Wed, 20th Jun 2007 0:00

The Pavilion Gardens

  Lot 59

1936 AC 16/70 Drophead Coupe

Sold for £31,500

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: T.B.A.
Chassis No: L539
Mot Expiry: May 2008

Buoyed up by the 1st, 4th and 6th places it had achieved on the 1933 RAC Rally, AC chose that year's London Motor Show to unveil a revised 16hp model. Based around a 9ft 7in wheelbase chassis, the newcomer was equipped with semi-elliptic leaf-sprung suspension, four-wheel drum brakes and an underslung rear axle. Featuring unusually high alloy content, its 1991cc SOHC straight-six gave class-leading performance. Introduced as part of the rakishly restyled 1936 line-up, the 16/70 boasted triple SU carburettors and an 84mph top speed. Available with a choice of open and closed factory coachwork, it cost a third more than the equivalent SS Jaguar.

Finished in grey over black with beige leather upholstery and brown carpets, this particular example is described by the vendor as being in "good" condition with regard to its engine, four-speed manual gearbox, electrical equipment, interior trim, chassis, bodywork, paintwork and wheels / tyres. Reputed to have had just three previous keepers (two of whom were brother and sister), chassis 'L539' migrated to America in 1972 where it reportedly became the foundation stone to one of the world's most complete AC collections. The subject of sundry rechroming and a sympathetic repaint in its original grey hue some three years later, more recent work has seen the drophead coupe treated to a new hood. With all import duties paid and a MOT certificate valid until May 2008, an application has been made to the DVLA for the 16/70 to be reunited with its original UK registration number. The vendor hopes but does not promise that this matter will have been resolved by the time of sale.

PLEASE NOTE: We apologise but this vehicle has been withdrawn from the 20th June auction.

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