1952 AC SPORTS SALOON Registration Number: NGU 902 Chassis ...






Registration Number: NGU 902
Chassis Number: EH1951
Recorded Mileage: 92,800 miles

Previous ownership of over 45 years
Extensively restored over a 10+ year period
Wonderfully presented and a delight to drive

As a motoring brand, AC came a long way, growing from a maker of simple 3-wheeled vehicles in the Edwardian era into the fire-breathing race winning 7-Litre Cobras of the 1960s. Most ACs were hand built in the Thames Ditton, Surrey works from 1911 until 1984, with a break to assist the WW2 effort. Production resumed in 1947 when the familiar 1991cc 6-cylinder engine was installed into a pre-war AC chassis, onto which was mounted a streamlined aluminium 2-door sports saloon body over a wood-frame.

In 1948, an AC two-door saloon car costing £1,277 was tested by The Motor magazine, achieving a top speed of 80mph, and accelerating from 0-60mph in 19.9 seconds. From 1949 a tourer version was also available, and a four-door saloon from 1952. Production continued until 1958, by which time production was diverted to the flagship Ace and Aceca models. Nearly 1,300 2-Litres were built in all.

We are delighted to offer this truly wonderful example; purchased from specialist Malcolm Elder in 1976, the AC was acquired by a Mr. Bowers who pressed the AC into regular service as daily transport and tow car for family caravanning holidays. After a period of off-road storage, the AC enjoyed a hugely comprehensive mechanical and cosmetic restoration over a 10+ year period, and now presents beautifully. The paint and chromework have been refinished yet the wonderful leather interior trim is largely original. The rebuilt engine is said to run extremely nicely on its triple SU carburettors.

A photographic record is supplied detailing the works completed, in addition to an incredible 40 or so hand-written pages of notes detailing restoration and maintenance over 45 years of ownership. With the most recent owner the AC has benefited from a comprehensive overall service including all fluids, plus a complete water pump rebuild as a result of evidence of a water leak and bearing noise.

We are confident this is amongst if not the best presented and historied example on the market.

Supplied with extensive history files which extend to several folders, original buff and modern V5 registration documents, also MoT certificates dating to the 1970s, this is a fabulous classic car which can be used and enjoyed with pride.

Auction Date: 2nd Oct 2021 at 2pm

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Sale Dates:
2nd Oct 2021 2pm (Lots 201 to 238)