Lot 284 - 1922 AC 12/40 boat-tailed sports
|Odometer reading||19 miles|
|Estimate||£37,000 - £42,000|
|Result||Sold - £52,640|
The first car from what eventually became AC was presented at the Crystal Palace Motor Show in 1903; it was a 20HP touring car and was displayed under the Weller name. Calling it the 'Auto-Carrier', a new company was founded and named Autocars and Accessories; production started in 1904. In 1907, a passenger version appeared, called the A.C. Sociable. The company became Auto Carriers Ltd. in 1911 and moved to Ferry Works, Thames Ditton, Surrey-at this time they also began using the famed 'AC' roundel logo. After the war, John Weller started on the design of a new overhead-cam six-cylinder engine, the first versions of this design were running by 1919. The Weller engine would be produced until 1963; it is possibly the second-longest-lived production motor in history after the Volkswagen boxer. In 1921, Selwyn Edge (who had been with Napier & Son) bought shares in the company and was appointed governing director. He did not get along with Weller or Portwine, who resigned less than a year later. In 1922, the name changed again to AC Cars Ltd.
This 1922 AC Sports is a unique survivor one of only two left in existence, an original Ferry works Thames Ditton body and chassis, matching numbers engine and transaxle powered by 1,500cc Anzani engine with three forward gears and rear brakes only. This car returned from Canada in 1995, During previous ownership the engine had been completely rebuilt and it is an extremely well sorted and reliable car, to testify to that it has also completed in two Monte Carlo challenges. In fine fettle, this has recently been displayed at Brooklands Museum's Vintage Society Day and 2013 Vintage Revival at Montlhéry.
AC provided each car with a Brooklands 70mph certificate as proof of achieving this speed at Brooklands and this is believed to still be present. The AC has its original bespoke boat-tail body and was sold in polished aluminium to display the craftsmanship of the company. Under the bonnet the car is extremely clean and the two seater bench seating arrangement is finished in Blue with all the dials and instruments correct and as far as we are aware fully operational.
There are only two known AC Sports surviving today, a 1921 model and this 1922 model and this was also featured in Simon Taylor's 'AC Heritage' Book and is a piece of history at both Brooklands and Thames Ditton.
This may be the only chance you will ever have of owning such a car from one of the longest manufacturers of quality vehicles. You also have to consider that wherever you go you will probably never see the other one!
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