Lot 65

2014   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2014

1959 AC Aceca Bristol

SOLD $275,000


$175,000 - $250,000| Without Reserve


BEX 711

Car Highlights

Distinguished New York Show Car Pedigree
One of Only Eight Examples Delivered to the US in 1959
Single Family Ownership and 15,700 Miles from New

Technical Specs

1,971 CC OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Triple Solex Carburetors
128 BHP at 5,750 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
Front Girling Disc, Rear Hydraulic Drum Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension with Transverse Leaf Springs and Lower Wishbones

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note this vehicle is titled by its engine number 100D2907.

Register to Bid

Norman Willock, New York, New York (acquired new in April 1959)Current Owner (acquired from his father in March 2007)

This rare Bristol-powered Aceca, chassis BEX 711, was AC’s display vehicle at the 1959 New York International Automobile Show, where it was purchased by William Willock Jr., heir to a steel fortune and a pioneering automobile collector, for his son Norman, a recent university graduate. Norman enjoyed the Aceca, one of eight delivered to the US in 1959, occasionally until moving to the Virgin Islands, with the Aceca placed into long-term storage at a family property in Maryland in the late 1960s.

Circa 1988, Norman returned to the US, settling in Tucson. At this time, the Aceca was removed from storage and delivered to him. During the late 1990s, Don Leferts Vintage Auto Restorations of Ridgefeld, Connecticut, performed a sympathetic restoration, with highlights including rebuilding of the Bristol engine, a bare-metal repaint in the original gunmetal gray, and re-trimming of the interior in red leather as original. Following completion in 2001, the Aceca joined the Arizona collection of Norman’s son, who acquired it in 2007. Today the AC is offered with its factory supplied tools and rare literature including the service manual and parts booklet.

Virtually unused since restoration, recently serviced, and having traveled fewer than 15,700 original miles, BEX 711 is at once exceedingly rare, equipped with the top-specification engine, and blessed with long-term single family ownership from new.