AC one-off could be yours

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News - Theo Ford-Sagers www char­ter­house-auc­

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.

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