Monday, May 27, 2013

AC Aceca Bristol - 1960


AC ACECA BRISTOL ....




Founded in 1904 by the Weller brothers in West Norwood in England, the company will take the name of Auto Carriers Ltd in 1911 and then to AC Cars in 1922. "AC" is more than a century old company that has experienced a chaotic life until the Second World War. The founders left the ship in 1922. The company was liquidated in 1929 and bought by the Hurlock brothers. Until the late 30s, AC is confined to the production of economic utilities. It was only after the Second World War that the company will diversify its range with small sedans and sports coupes. In the collective memory of auto enthusiasts, the name of AC is forever linked to that of the Cobra sports car of the 60 driven by a huge V8 Genuine Ford. " AC Cars Group Ltd. "has become over time a small British car manufacturer, today known for its sports cars ....


In the early 50s, after the war, recovery and hard and the firm is then limited to a facelift to the old 2-liter models seriously dated technically. To boost this aging range, the new owners proposed various sports versions, especially AC Ace roadster and its derivative off, the amazing AC Aceca . Ace was not an original creation of the firm AC. Ernie Bailey, the head of the body workshop AC, prompted the Hurlock brothers became interested in roadster made ​​by a local craftsman, John Tojeiro, a British engineer Portuguese origin. The body of the roadster was Tojeiro modern aspect, and especially lighter than the production of AC. The proposed Hurlock brothers John Tojeiro redeem his manufacturing rights of his roadster. The prototype was exhibited at London in October 1953. Compared to the car Tojeiro, the figure was slightly redesigned, with a more prominent grille and headlamps repositioned. The unusual AC Aceca was born ....


Officially launched in 1954 at Earls Court area, cut AC Aceca is dressed in an attractive aluminum body (where a featherweight 850 pounds) who has a family resemblance to the Aston Martin DB Mk III. This is a very elegant small closed coupe will be produced from 1954 until 1963. It is one year after the AC Ace roadster with which it shares the mechanics. This very small coupe Vintage Classic 2 +2 was a great road built by hand in the great British tradition. One notable feature of the car was the hatch at the rear, as it was the cut AC Aceca the second car after the 1953 Aston Martin DB2, to incorporate this unusual item on sports at the time. On the design side, the designer John Tojeiro had done an excellent job as the overall look is very harmonious with its elegant curves and bumps, but the aerodynamics party had not been set aside so far. The chassis of the beautiful AC Aceca Bristol adopted similar to that of the Italian Touring Superleggera structure, known for its excellent stiffness / weight ratio ....


For the production of cut AC Aceca Bristol , the firm moved to Thames Ditton with the motto not to compromise on the quality of manufacture of its cars, and it had a cost. At the time, the Aceca was 50% more expensive than a Jaguar XK 140, but well below an Aston Martin DB 2/4 its direct competitors, or at least those it affects. They have serial disc brakes at the front, while a full overdrive equipment. The beauty of the car is obvious with this subtle mix proportions supported by the spoked wheels, it is beautiful, elegant but also sporty and classy. The interior of the cut AC Aceca is also very neat, nothing is missing, at the height of the British reputation grade wood, leather upholstery color, comfortable carpet, even tabeau board is complete and put enhanced by a stunning aluminum wheel rim and wood. Only downside, the mechanics of the cut AC Aceca whose design dated back to the '20s quickly showed its limits in terms of power so that the small British firm eventually procure engines at Bristol from March 1956 ... .


Dice 1957 coupe AC Aceca Bristol Bristol receives the six-cylinder two-liter (1971 cm3) more efficient that its distribution is ensured by a central camshaft. Powered by three Solex carburetors, it now develops more than 130 horsepower and provides the AC so enviable performance as a top speed of 210 km / h. The AC chassis well designed no problem cashing the extra power. The Bristol Motor enjoyed at the time an excellent reputation. Extrapolated BMW prewar and seizure under spoils of war, this mechanism is built by the automotive division of the manufacturer "Bristol Aeroplane Company," which was reworked to increase power. It was machined with extreme care as identical to those of aviation standards, using the best materials. More powerful than the old AC motor, it also proved more suited to motorsport. The engine power of the cut AC Aceca Bristol evolved over time, reaching 140 horsepower. Very quickly, it was necessary in the range, at the expense of the old mechanical AC ....


Specifications :

    Engine: 6 cylinders
    Displacement: 1971 cm3
    Power: 140 hp
    Torque: 250 Nm at 5500 t / mn
    Speed: 210 km / h




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