AC Bristol 1957

AC Bristol 1957

Characteristics

Straight 6-cylinder engine

2.0l 125 hp

Designed in 1953 on the basis of an excellent chassis developed by John Tojero, the aluminium AC roadsters quickly distinguished themselves in competition and were the delight of gentlemen drivers of that era. It was the adoption of the Bristol engine, originally developed by BMW before the war for the BMW 328 and recovered by the English for war damages, that gave its letters of nobility to the car.

The AC Bristol is very rare as only 446 models were built with this engine and they were very often used as a race car during the weekends.

It was this car that was the basis of the famous AC Cobra when Caroll Shelby suggested to add a big V8 in order to be able to beat Ferrari on the race circuits, but that’s another story…

This car, the BEX 278 chassis, was delivered new to the United States, which was by far the largest market for AC at that time, and has spent most of its life there. It had a full restoration down to the chassis at Ashcraft restoration in the US about twenty years ago. This first restoration was thoroughly documented. The mechanics were also completely restored, all while strictly respecting the configuration of when it left the factory in 1957. It has participated in several events since, including the historic Mille Miglia. This AC Bristol has a certificate of origin from AC Carts and a FIA passport guaranteeing eligibility for the most prestigious automotive events.

It was brought to France by an amateur who maintained it well, and from whom we bought it in 2018.

We have just recently restored it to perfect condition by repainting it in the characteristic AC Bristol green and reupholstering the seats.

AC Bristol 1957

Characteristics

Straight 6-cylinder engine

2.0l 125 hp

Designed in 1953 on the basis of an excellent chassis developed by John Tojero, the aluminium AC roadsters quickly distinguished themselves in competition and were the delight of gentlemen drivers of that era. It was the adoption of the Bristol engine, originally developed by BMW before the war for the BMW 328 and recovered by the English for war damages, that gave its letters of nobility to the car.

The AC Bristol is very rare as only 446 models were built with this engine and they were very often used as a race car during the weekends.

It was this car that was the basis of the famous AC Cobra when Caroll Shelby suggested to add a big V8 in order to be able to beat Ferrari on the race circuits, but that’s another story…

This car, the BEX 278 chassis, was delivered new to the United States, which was by far the largest market for AC at that time, and has spent most of its life there. It had a full restoration down to the chassis at Ashcraft restoration in the US about twenty years ago. This first restoration was thoroughly documented. The mechanics were also completely restored, all while strictly respecting the configuration of when it left the factory in 1957. It has participated in several events since, including the historic Mille Miglia. This AC Bristol has a certificate of origin from AC Carts and a FIA passport guaranteeing eligibility for the most prestigious automotive events.

It was brought to France by an amateur who maintained it well, and from whom we bought it in 2018.

We have just recently restored it to perfect condition by repainting it in the characteristic AC Bristol green and reupholstering the seats.