16th Mar, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

 
Lot 21
 

1961 AC Greyhound
A very rare example - One of only 83 produced

Sold for £70,875

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: RJT 999
Chassis No: BEF2538
MOT: Exempt

  • Once owned by Colonel John Nicholas Blashford-Snell CBE. British Army officer, explorer and author who founded Operation Raleigh
  • One of only 83 vehicles produced
  • Current family ownership since 1967
  • Owned by two families for the majority of its life
  • Has the much desired 2.2 Bristol straight six engine

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.

According to its original buff logbook, chassis BEF2538 was first registered as ‘RJT 999’ by Dorset County Council on April 13th 1961. Finished in Silver with Red leather upholstery – the same colour scheme it pleasingly sports today – the AC was supplied new to Colonel George Gould DSO of Upwey whose family were prominent local landowners. Bought by Alderman the Reverend Leland John Blashford-Snell MBE, Prebendary of Hereford Cathedral during 1963, it then passed to his son Captain John Nicholas Blashford-Snell whilst the latter was attending RMA Sandhurst. Subsequently promoted to Colonel and better known for his exploits as an explorer and the founder of Operation Raleigh, the younger Blashford-Snell sold the Greyhound to Geoffrey Philip Wyle Esq in April 1967. During the same year the vehicle was then purchased by the vendor’s father, Richard Thomas Seymour after returning from a short spell living in Australia, following a cash deal in The Eagle Public House car park in Norwich. The 2+2-seater has thus belonged to just two families for most of its life. Initially used for family holidays to Devon, the AC was spared commuting duties by a succession of motorcycles and effectively taken off the road after a house move in 1972. Started regularly and exercised on the driveway thereafter, an acrimonious divorce during 1980 saw ‘RJT 999’ relocate to Brighton and then Somerset. Re-registered with the DVLA in 1999 (having fallen off their system), the Greyhound was acquired by the vendor from her late father’s estate during 2015.

She has kindly provided the following information concerning this period: “The AC was found with all its spare parts, oil and a large sign on the steering wheel stating 'No Water!' It had a false set of number plates so that anyone driving past when the garage door was raised couldn't identify ‘RJT 999’. I have in my possession a meticulous record of monthly start-ups in the garage, the Greyhound being run for 10 mins at a maximum of 3000rpm. The last recorded entry was November 2014, the month before my father died. There is no doubt in my mind that the Greyhound was never really driven after the divorce (there was no evidence in his meticulous record keeping of previous MOT, tax or insurance records). The car was garaged, covered and had its own central heating radiator in the garage.”

Due to a house move to France the four-seater is now being reluctantly offered for sale. Invoices on file detail an amount of recommissioning including attention to the engine, brakes, ignition, cooling system, overdrive and steering etc. not to mention a gearbox overhaul. Starting readily and running well during our recent photography session, the AC retains its original interior complete with ‘sunburst’ pattern door cards (long a marque feature) and gently patinated leather. The Silver paintwork is highly presentable save for a few minor blemishes. Riding on BRG painted wire wheels and believed but not warranted to have covered just 37,000 miles from new, this decidedly handsome Greyhound comes with its original buff logbook, current V5C Registration Document, sundry paperwork and assorted recommissioning bills. Also included in the sale are a spare set of spoked wheels and a brand new rear screen. A great opportunity to get into AC ownership.

For more information, please contact:
Roy Hitchman
roy.hitchman@handh.co.uk
07718 584216

 

Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 16th Mar, 2022

Click To View E-Catalogue

AUCTION VENUE
Imperial War Museum
Duxford
Cambridgeshire
CB22 4QR

About Imperial War Museum  

AUCTION VIEWING

Tuesday 15th March 2022 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 16th March 2022 from 9am

BUYERS PREMIUM
12.5% (plus VAT @ 20%)

Register To Bid

View all lots in this sale

All successful bids must be paid in full by midday the day after the auction at the latest.

You can collect your new pride and joy from our venue until 1pm the day following the sale or our partners are on hand to help arrange safe transportation:

               

Do you have an item to sell?

If so, contact one of our friendly specialists for your free valuation by completing the form below and someone will get back to you as quickly as possible.

If you prefer to speak to humans, don't hesitate to call our office on +44 (0)1925 210035

Contact Us Today!

 

Images

Drag and drop .jpg images here to upload, or click here to select images.


Dozens of ‘no-reserve’ classics head to auction
Recently restored Audi Quattro press car heads to auction
Classic motorcycle auction highlights buoyant market
Rare barn find stars in classic motorcycle auction
Highly original Jaguar SS100 flies away at Duxford sale
Modified classics add a twist to H&H’s next motorcycle sale
Century of motoring history represented at H&H auction
World’s biggest production pick-up truck roars to auction
Mercedes-Benz 500SL delivered new to Sir Stirling Moss heads to auction
Cars from the 1910s to the 2010s head to auction for Buxton sale
H&H’s motorcycle sales off to a flying start in 2024 with market-leading 88 percent sales rate
Goon, Goon, Gone: Unique Peter Sellers 1960 Bentley heads to auction
Eclectic 150-plus classic car auction helps round out H&H’s milestone 30th year celebrations
One of the UK’s best driving Aston Martin DB5s heads to auction
Mid-century sports car icons race to Buxton auction
Former front cover ‘star’ heads to auction
Classic British motorcycles shine as 230 lots head to the National Motorcycle Museum auction
Racing legend Patsy Burt's Jaguar XK120 speeds to Buxton auction
22-strong single owner classic motorcycle collection heads to auction
Norton's racing heritage set to ignite the auction stage
Rare Frazer-Nash BMW with rich racing history to be auctioned
“The Rolls-Royce” of the motorcycle world, heads to      auction
Martini inspired Porsche 911 ‘RSR’ Tribute to head under the hammer
Rare ‘Car on Two Wheels’ heads to auction for the first time in 30 years
More than 100 classics sold in H&H’s 30th anniversary sale
Stunning classics worth more than £9 million offered in 30th anniversary auction
Rare Aston Martin DB1 heads to anniversary auction from long-term ownership
Rare Bentleys to star in 30th celebration auction
H&H Classics 30th Anniversary Auction
H&H unveils details of its 30th anniversary celebrations
Classic car owners handed ULEZ lifeline
H&H Classics auction Hurricane X-75 Prototype to National Motorcycle Museum
Vintage and modern classics lead the way at latest H&H sale
H&H offers exceptional range of vehicles spanning 11 individual decades
Pavilion Gardens. Wednesday 26th July 2023
A whimsical blast from the past: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang recreation heads to auction
From Italy with love: auction showcasing the essence of Italian design and sprezzatura
250 Motorcycles & Vintage Scooters Set To Go Under The Hammer!
March of the Mods: Lambretta owned by Paul Weller heads to auction
Lawbreakers to law enforcers: historic scooters with infamous connections up for sale
Jaguar SS100 among £2¼  million worth of classics sold at the Imperial War Museum
British classics to shine at H&H Classics’ sale
Historic Guinness Collection heads to auction
Browse The Catalogue Now! 135 Classic & Performance Cars To Go Under The Hammer.
Robbie Savage’s Ferrari F430 to be sold at H&H Classics
RAC Rally winning ‘Jaguar’ to be sold at auction
Former MP’s Bentley and Facel Vega ‘garage find’ among £1.3m worth of classics hammered away by H&H
Pavilion Gardens, Buxton Auction Preview Video