AC one-off could be yours
A rare 1933 AC Close-Coupled Fixed-Head Coupé, dry stored since 1955, will be offered by Charterhouse Auctioneers on 17 July.
It is believed to be the only surviving AC in this body and chassis configuration (one of eight produced) and is in totally original condition.
Why the vehicle was taken off the road when it was 22 years old remains a mystery. All the auctioneer knows is that it was in a London workshop from 1955 until a couple of years ago, when the current owner bought it as a project he has subsequently abandoned.
The biggest cost awaiting the next owner is likely to be the rebuild of the 2.0-litre straight-six engine, whose steel cylinder liners have corroded. The leather roof has also become very brittle and will need renewal, but the Art Deco interior should be salvageable, along with the bodywork. The brakes aren’t seized so the vehicle can be easily loaded onto a trailer.
‘There’s a growing movement towards preservation rather than restoration at the moment, and this would be a prime candidate,’ says Charterhouse auctioneer Mathew Whitney. ‘The carpets might want replacing, but the leather interior just needs feeding and should clean up beautifully. The bodywork also appears to be very solid. There is surface rust but no major holes.’
A buyer would need to spend about £10,000 getting it up and running, but then it should be worth about £40,000. With an auction estimate of £12,000£14,000, this could make a sensible and rewarding investment.