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1960 AC Aceca

Bristol
$132,626
Sale Price
$120,000 - $181,000
Est. Range
No
Reserve
5 February 2021
Sold Date
22
Lot Number
#3-
Visually maintained, largely original
Artcurial
Auction House
Chassis no. BEX795. Light gray over red leather. 1971/128hp, 5-speed, three Solex carburetors, chrome wire wheels, Dunlop Racing tires, woodrim steering wheel, wood dashboard panels, green translucent sun visors.

Evaluation: 100D engine block, 100 B2 cylinder head (# 100 B2 4011), original valve covers with the original engine number 100 D2 1084. Superficial old repaint, cracked original upholstery, older replaced interior trim and carpets. The engine compartment is aged, dirty and highly original; there are no photos of the chassis but it is probably consistent with the engine compartment. Tires are aged, dirty, and cracked. The body panels look straight. Carpets are scruffy and the chrome is weak. The 5-speed’s shift lever and pattern appear to be from Japan. An intriguing car but with many replacements and work-arounds that detract from its appeal even as a restoration project.

Bottom Line: There wasn’t much love at Artcurial for this Aceca Bristol, which opened at €90,000 and advanced only one increment to the final bid. Nevertheless, the price here makes the car an expensive indulgence. Restored to beyond perfect trailer queen condition, it might, even with its mixed-up engine and gearbox, bring $200,000. The problem is getting to that condition would cost well more than the $68,000 left after paying this much.

by Rick Carey
12 February 2021
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
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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