Evaluation: Built in 1955, before AC started selling Ace-Bristols, but according to Bonhams it went back to the factory in 1960 to have its current Bristol engine fitted. With only 800 miles covered since restoration in 2007 this handsome sports has been very cossetted and it looks great for it. The fresh-looking paint is unmarked and the panel fit is exemplary. The exterior chrome is mint. The front badge looks original and is so over polished there’s no paint left on it, it’s worn smooth. The front grille is near perfect. There minor pitting to the headlight rims. The engine is clean but shows age from heat cycles and time. There’s a very recent radiator in matte black. The wheels and tyres are fresh. The seat leather and carpets are superb and look as good as new. A simply wonderful presentation, top marks.
Bottom Line: Although this mostly gorgeous Ace didn’t leave the factory with the optional and more desirable Bristol six, the reported high bid here is modest even for a base model AC-powered Ace in this condition and the decision to hold out for more was understandable.