disc brakes and overdrive in 2nd 3rd and 4th gears. The car was first supplied new in 1959 to Gerald Ward, a close personal friend of the Prince of Wales and Godfather to Prince Harry. Mr Ward then sold the car on to MR F Boneham of Nottingham in 1964. Mr Boneham owned the car until 2007 when it was sold to the current owner. In 2007 the very original and complete car was treated to a full restoration costing in excess of £100,000 and is presented in its as restored original colour. The car has covered 62,500 miles and is presented with an extensive history file detailing all work carried out on the vehicle and a multitude of correspondence.