Writer’s own: 1958 AC ACE Bristol Roadster


What remains of this ACE Bristol (chassis BEX 483) once belonged to the french writer Françoise Sagan who bought it new in 1958 from the official French AC importer André Chardonnet. Of course at the time the car looked much better than now.


Two years later, in 1960, ms. Segan sold the car back to importer and since then the car jumped from an hand to another until 1971, when it was purchased by the french petrolhead Gerard Gombert who used to store a lot of cars and bikes and engines in his backyard.


Since 1971, this car has been stored and somehow cannibalized as parts like the soft top frame and the doors are definitely missing; the gearbox had the same destiny but, at least, the original engine is still “near” the car. The aluminium body hasn’t rusted, of course, and still show the original Meal Red paint. This car will be auctioned, among with many others, the next 11th of November with a starting bid of €50,000 (today $57,000) here in Fayence, France. Thanks again to Frits for this tip.

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