AC Ace 1953-1963 & 1994-2001


April 8, 2013 By Mike Lee
Last updated on July 28, 2015
AC Ace 2.6 (1961-1963)
Country
UK
Top Speed (mph)
130
0-60 mph
8
BHP
170 @5500rpm
Torque lbft
154 @3000rpm
BHP per ton
214
Engine capacity CC/CU
2553/156
Engine type
Staright 6 Carburettors x 3
Aspiration
Normal
Compression Ratio
9.5:1
Valve Type/No
Overhead 12
Transmission (manual/auto)
Manual (with O/D)
No of speeds
4
Wheels driven
RWD
Brakes F/R
Disc/Drum
No. of Seats
2
Length (in)
152.5
Width (in)
59.5
Height (in)
49
Kerb Weight (lbs)
1746
Additional Info: From 1953 a 2 litre straight 6 engine that produced between 90-100bhp was used. From 1956-1963 the 2 litre Bristol engine putting out 120-125bhp was introduced (0-60 in around 9 secs). In 1961 the 2.6 litre engine from the Ford Zephyr was used and modified by Ken Rudd ‘Ruddspeed’. A hard top version was built called the Aceca.

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AC Ace (1994-2001)
Country
UK
Top Speed (mph)
155
0-60 mph
5.5
0-100 mph
16
BHP
320 @5700rpm
Torque lbft
385 @3500rpm
BHP per ton
211
Engine capacity CC/CU
4949/302
Engine type
V8 Fuel Injection
Aspiration
Supercharged
Compression Ratio
9.0:1
Valve Type/No
Overhead 16
Transmission (manual/auto)
Manual
No of speeds
5
Wheels driven
RWD
Brakes F/R
Disc/Disc
No. of Seats
2
Length (in)
174
Width (in)
73.6
Height (in)
51.2
Kerb Weight (lbs)
3330
Additional Info: The Ace returned to the drawing board back in the 1980’s and I believe a few smaller engined prototypes were built (2.0 Turbo and 2.8 V6). A few V8 prototypes were built before a very limited number were finally built around 1994-1997 with 5.0 V8’s putting out around 240-260bhp, 0-60 in 5.9 secs or a 4.6 litre supercharged engine with 320bhp, 0-60 in 5.7 secs. (some of these may have carried on production with the new owners (below) after 1997). 1997/98 saw a revamped Ace now owned by the AC Car Group. 5.0 supercharged versions put out between 320bhp and 350bhp. A 3.5 litre 32v twin turbo V8 version was also built in 1998/99, with 354bhp. Production stopped again in 2000/2001. As with the original Ace a hardtop version was also built called the Aceca.

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