Classic Sports Cars; 1963 AC Aceca
Based on the open two seat AC Ace, the
Aceca was a hand-built GT car in the British tradition, with ash
wood and steel tubing used in their construction. One notable
feature was the hatchback at the rear, making the Aceca only the
second car, after the 1953 Aston Martin DB2/4, to incorporate this
151 Acecas, 169 Aceca-Bristols and 8 Ford-engined models were built when production halted in 1963.
The front-end styling of the Ace and Aceca reportedly traces back to a design done by Pinin Farina for AC in the late 1940s.
The car has exceptionally light weight owing to a tubular frame, aluminium engine block and aluminium body panels. Large 16" spoked road wheels, and almost perfect fore/aft weight distribution allowed exceptional handling on loose, dirt tracks. It also features front-wheel disc brakes (added in 1957), transverse "de Dion" leaf rear suspension, articulated rear half-axles, worm-gear steering, an optional overdrive on 2nd, 3rd & 4th gears, curved windshield, and leather covered bucket seats. The suspension is independent at the front and rear using transverse leaf springs..