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Ac Ace 1666 - 1936-1938
Everyone has heard of the thunderous ac cobra, but that spectacular car has overshadowed acs long history as one of the oldest names in the british carmaking industry, ac was founded in 1904 to build a three-wheeled delivery vehicle, the auto-carrier, whose initials give the company its name.
Top speed of 86 mph
engine typedrivetrain: Water-cooled, overhead-valve, 6-cylinder
displacement 1,991 cc (1.99 l) power output 70 hp
transmission ¦ 4-speed manual or preselector
chassis: Channel-steel; Front and rear suspension by semielliptic leaf springs; 4-wheel drum brakes; 2,420 lbs.
ac owes its long survival to the fact that it curtailed production almost entirely during the great depression (after two financial crises, the firm was liquidated in 1929 and sold) and was only able to resume work in the early thirties with a generous burden of debt. The reborn ac played it safe, building handsome sports cars with typically british styling: Cutaway doors, fold-flat windshields and long, sweeping fenders. Under the hood remained the faithful double-overhead-cam engine that dated back to 1919-
the rarest ace
the most coveted and prized of the thirties acs was the ace 1680, built on a chassis shortened by fourteen inches and lightened by the removal of its cruciform crossmember. It was an excellent car for trials and rallies and a thoroughly
comfortable one, too, for everyday driving. Though the ace 1680 looked good, it had few sporting successes, and its relatively high price restricted its sales the car found just eleven buyers.
The ac ace sports two-seater was one of the most handsome cars of its day, but it suffered from sluggish sales.
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