Rare Aceca set to be a highlight at Pavilion Gardens

| 18 Jul 2013

One of just 169 AC Aceca-Bristols is expected to make £55-65,000 at H and H’s 24 July sale despite no longer having its original engine.

Dispatched new to the Castle Garage on 15 January 1957, the car was then fitted with twin fuel fillers and competed in the RAC Rally the following year with owner DG Bennett.

Now powered by a Ford Zephyr MkII 2.6-litre engine, which was fitted before entering its previous ownership in 1998.

Overhauled in 2010 the engine comes complete with a fast-road camshaft, ported head, lightweight Volvo pistons and new bearings. The unit drives through a Ford five-speed gearbox, balanced propshaft and refurbished differential.

WTG 339 has been extensively restored with work including refurbishment of its aluminium bodywork, a retrimmed interior and fresh brightwork.

Also enticing is a 1966 Marcos Mini that has covered just 150 miles and is estimated to make £12-14,000.

It was supplied new in kit form, but never road registered. Marcos Heritage Spares came to the rescue several years later, recomissioning and road-registering the car.

It features the correct dashboard, genuine Mini Marcos seats and original bodywork.

Offering a completely different driving experience is a 1965 Sunbeam Tiger that is estimated to make £24-28,000.

Seen by many as a more affordable AC Cobra, the car features a 260cu in Ford V8 and has been uprated to include a Kevlar clutch and a Holley carburettor.

Other useful additions include a power-steering conversion and a mohair roof.

The sale offers everything from a 1990 Jaguar XJ220, featured in the July issue of C&SC is offered at no reserve, to a lightly resorted 1985 Ford Escort RS Turbo (£5500-7500).

View the full lot list on the auction house’s website.