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General Forum / 3 questions
« on: October 08, 2016, 05:00:46 »
I'm one of those lurking in the weeds. I'm been a fan(atic) of AC cars for 60 years since I first saw a road test in Sports Car Graphic. I worked on a friend's badly wrecked BEX in the mid 1960's and in the early 1970's owned RS5024 and was a member (and didn't particularly have a welcoming experience with the US arm of the club (AND "why do you want to be a member?")). I post periodically when I think I have something of interest to contribute. I have every book on AC's I can find and have contributed to one. One of the reasons I follow the forum is in hope of sometime seeing that 5024 has re-appeared. If I were blocked from the forum I would lose the primary source of information on these terrific and interesting cars (and while I prefer the 1955-64 cars, I refer to ALL models). I would dearly miss hearing from all of you!

Ace, Aceca & Greyhound Forum / Cobra Aceca!
« on: September 29, 2016, 18:06:25 »
I went back to Fantasy Junction's sold inventory and found this:
   AEX 688, converted in 1963:
   But not the Bill Hart car pictured above. There was another for sale in Monterey (dark blue/green '56 Aceca) on Bring a Trailer and if I recall a yellow one in Texas.
   Looks like they're all over the place here in the states!

Ace, Aceca & Greyhound Forum / Cobra Aceca!
« on: September 29, 2016, 06:38:08 »
I believe the one with the large flares (or a similar one) was in a collection in the Seattle area until it was liquidated a few years ago and then I believe the car was sold by Fantasy Junction in CA. In the late 1960's there was a red Aceca Ford V8 in Northern CA it was done at about the time Shelby was creating the Cobra. If I recall these were mentioned in a thread about other V8 conversions (the Mongoose, etc.) a couple years ago.

Recent ACs / AC Mk I (reloaded)
« on: September 07, 2016, 22:27:06 »
I just read this. Since Steve Grey is doing them I assume they'll be in aluminum rather than composite as with the 50th anniversary cars:

Add that the "authentic" AC id number will not be an Axx, Bxx, Rxx series number and it will be obvious that the vehicle is a repro/replica.
   I think there was mention of obtaining a historic chassis to obtain an in period plate. That is something that is unique to certain areas of the world. Here in the states, plates change from state to state, owner to owner, and in some cases with regularity to assure a clean identifiable plate. In the end it is the manufacturer's ID which is important and an AC "EL" ID does not make an Ace.

Here's a similar car which was on the market a while back (for quite some time before finally selling at auction at about half the value of a real 2.6):

Recent ACs / AC MkVI
« on: August 18, 2016, 21:22:30 »
Interestingly this ad just appeared on Classic Driver:

Cobra (Thames Ditton) Forum / A.C.Cars Ltd ID Plate
« on: May 27, 2016, 02:55:28 »
Factory Five's own website says "The Factory Five Mk4 Roadster is the world’s best-selling, best-engineered, and best-performing replica of all time." SO basically it is a component car with a reproduction AC ID tag designed to look like a Cobra (with a notation that "Cobra" is a registered trademark of Ford Motor Company).

Ace, Aceca & Greyhound Forum / Racing History BEX333 (1957-1964)
« on: February 05, 2016, 02:00:14 »
Keith, if I recall somewhere earlier in this discussion we found that while Pete Lovely worked at/with Imported Motors, Tom Carstens ((now passed away) was the owner and went on the be a fairly large VW dealer prior to re-locating to Las Vegas (if I recall correctly as I cannot find that information now).
   I did find a reference to a Cliff Garlatz, a sales manager for Imported Motors in 1957 being responsible for forming the MG Car Club of the Northwest. I cannot find a current reference for a Cliff Garlatz but do have a contact for the historian of the MG Car Club which I believe puts on the Tulip Rally during the tulip festival near my home.
   I'll see if I can make contact with the club and see if anyone was around in the 1950's.

Ace, Aceca & Greyhound Forum / Racing History BEX333 (1957-1964)
« on: December 20, 2015, 17:40:59 »
Here's the Racing Sports Cars entry for Arlington:
   and the full listing for Jim Parsons:
   Since the Arlington record includes only 1 Ace (Ken Miller) it appears to be incomplete.
   Happy Holidays Keith and wishes continued success in ferreting out historic information for BEX 333.

Ace, Aceca & Greyhound Forum / BEX 1166
« on: November 26, 2015, 17:37:59 »
I've seen a number of photos of this Ace in various reports on the Monterey Historics:

Great find!
   I suspect that the paper numbers taped to the trunk is a temporary permit to drive across country. It appears that there is also a temporary registration taped to the windshield.
   In the 1960's I was run out of New Mexico on a trip from Denver to Tucson because the temporary registration on my MGB was due to expire at midnight!

428 Frua Forum / AC 428 Convertible For Sale
« on: November 01, 2015, 19:14:49 »
Originally posted by BBK
I may give them a call.  Seems it has been for sale before and previously sold at Fantasy Junction.   Beautiful car.  Interesting that it had wire wheels on it when it was for sale at FJ.  I like that look better.

   Are you sure the car with wires you're referring to is CFX37? Fantasy Junction shows they previously sold a green convertible with wires and automatic which was CFX54 (which I believe is the subject of a thorough restoration under another topic on this site).

Recent ACs / AC MkVI
« on: October 23, 2015, 17:56:22 »
A couple of questions regarding the specs, what does the aluminum epoxy body mean and it it my understanding that the engine is provided by Chevrolet. The specifications say it's a V8 Compressor (supercharged?) engine of 6.2 liters producing 437 BHP and 585 NM torque.
   My non-supercharged 2012 6.2 liter Corvette produces 430 BHP and 580 NM torque. This suggests only a 7 HP and 5 NM gain from the supercharger?
   The current Corvette 6.2 liter non-supercharged engine produces 460 BHP and 630 NM!

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