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Vintage, PVT & 2 Litre Forum / Re: On the road, finally!
« on: March 04, 2021, 11:11:44 »
I think I have both the correct inlet manifolds (two types) and Stromberg OE-1 carbs (correct for vintage AC's) but I would need to check at other premises. Before doing that, and making the journey, send me a p.m. if you decide you want to go back to original carburation....

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I can answer some of the questions. There is nothing written on the back of the photo. I think it may have been used to produce a postcard, quite common at the time, of everyday London street life.

The AC is a four-cylinder 12/24. Note the lack of door on off-side and the positioning of spare wheel here, which would date the car model around 1923/4. A posting above mentions the mascot; it was known as the 'Speed Nymph', made by A E Lejeune and was available from early 20's. The car's licence plate with letters 'XT' were a short term issue for three months, from April 1924, by Greater London. The lighting I can see is CAV, so taken together, all points to the car being a 1924 four-cylinder 12/24, licenced likely early summer of that year. It no longer survives.

The open-top bus was built using a running-chassis from AEC and the body being built (usually) by London General Omnibus Company. The model was called the 'K', each one was numbered on the bonnet and preceded with the letter 'K'. The bus was operated by LGOC from 1919 and through the '20's. It would have 'General' written on the body side and it is their logo seen on the radiator (and the bus stop on the right of the picture). The driver was under the canopy but otherwise exposed to the elements and sat to the off-side of the engine. The 'LU' number plate on the bus was issued April and May 1919 in NW London.
 
Sorry, can't help with the type of aircraft...

PS I think the second bus is on Route 29A.

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AC gets overtaken by boy in pedal car (well, pedal aircraft to be precise) - photo attached!


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Carroll Shelby's personal Cobra 427 sold last Friday at the Mecum Auction, Kissimmee for a whopping $5.94 million (£4.34 million). Here's a video of the sale:

https://www.motorauthority.com/news/1130693_carroll-shelby-s-1965-shelby-427-cobra-fetches-5-94m-at-mecum-auction


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Photo attached.

Apart from being Managing Director of AC Cars, S F Edge was M.D of Cubitt Cars also. The car on the left, in the photo, is a Cubitt. They were declared bankrupt in 1925:

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Vintage, PVT & 2 Litre Forum / George Bernard Shaw
« on: December 07, 2020, 22:24:33 »
Photo attached, taken December 1921, of George Bernard Shaw, playwright, political activist etc, in his AC 12/24:
 

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Recent ACs / Re: Two new models
« on: November 13, 2020, 11:49:59 »

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Vintage, PVT & 2 Litre Forum / Re: Vintage Six
« on: September 26, 2020, 18:16:59 »
Why so cheap? The last three or four of these vintage Sixes sold between £20-35,000.

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Vintage, PVT & 2 Litre Forum / Errol Flynn and his AC
« on: August 08, 2020, 18:55:39 »
Although born in Tasmania, Australia, a part of Errol Flynn’s private education was in London. His acting training also was in Britain so when recommended for film work in Hollywood it wasn’t unusual that many there saw him as the archetypal Englishman and he was soon cast as a dashing character in action films.

It is said that he owned an AC, a 16/80 Competition Sports. The prewar US importer was ‘English Motor Cars Ltd’ of New York and this model, with the fastback tail (not the slab tank), was AC’s attempt to enter the American market in 1936. He may well have bough the car or the marketing may have meant that Errol Flynn was approached with an offer to use one of the cars (not unusual then, nor now) for promotion - just the right image; a sporting English car for the successful ‘English’ actor!  The US venture did not prove successful however and most of the cars were returned to the factory in 1938. Photos below:







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Sold, immediately, hopefully to a ACOC member, or even going to the club's archives?

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General Forum / Re: 1937 with Cats Paw Engine
« on: July 02, 2020, 13:53:17 »
just noticed a fully re-built cat's paw engine, minus carbs, for sale at Brooklands Enginecraft, £15,000. tel (UK) 01380 584966.


Link below, yes, this is ALL very interesting:

https://brooklandsenginecraft.co.uk/ac%20weller%20engine.html

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General Forum / Re: AC/ AC Owners Club sticker
« on: June 27, 2020, 11:28:11 »
They may not be 'official' nor 'recognised' (but then, nor would be something you design yourself) but AC logos do appear all the time on Ebay - from signs, transfers, coasters, key rings you name it. Here's just one, for example:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/AC-COBRA-LED-600mm-ILLUMINATED-GARAGE-WALL-LIGHT-BADGE-SIGN-LOGO-MAN-CAVE-GIFT/162183457061?hash=item25c2e32925:g:-nAAAOSwFc5Xwtut

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Vintage, PVT & 2 Litre Forum / 2-litre hubcaps
« on: January 15, 2020, 17:23:45 »
Four 2-litre hubcaps for sale, on-line at Catawiki:

https://www.catawiki.com/l/33196185-hubcaps-ac

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