Lot 317 - 1981 AC 3000 ME

Lot 317 - 1981 AC 3000 ME

Lot 317 - 1981 AC 3000 ME

Lot Number 317
Registration RAP 147X
Chassis Number ME301R80000116
Engine Number S-11
Odometer reading 85,600 miles
Estimate £15,000 - £20,000

The AC 3000 ME was launched at the London Motor Show in 1973 and offered for sale by AC Cars between 1979 and 1984. During the 1970’s, AC Managing Director, W. Derek Hurlock, developed a new and smaller car. Mid-engined designs were in fashion at the time and in 1972 the prototype Diabolo was built with an Austin Maxi engine and transaxle. However, following considerable investment in development using the BLMC power unit and transmission, the engine manufacturers decided that they needed all the E series engines they could make to power their own Maxi and Allegro models, so the Diabolo project appeared likely to collapse for lack of an engine. In much the same way as they had taken up the Tojeiro prototype and turned it into the Ace, AC acquired the rights and at the 1973 London Motor Show showed their own version, the mid-engined 3000 ME with the 3.0 litre Ford Essex V6 engine installed transversely over a custom AC designed gearbox. The car featured a steel chassis making extensive use of square-section steel tube with a strong monocoque for the central portion of the body. This framework supported a fibreglass body.

This AC has been very well cared for by the vendor with recent works including new brake callipers, balljoints, driveshafts, wishbones and gearbox overhaul. In addition to this, the chassis and suspension have been overhauled and both cylinder heads refurbished. Mechanically, this is a very well sorted example as confirmed by the extensive history folder. From a cosmetic point of view, the red coachwork is in good order however the interior could do with a little time and investment. We are advised by the vendor she drives exceedingly well and the 2994cc Ford Essex engine sounded delightful during our inspection. Supplied with a V5C registration document and a current MoT test certificate valid until 27th July 2018, with only 106 units manufactured in total, these highly useable AC’s are a rare sight on British roads.

 

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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