1958 AC Ace

Sale Price
$250,000 - $325,000
Est. Range
18 August 2022
Sold Date
Lot Number
Older restoration
Broad Arrow Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. BEX385; Engine no. 100D2941. Green over black leather. 1971/120hp Bristol engine, 4-speed, painted wire wheels, tonneau cover, woodrim steering wheel, hardtop.

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.

by Andrew Newton
25 August 2022
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