Lot 229 - 1996 AC Ace Brooklands
|Estimate||£27,000 - £32,000|
|Result||Sold - £28,500|
The AC Ace Brooklands was launched in 1993 following two previous concept cars of 1986 and 1991, the Brooklands Ace underwent small scale production until 1997 when it received a facelift and reengineering under AC's new owners and was relaunched. The Brooklands Ace traces its history back to the 1986 concept car called the Ace of Spades that featured a high proportion of Ford parts including the 2.9 litre, V6 engine and four-wheel drive system. It underwent significant development before reappearing in 1991 with a new design by IAD, a stainless steel chassis and a Ford 3.0, V6 engine. The second prototype was a standard two-seater, dropping the 2+2 design of the Ace of Spades but retained the stainless steel chassis. In 1993 the production model was launched with a new specification and went into small scale production for two years before AC Cars folded in 1996. The production model is powered by a five litre, V8 engine from Ford which it shared with the AC Cobra producing 225bhp. The final version included an electric hood mechanism but the pop-up headlights from the earlier prototype had been abandoned but the aluminium body and stainless steel chassis was kept. Production ended with 46 of the original versions made between 1993 and 1996.
This 1996 AC Ace Brooklands is one of the last series one cars built before the change of company ownership in 1997, this one owner example was purchased new by the vendor in 1996, fitted with the stainless steel chassis and aluminium bodywork and is fitted with the five litre, V8 Ford engine has only covered 6,015 miles from new. Finished in red with tan leather interior, this AC Ace is supplied with a V5C registration document and an MoT test certificate which expires in May 2017. Being one of the 46 cars built, these powerful 1990's sports cars rarely come to market and ones that are in perfect condition are highly sort-after for collections or a ready to use rare classic.