Ex Works Date: 17 September 1957
Registration Number: OSU 187
Chassis Number: BEX 349
Original Engine Number: Bristol 100D 687
Replacement Engine Number: Bristol Sport BS1 MK3 140
Original Right Hand Drive car, Drum Brakes all round, 16 inch Wire Wheels with Dunlop Racing Tyres, wet weather equipment, Tonneau cover and single race screen.
Many modifications for fast road driving, rallying and hill climbs, FIA papers and great documented history file with restoration photographs.
One of ONLY 446 Bristol engine AC Aces.
AC Ace Bristol
Originally supplied new to St Lucia in the British West Indies, not much early history is known about the car, but when restored in later years it was identified that it was apparent the car had been modified for competition use.
The areas enhancing from the modifications were namely a strengthened chassis tube by the steering box and a supplementary bracket which supports the steering box.
It also had a single wrap around race screen and three matching mounting holes, which were found during restoration in 1999/2000.
The most important indicator of a competition history is the fitment of the Bristol Sport BS1 MK3 engine which would have possibly originated from a Frazer Nash or Cooper Bristol and would seem to be fitted in period.
On Repatriation back to the UK in 1989 it was restored (Photographs of the restoration on file) and the original bright red paintwork was changed to British Racing Green. The car remained BRG until the restoration in 1999/2000 when it was repainted the original Red.
The car has four recored owners in the Uk since 1989. First registered in the UK on 3rd May 1989 to Mr M Campbell Bowling of London. The car was then sold through Sotherby's in 1996 to Mr John Maclay of Lymington and then purchased by the previous owner. During this time it was featured in the "Ace Racing" book by John McLellan and Tony Bancroft.
In 1999/2000 the car under went another restoration, repainting the car back to the original Red and rebuilding the engine.
During the ownership the car has been used for a number of European events being; "TOPS" club team (Tunis retro Grand Prix 2002 (2nd place in sports car race) Rally de Paris, Vernasca Hill Climb, Ollon-Villars Hill Climb and run at the Aintree revival (for the only year it took place)
Since the car has been used sparingly and stored in temperature controlled conditions.