1935 AC 16/70
1935 AC 16/70
- Attractive 2 seat drop head body
- Matching Numbers example
- 4 Owners from new
- Overhead valve, 6 cylinder engine
- Recently painted and new hood
- On the button
AC (Acedes) Cars Limited, hand crafted a few hundred specialist motor cars from 1930 – 1939 at their factory in Thames Ditton, Surrey. Numerous models were available including sports-touring saloons, drophead coupes and open sports model in both long and short chassis form.
Powered by AC’s own advanced and powerful overhead camshaft, straight six, these 1991cc were otherwise rather conservative in design, with beam axels and half elliptic springs front and rear. A new chassis introduced for the 1934 season passed under the rear axel, giving scope for an enticing selection of coachwork styles, each tailored to the client’s person preferences. Hurlock – ear AC cars were not cheap but they were carefully made, it was a profitable niche and AC Cars prospered.
This matching numbers, 1935, drophead, two seater is one of the most elegant of all the AC sports touring models built during this period. The engine of these early examples are installed slightly further back in the chassis than the later cars giving it a more vintage stance and the fully retracting hood also helps to give the car a clean line from front to back.
YS 2644, was first registered through the Glasgow distributor Cowal to a Clydeside owner who kept the car for 2 years, the second owner had the car 34 years and the third owner had it 33 years!! The current (4th) owner acquired the car in 2004, having had a number of AC cars and having known this car since 1973 while in the 3rd owners possession. As a result he believes the 50,000 mileage to be correct and genuine.
The car has always been well maintained and repair works have included various body work, replacement of rotten ash frame sections, a new cylinder block (these are a known weak point on these cars - the numbered original lower section was retained). In recent years the ENV gearbox has been fully restored, the car has been repainted and a new hood fitted, a heavy duty clutch has been installed and the front shocks has been overhauled.
The car now presents very well and is a fun and engaging machine on the road. The light green colour suits the sleek body and the matching wheels and hood create a pleasing combination. On the button and ready to go, this is a wonderful AC from their golden ear of production.