1957 ACECA AC BRISTOL - Road registered "RB25" then "49VMT" - Extensive racing history at Brands-Hatch, Silverstone, 1957 Tour de France, Goodwood, etc... Body-off restoration in 2016.
Very well-know AC with in period extensive racing history in the UK and at 1957 Tour de France Automobile
One of 171 AC ACECA Bristol built
Body-off restoration in 2016
Eligible for Tour Auto, Mille Miglia, Goodwood
The most proficient and successful AC ACECA BRISTOL
The AC ACECA BRISTOL is a rarer car than any of the ACs. Only 171 ACECA Bristols were built in their day, and only several cars has been raced in period, making it a rare specimen of a model which is very seldom offered for sale. This particular car chassis BE621 is the most proficient and successful ACECA BRISTOL of the ACECAs built at that time.
BE621 is very well-known to the AC ACECA BRISTOL Register. Built the 24th August 1957, between 1957 and 1962, Ron Brightman and Hugh Dibley lined up in it in numerous races at Snetterton, Brands Hatch, Silverstone, Goodwood, including the celebrated 1957 Tour de France Automobile. During Ron Brightman ownership it was road registered R25. When Ron Brightman sold BE621 he kept the registration number and gave it to his new acquisition, a Lister Jaguar. When Hugh Dibley bought BE621 it received the road registration 49 VMT, it still has today. It was originally finished in Svecia Red with black interior. As part of its first restoration done in 1980, it was painted light grey and fitted with red interior.
In period racing history
From 1957 to 1959: owner and pilot Ron Brightman
Road registration RB25
31 Aug 1957 Goodwood
07 Sept 1957 Silverstone
15 to 21 Sept 1957 Tour de France Automobile DNF
05 Oct 1957 Silverstone
13 Oct 1957 Outlon Park 1st
26 Dec 1957 Brands Hatch
29 Mar 1958 Mallory Park Hit Bank
20 Apr 1958 Mallory Park
20 Apr 1958 Silverstone 2nd
26 May 1958 Mallory Park
01 June 1958 Snetterton
06 June 1958 Silverstone 2nd
08 June 1958 Brands Hatch
14 June 1958 Goodwood 2 x 1st
29 June 1958 Snetterton
12 July 1958 Goodwood 4th
04 Aug 1958 Mallory Park 4th
09 Aug 1958 Snetterton 1st in class
30 Aug 1958 Shelsley Walsh
20 Sept 1958 Silverstone
27 Sept 1958 Silverstone
From 1959 to 1964: owner and pilot Hugh Dibley who later raced of the famous Howmet Turbine eXperimental at Brands Hatch and Le Mans.
Road registration 49VMT
27 June 1959 Goodwood 2nd
16 Apr 1960 Rufforth
07 May 1960 goodwood
19 May 1960 Snetteron
03 July 1960 Brands Hatch
09 July 1960 Goodwood
06 Aug 1960 Snetterton World Cup Race
27 Aug 1960 Silverstone 21 lap Relay
11 June 1962 Goodwood
A body-off restoration in 2016
BE621 has been the subject of a body off restoration in 2016 and is in excellent condition. The stunning, high quality light grey paintwork is flawless, done over an extremely straight body with excellent door, bonnet, and boot fit. Photos exist of the body in bare metal during the restoration which depicts an original and extremely straight shell.
The interior was also restored, and has been trimmed in very high quality, soft, red leather on the door panels, seats, dash, and rear firewall. The red carpets are in very good condition. All the gauges have been restored, and are original Smiths units. This example is fitted with racing style safety belts and a nice wood rimmed steering wheel.
The engine was rebuilt in 2016 and it has just run for 1.000 miles. The engine compartment has also been restored, and could be casually shown with pride. The inner fender well aluminium has been replaced, and body supports, suspension pieces, radiator, and valve cover all painted correct semi-gloss black. The headers have been freshly ceramic coated, and are pristine. A new wiring harness was fitted as part of the restoration work, along with new water hoses. Nordic air filters sit atop the triple carburators.
The underside shows every sign of the body off restoration, and is free of rust or obvious damage repairs. Correct finishes are applied where appropriate, and the results are very impressive.
Mechanically, the car in very good condition. During the current ownership period, from late 1993 onward, the car was used in several prestigious events such as the Colorado Grand and California Mille, among others, and kept in careful storage at Fantasy Junction when not in use. The engine was rebuilt by Apex Automotive Engineering, and records are present to confirm this work. The engine starts easily and makes excellent power with minimal smoke. The clutch and transmission both operate as they should. This example is fitted with the much more user friendly front disc brakes which came into mainstream production in 1957, an impressive engineering achievement for the era.
The clutch and transmission both operate as they should. This example is fitted with the much more user friendly front disc brakes which came into mainstream production in 1957, an impressive engineering achievement for the era.
As this example has participated in the 1957 Tour de France Automobile, it is highly eligible for the Tour Auto optic 2000. As a 1957 year of production, it is eligible for the Mille Miglia and many other prestigious events around the globe.
With the car comes a very complete file of historic documents. The ACECA on offer affords a rare opportunity to acquire a ready-to-race car with high collector value thanks to its clearly and fully documented history.
Price on request
: ACECA BRISTOL (First serie)
: Bristol 6 cylinders, 2 litres
: 140 bhp @ 6.800 rev/min
: 4 speed + overdrive
: 965 kg