The last car to emerge from the rem­nants of the AC fac­tory in Scot­land could be yours – for £8k

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Phone robert Mogo on 07703 726605 Nick Larkin

unique 1988 pro­to­type mid-en­gined sports car from a com­pany closely con­nected to AC is for sale. The one-off Ecosse Sig­na­ture fol­lowed the end of AC pro­duc­tion at Thames Dit­ton. The li­cens­ing of the AC name and 3000ME model were given to a new Glas­gow-based con­cern called AC (Scot­land) plc.

The firm called in the re­ceivers in 1985, but not be­fore a new AC Ecosse model had been pro­duced.

Devel­op­ment di­rec­tor Aubrey Woods, who had pre­vi­ously worked for BRM, was con­vinced that the

Aplanned new model would be a suc­cess and teamed up with AC (Scot­land) founder John Par­sons to buy the rights to it from the re­ceiver.

A small work­shop at Kneb­worth, in Hert­ford­shire was ac­quired and a Fiat/Lan­cia-en­gined pro­to­type pro­duced for dis­play at the 1988 Bri­tish In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show.

Parts from this were used to cre­ate the road-go­ing car now for sale, which was used as a demon­stra­tor and press road test car.

The ve­hi­cle failed to at­tract enough or­ders for it to go into pro­duc­tion and re­mained a one-off.

Hert­ford­shire-based mo­tor me­chanic Robert Mogo heard via a con­tact about an in­dus­trial unit con­tain­ing a car be­ing cleared.

‘I thought the car was fas­ci­nat­ing, and it’s a true barn find. It’s run­ning, but I’m a me­chanic rather than a body­work man who can work on glass­fi­bre, so I’ve de­cided to sell it. It’s a car with a sig­nif­i­cant his­tory and needs a good home.’

Robert is look­ing for of­fers in the re­gion of £8000 for the car. ❚

The pro­to­type has been aban­doned in a barn and needs ma­jor restora­tion work to get it back up to scratch.

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