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1960 AC Ace

Bristol Roadster
€243,600 ($293,173
Sale Price
€300,000 - €350,000
Est. Range
No
Reserve
5 February 2021
Sold Date
21
Lot Number
#3-
Older restoration
Artcurial
Auction House
Chassis no. BEX1160; Engine no. 100D21028. Dark red over black leather. 1971/125hp Bristol six, later 5-speed, stainless side-exit exhaust, painted wire wheels, dual mirrors, Moto-Lita woodrim steering wheel. Comes with original side curtains, tonneau cover, and jack.

Evaluation: From the “So British Collection.” One of 466 Ace-Bristols built. Sold new in the U.S., although it currently has a metric speedo. By the 1980s it was still Stateside and fitted with a V-8. Later restored in the 1990s with its original engine. In aged condition today with a shabby-looking but complete engine bay. Worn steering wheel and shifter. Sound but wrinkled leather. Rough-looking exhaust. Ding on the filler cap. Very old Dunlop Racing tires. Artcurial recommends a thorough servicing, so it has been sitting for a while.

Bottom Line: Assuming the attention this car needs is the straightforward kind, this was a driver-quality Ace sold for driver-quality money. And for someone who wants an AC for driving and touring, it is a much better value than the barn find Ace Bristol that Artcurial sold at its December sale for €359,00 (about $437,000 at the time). It opened at €200,000, attracted no more bids and closed later in this post-block negotiated transaction.

by Andrew Newton
12 February 2021
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
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Condition #2: Excellent
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Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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