24th Apr, 2024 13:00

Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire

  Lot 5

1926 AC Six Aceca Tourer
In current ownership for 30 years

Sold for £10,350

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: YP 3916
Chassis No: 12651
MOT: Exempt

  • In current ownership for some thirty years
  • Two-seater coachwork with dickie seat
  • Brakes relined and magneto overhauled in the last couple of years
  • The AC model made famous by The Hon. Victor Bruce’s win in the 1926 Monte Carlo Rally

PLEASE NOTE: Since the catalogue went to press, we have been informed that the first Aceca had a single, passenger door only.

It is therefore thought that this lot is a Royal Two-Seater with Dickey model.

Although AC’s reputation was established by John Weller’s highly advanced overhead-camshaft six-cylinder engine fitted to this example, which offered 15.7bhp and 75mph in period, its early offerings relied on proprietary four-cylinder engines. The AC Six chassis featured quarter-elliptic springing front and rear, a three-speed gearbox in unit with the rear axle and worm final drive. Front-wheel brakes were optional at first, standard issue from 1927. Rated at 12hp for taxation purposes the four-cylinder AC remained in production until 1926, the firm relying exclusively on the Weller 15.7hp six thereafter. The Six took its place in history at the hands of AC works driver, The Hon. Victor Austin Bruce’s, achieving an outright win at the 1926 Monte Carlo Rally.

Chassis 12651 was manufactured new in the year of The Hon. Victor Austin Bruce’s Monte Carlo Rally win, 1926, being supplied new to the United Kingdom and first registered on the 16th of July that year. Fitted with two-seater coachwork with dickie seat, the AC is presented in the attractive colour combination of British Racing Green paintwork with Black wings, and complementary Green interior upholstery. It is accompanied by its full weather equipment (hood, tonneau, and sidescreens) trimmed in Black, and features a three-speed box and rear brakes. Purchased from a friend of the vendor, who had owned the Six since 1988, the vendor acquired ‘YP 3916’ in 1994 and has used the car on several runs and rallies including touring the Cotswolds.

Coming off the road in 2020, following the lockdown, the AC has remained off the road since and will therefore require a degree of recommissioning before pressing into use again. Despite this, during this period 12651 has benefitted from relined brakes and an overhauled magneto. The vendor informs that he believes the AC is ‘very good throughout mechanically’ and therefore only a light recommissioning should be required. Offered with a current V5C document showing just three former keepers, ‘YP 3916’ with the famous Weller’s six-cylinder engine is a very usable 1920s car and would be a great recommissioning project.

For more information, please contact:
Paul Cheetham
07538 667452


Auction: Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire, 24th Apr, 2024

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