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AC Ace Tyres

  • The original and recommended tyre is the 5.50 R 16 Michelin X, it was the original equipment tyre for the Ace, and is the best radial tyre in this size.
  • We strongly recommend the Michelin 16F Offset Valve as the inner tube of choice for the Ace.
  • The suggested tyre pressure is 28psi in the front and 33psi in the rear.

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    AC Ace Recommended Tyres

  1. 550HR16 Michelin X
    5.50 R 16 Michelin X

    Starting at $324.24 $270.20

  2. reinforced Michelin Inner Tube
    Michelin 16F Offset Valve Reinforced Inner Tube

    Starting at $63.84 $53.20

  3. Other Options for AC Ace Tyres

  4. 550x16 R5 Dunlop Racing
    5.50 x 16 R5 Dunlop Racing

    Starting at $400.68 $333.90

  5. 165HR16 Avon Turbosteel
    165 HR 16 Avon Turbosteel

    Starting at $317.52 $264.60

  6. 550x16 Avon Tourist
    5.50 x 16 Avon Tourist

    Starting at $230.16 $191.80

  7. 5.50 x 16 Firestone Whitewall
    5.50 x 16 Firestone Whitewall

    Starting at $420.42 $350.35

  8. 550x16 Waymaster Premium
    5.50 x 16 Waymaster Premium

    Starting at $154.56 $128.80

  9. 550x16 T/T Classic Roadmaster
    5.50 x 16 T/T Classic Roadmaster

    Starting at $147.84 $123.20

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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 car's 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 Acecas 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

AC Ace Borrani

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

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