Evaluation: US-delivered. Older paint with some detail scratching and general tiredness but no serious flaws. It has just been buffed a few too many times. Impressively clean under the hood but has a replacement engine. Good interior. A few marks on the wheel rims. Older restored underneath. An unexceptional but solid and handsome Bristol.
Bottom Line: The Ace-Bristol is a gorgeous, capable car as well as a highly collectible one. It would be even if the Shelby Cobra had never come about. This one was a $240,000 no-sale at Bonhams Scottsdale in 2019. That was a soft offer, but it didn’t have much better luck at the Monterey Jet Center. It’s a perfectly good car, but the replacement engine, non-original paint and generally aged condition of the restoration were enough to steady bidders’ hands, and it went to a new home at a modest but reasonable number.
And the fact that the body had been butchered up, maybe in the day but not nearly as pretty as a stock version that generally sell at a higher price.
Bad picture wrong car , my apologies.