AC Aceca

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1958 AC Aceca.

The Aceca (pronounced "A-See-Ka") is a closed coupé frae the Breetish AC Caurs company, produced frae 1954 till 1963. The caur originally haed an AC engine but the similar Bristol-ingined Aceca-Bristol wis also available alangside the original frae 1956 tae 1963 when production o the ingine ceased. A few caurs wur built frae 1961 tae 1963 wi a 2553 cc tuned Ford Zephyr ingine an sold as the Aceca 2.6.

Based on the open twa seat AC Ace, the Aceca wis a hand-built grand tourer in the Breetish tradition, wi ash wood an steel tubin uised in their construction. Ane notable feature wis the hatchback at the rear, makin the Aceca anerlie the seicont caur, efter the 1953 Aston Martin DB2/4, tae incorporate this element.

151 Acecas, 169 Aceca-Bristols an 8 Ford-ingined models wur built when production haltit in 1963.[1]

The main difference between the Aceca an Aceca-Bristol wis the ingine. Baith uised a straight-6 unit, but the Aceca shared its 90 hp (67 kW), 1,991 cc (121.5 cu in) overhead camshaft AC ingine wi the lichter AC Ace, while the Aceca-Bristol uised a 125 hp (93 kW) "D-Type" 2.0 L (1971 cc/120 in³) unit sourced frae Bristol Caurs. The Aceca-Bristol wis also available wi a milder "B-Type" Bristol ingine o 105 hp (78 kW). The Bristol specification addit $1000 to the Aceca's $5,400 price tag in the Unitit States. In the UK the basic caur cost £1722.[2]

The front-end stylin o the Ace an Aceca reportedly traces back tae a design done bi Pinin Farina for AC in the late 1940s. The caur haes exceptionally licht weight awin tae a tubular frame, aluminium ingine block an aluminium body panels. Lairge 16" spoked road wheels, an almaist perfect fore/aft weight distribution allowed exceptional handlin on loose, dirt tracks. It also features front-wheel disc brakes (addit in 1957), transverse "de Dion" leaf rear suspension, articulated rear half-axles, worm-gear steerin, an optional overdrive on 2nt, 3rd & 4t gears, curved windshield, an leather covered bucket seats. The suspension is independent at the front an rear uisin transverse leaf springs.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Sedgwick, M.; Gillies.M (1986). A-Z of Cars 1945-1970. Devon, UK: Bay View Books. ISBN 1-870979-39-7. 
  2. Robson, Graham (2006). A-Z British Cars 1945-1980. Devon, UK: Herridge & Sons. ISBN 0-9541063-9-3.