Lot 219 - 1952 AC Two Litre Saloon
|Odometer reading||56,000 miles|
|Estimate||£9,000 - £11,000|
|Result||Sold - £10,080|
Produced in Surrey between 1947 and 1956, only 1,284 AC Two-Litre, four-door saloons were ever produced and even fewer drophead coupés and 'Buckland' tourers made the production line. AC's 1991cc engine was the first offered by the company in the AC 16 in 1922 however, by 1947, the engine boasted a power output of 74bhp and increased again in 1951 to 85bhp, more than twice claimed for the engine's original application.
An aluminium paneled body on a wood frame was fitted to a conventional steel chassis with rigid axles front and rear and semi-elliptic leaf springs. For the first time on an AC, hydraulic dampers were used and, until 1951, the car had a hybrid braking system; hydraulic at the front and cable at the rear. In 1948, a two-door saloon car costing £1,277 was tested by The Motor magazine achieving a top speed of 80mph and could accelerate from 0-60mph in 19.9 seconds.
This Two-Litre saloon, offered in mid-blue with blue leather upholstery and polished walnut dash, is in beautiful original condition. The standard Smiths instruments, Brooklands steering wheel and original tool kit are all present and the auto cold start, which in these cars is prone to fault, is working correctly rendering this Two-Litre saloon, as the vendor explains, "a pleasure to drive".
Accompanied by a wealth of history, dating back to 1958, and including correspondence between the previous owners and AC of Thames Ditton, this also boasts a buff log book, original instruction manual and many old MoT test certificates amongst the plentiful history which is well worth the time to inspect and a testament to the care afforded her throughout its life. With just under 56,000 miles on the clock and a genuine useable attitude, this fine example will be a pleasure to own and drive for many years to come and, with so few still in existence, why not own something a little unique.
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