1959 AC Ace 289

Despatched on the 15th January 1959 to Competition Motors, California, USA this AC Ace originally left the factory with an AC six cylinder engine.

The engine was upgraded to a Cobra style 289 V8 sometime before 1991; on file, there is a copy of the AC Ace & Aceca Register with a hand written date of that year, noting the last known owner as B Murillo with the comment “5/87 Action; Current engine: Ford 289”

In 1992 the car was the subject of a complete restoration by Restoration Associates, California. Further restoration work includes a full repaint to its current colour and the fitment of a Borg Warner T5 gearbox in 2003. From California this Ace emigrated to Australia in 2012 and has seen very little use. As such it presents remarkably well, a testament to its earlier restoration.

Aside from the running gear and Cobra style rear bumper, this Ace presents as a standard looking AC Ace, the T5 gear lever the only give away in an otherwise standard cabin. Finished to a very high level, this V8 engined Ace is more than quick enough to raise your heart rate!

Year: 1959
Make: AC
Model: Ace
Dealer: Pendine
Pendine specialise in the sale of historic cars for road and track. Whilst focusing specifically on the immediate post-war period through to the 1970s, our experience ranges from Edwardian racers through to the supercars of the 1990s. The company is named after Pendine sands, the 7 mile stretch of beach on the south coast of Wales that was the setting for Britain claiming and retaining the land speed record in the 1920s. The record runs started with Malcom Campbell in 1924, Parry Thomas with ‘Babs’ in 1926 and finally Campbell again in the first Bluebird in 1927. In the spirit of those pioneer racers, our mission at Pendine is to become the leaders in our field, breathing fresh life into the historic car market as we go.
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