Ace and Aceca 1951 to 1963
AC Ace and Aceca 1951 to 1963
For many years the Ace has been better known as the precursor to the Cobra, but it was a highly significant model for AC in its own right. Blessed with good looks, and a more sophisticated chassis than AC's previous models, it proved popular and did a lot for the company's image at home and overseas from its launch in 1951. AC's elderly 2 litre engine didn't have enough power though, which was addressed with a Bristol engined version in 1956. Additionally, a 2.6 Litre Ford six in various states of tune could be optioned from 1961. The Aceca was a coupe version, revealed in 1954, with the same engine options as the convertible. Production of all versions ceased in 1963.
From 1951 to 1958 the AC and Bristol engined cars were fitted with a 550-16 crossply tyre as standard (a radial replacement for this would be a 550R16, or 165R16).
From 1958 to 1960, the 550-16 crossply remained standard, but there was an optional wider wheel, fitted with either a 650-16 or 670-16 crossply (radial option is a 670R16).
In 1961 the 550-16 was still standard on all cars, but the option became a 15-inch wheel, fitted with a 640-15 crossply tyre (for which the radial option could be 185R15). From 1962 onwards, all the cars had the 640-15 crossply as a standard fitment.