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