27th Jul, 2022 13:00

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

 
Lot 122
 

1962 AC Greyhound
1 of only 83 produced

Sold for £49,167

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: TGV 480
Chassis No: AEF 2576
MOT: Exempt

  • 1 of only 83 examples produced
  • From a 20 year ownership before entering a large private collection from which it is offered today
  • Supplied new to Jane Ann Branford Esq. of Kedington, Haverhill
  • Matching numbers example displaying 92,583 credible miles (at time of consignment)
  • Fitted with the optional overdrive on the top-three speeds

Introduced at the 1959 London Motor Show, the AC Greyhound was closer in price at £3,185 to an Aston Martin DB4 than a Jaguar XK150. Considerably rarer than either, just eighty-three were hand built before production ceased in 1963. A 2+2-seater featuring a tubular steel chassis, aluminium bodywork, all-round independent coil-sprung suspension, front disc brakes and rack and pinion steering; most examples were powered by Bristol straight-six engines (in either 2 litre or 2.2 litre guises) allied to four-speed manual transmission with optional overdrive. Concerns over future engine supply and the demands of the Shelby Cobra contract gave AC little choice but to shelve the Greyhound before its true potential could be realised.

One of just 83 examples of the Greyhound manufactured, this 1962 example is understood to be one of a mere 4 cars produced with the AC 2-litre engine allied to the four-speed lightweight aluminium-cased manual gearbox, fitted with the desirable Laycock de Normanville overdrive operating on the top three ratios. Supplied new to a Jane Ann Branford of Kedington, Haverhill, the AC was retained by her for some six years before passing to a Ray Perkin and subsequently onto Ian A. Sylvester Esq. via Sherwood Garage in 1970. Now displaying some 92,582 miles which is believed, but not warranted to be genuine, the 2+2 entered into the vendor's large private collection in 2019 from the long-term (c.20 years) previous custodian.

Finished in Pacific Green paintwork with complementary Grey leather interior upholstery, this matching numbers example has documents on file which show that the Greyhound received an engine overhaul at 60,600 miles with new liners and pistons. Subsequent returning to AC Cars in July 1970 (at 62,200 miles) for a thorough assessment, the results were fitment of a new clutch and an overhaul of the braking and steering systems. Further sympathetic restoration work was undertaken in 1990, and since entering current ownership, has benefitted from servicing and a replacement driveshaft to the cost of over £4,000. Offered with a history file which includes over a large collection of MOT certificates dating back to 1970 (supporting the mileage), numerous invoices dating back to the early 1980s, the original ‘Buff’ logbook, original owner’s manuals, a period sales brochure, and a current V5C document.

For more information, please contact:
Andreas Hicks
andreas.hicks@handh.co.uk
07943584762

 

Auction: Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, 27th Jul, 2022

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