Left the factory in October 1959 bound for Texas. This car, unlike many others that went to foreign shores, seemingly had a gentle life and still retains its original matching numbers engine, corresponding to the original chassis plate on the bulkhead. In addition, all of its important number stampings appear in the correct places on the bodywork, i.e. doors, bonnet and boot hinges, and the car retains most of its original trim and weather equipment.
The car came back to the U.K. over 30 years ago and spent a long time in the collection of a titled gentleman before being purchased by us in 2010. Very sadly, the next owner passed away only a couple of years after purchasing the car and it sat, untouched, in his garage for the next ten years until his family felt they were ready to make the difficult decision to let the Ace go.
It’s time in storage had not been too harsh on the car and recommissioning was largely concerned with the replacement and overhaul of perishable items such as tyres, brake and fuel systems, hoses etc. plus the fitment of an upgraded water pump and new stainless steel exhaust. Cosmetically, the paintwork had faded somewhat so the decision was taken to refinish the car in this most attractive shade of sage green.
The history file contains various invoices for work carried out since returning to the U.K. including from Finburgh’s Classic Auto’s for the late owner who had the car prepared with long Continental trips in mind.