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AC Ace

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Recommended AC Ace tyres

AC Ace tyres for a standard car as recommended by Longstone Tyres. We recommend the 550R16 Michelin X vintage tyre, as it was original equipment tyre for the Ace and it is the best radial tyre in this size.

Optional AC Ace tyres

Optional AC Ace tyres as recommended by Longstone Tyres.

Recommended Products for AC Ace

Other Options for AC Ace

History of the AC Ace

The AC Ace made its debut at the 1953 London Motor Show, production began in 1954 and ended in 1963. The AC Ace had a tubular chassis with steel boxes in the front and rear which supported a transverse leaf and lower wishbone independent suspension system. The chassis design was by John Tojeiro. Power was initially provided by an AC 2 litre engine mounted as far back as possible to help with the cars balance. The body and design of the vehicle was inspired by the 2-seater Ferrari 166MM Barchetta.

During the first year of production less than 60 examples were produced. These were all Aces. The hard top AC Aceca was released in 1954.

In 1956 AC decided to fit a Bristol engine. This 1971 cc, six cylinder engine was capable of producing 125 horsepower at 5750 rpm and propelled the light-weight car to a top speed of around 110 mph. Production of the Bristol engines ceased around the end of the 1950's and this forced AC to start using a British Ford Zephyr engine. There were only 47 of these 2.6 litre examples produced from 1961-1963.

The vehicles came equipped with drum brakes ( later, front disc brakes were available ), Girling hydraulic shock absorbers, and a four-speed manual transmission.

In total, there were around 735 AC Aces and 326 AC Aceca's produced. However the AC Ace is probably best known for being the basis for one of the best known sports car of all time, the Shelby Cobra.

AC Ace Wheels

Borrani wheels are still available for your AC Ace, as agents for the iconic Ruote Borrani Milano company we are able to supply all wheels from their extensive range.

If your AC Ace Borrani wheels require rebuilding then please contact us at

Borrani Wheels for the AC Ace

AC Ace wheels made by Ruote Borrani Milano are, without doubt, the best wire wheels available. Borrani wheels utilise aluminium rims, steel spokes and steel wheel centres.

AC wheels made by Borrani are available in the following styles

  • Painted silver finish, as per the racing wheels of the period
  • Polished and chrome finish, highly polished rim, chrome spokes & wheel centre
  • Painted finish with polished outer edge

AC Ace Borrani