1953 AC Ace

1953 AC Ace

Named the Ace, the attractive new two-seater was a hit at the 1953 London Motor Show, and A.C. Cars was back in the sportscar business. Naturally, in Britain’s “Export or Die” era, America appeared as its market savior. A year or two earlier, racing car constructor John Tojeiro had seen Ferrari’s Touring-bodied 166MM Barchetta and built himself an alloy-bodied, ladder-chassis replica racer, using a 1.5-litre MG engine and various Cooper mechanicals. Tojeiro sold production rights to AC Cars, which revised the bodywork and fitted its own ageing, 63kW 2.0-litre six-cylinder to create the Ace. A year later, the very pretty roadster was joined by a similarly elegant hardtop, dubbed the Aceca (pronounced “a-see-ka”).

1953 AC Ace