AC ACE V8 (Brookland)

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Shamea2

Original Poster:

16 posts

19 months

Wednesday 19th April 2017
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Well there's hardly any photo's anywhere of the AC ACE, so I thought I'd post a couple of my car smile

It has the 5lt Mustang engine with supercharger, producing circa 340 bhp












Codswallop

5,108 posts

129 months

Wednesday 19th April 2017
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Lovely car! Any shots of the interior?

One of my favourite cars to drive in TOCA 2 when I was a young 'un was the AC Brooklands Aceca. Loved the interior view (despite the ultra low res graphics of the day).

TR4man

2,965 posts

109 months

Wednesday 19th April 2017
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Now that is a very rare car!

Come on, you can't leave it like that. Let's have some more information about the car and your ownership. Plus more photos please.

5ohmustang

2,755 posts

50 months

Thursday 20th April 2017
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I recognize the fox body intake manifold.

gforceg

2,947 posts

114 months

Thursday 20th April 2017
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I think I've seen this parked in Bristol, is this the one?
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Resolutionary

889 posts

106 months

Thursday 20th April 2017
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What a delicious oddity!

Liggle

156 posts

36 months

Thursday 20th April 2017
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Very rare, and so 90's!

Shamea2

Original Poster:

16 posts

19 months

Thursday 20th April 2017
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As requested a bit more info and photo's.

I've had the car for about a year, it was registered in 1998.

The car mentioned in Bristol is not mine, I live near Dartford, Kent.

There were 46 mark 1 cars (easily identified by round headlights) which are all hand moulded aluminium panels. The mark 2 cars (my one) have the

single headlights, composite bonnet and pressed aluminium panels.(The idea being to reduce cost). They were selling for circa £70,000 in the

day (or rather they weren't) . There are about 8 of these.

All cars had a variety of engine types and were all unique as I understand, no two are exactly the same. The cars consist of mainly Ford parts much

the same as older TVR's did.

Problems seem (in my case) to be electric windows having a mind of there own. Other than that its great fun.













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Podie

45,136 posts

210 months

Thursday 20th April 2017
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Nice to see one being used - quite fancied one TBH.

Keep the thread updated please smile

Shamea2

Original Poster:

16 posts

19 months

Thursday 20th April 2017
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Podie said:
Nice to see one being used - quite fancied one TBH.

Keep the thread updated please smile
It had been sat in a garage for 13 years prior to me buying it. I've only done about 1000 miles so far as the 'fettling' took quite a bit of time (mainly due to perished rubber connectors/hoses catching me out - I should have replaced them all at the start). But the intention was and is to use it.

Shamea2

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16 posts

19 months

Friday 21st April 2017
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Some factory photo's. A bit of nostalgia.






Escy

1,579 posts

84 months

Saturday 22nd April 2017
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I've not seen one with a hardtop before. Looks great.

whytheory

240 posts

81 months

Saturday 22nd April 2017
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I knew they were rare, but not 1 of 8 rare! Lovely looking thing thumbup

Paul S4

799 posts

145 months

Saturday 22nd April 2017
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Never seen pictures of one of these...I seem to recall that there was an AC ME3000 (?) back in the day

There is a bit of MX5 about the rear lights on yours, and the interior looks a lot better finished than some 90's TVRs I have seen and driven.. a pal had an S3 that I looked after for a while and the interior trim was very poor.

Any pics of the version with the round headlights ?

Nice car by the way, I would imagine that it is rather quick !

gforceg

2,947 posts

114 months

Shamea2

Original Poster:

16 posts

19 months

Saturday 22nd April 2017
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Paul S4 said:
Never seen pictures of one of these...I seem to recall that there was an AC ME3000 (?) back in the day

There is a bit of MX5 about the rear lights on yours, and the interior looks a lot better finished than some 90's TVRs I have seen and driven.. a pal had an S3 that I looked after for a while and the interior trim was very poor.

Any pics of the version with the round headlights ?

Nice car by the way, I would imagine that it is rather quick !
Not as quick as the 5lt TVR Griffith or Chimera. The specs say 0-60 around 5.4 secs (more or less depending on which figures are correct) and 155mph

Shamea2

Original Poster:

16 posts

19 months

Tuesday 5th September 2017
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A quick update

I finally decided to replace the steering wheel, the flat bottom one (fitted by someone as an aftermarket) was driving me nuts, especially as being 350mm it obscured anything over 55mph. I think the early E30 / E36 wheel suits the car better.

I changed the gear knob and handbrake to the brushed aluminium Nardi ones, they match the dash nicely I think.

Next.

Rear suspension upgrade, with new springs and adjustable shocks. (currently being made up)

Before


After

samoht

774 posts

81 months

Tuesday 5th September 2017
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Much better! I really dislike those cheapo aftermarket flat-bottom wheels, they look like a low-end device for a games console, not something to guide a real sports car. Handbrake looks good too.


F1GTRUeno

3,857 posts

153 months

Wednesday 6th September 2017
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Proper 90's rarity goodness.

It's properly ungainly in places and clearly looks like it's been built in a shed so you can't imagine paying £70k for it new but at the same time it's such a rare thing that it's beyond cool.

Bet it sounds great too.

V8_Fastback

1,146 posts

128 months

Wednesday 6th September 2017
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I like these a lot.
How long have you had it for?
I parked up next to one a fair few years ago in Crawley, think it was yours if my memory serves me right (from the numberplate)