H&H Classic Auctions put up Allard

AC Ace. 1955. Estimate ₤75 000–90 000. H&H Classic Auctions. Cheltenham, October 12

On October, 12 H&H Classic Auctions will represent the 1955 AC Ace and the 1948 Allard J1 − the famous sport cars of the first post-war decade in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire County, England. This time H&H will put up only two cars but what the cars! Legendary classical bolides of the epoch of the prosperity of the British motor racing remained forever in the history of motor industry and have admirers all over the world nowadays.

The 1955AC Ace of the green colour is estimated by the experts of H&H Classic Auctions at ₤75 000-90 000. The history of this sport two-door bolide designed by the talented designer John Tojeiro began in 1953. The exquisite case made of aluminium was influenced with the design of Ferrari cars. Surprising characteristics of Ace were provided by an innovative design. The model was equipped with a rigid frame, easy chassis and the big six-cylinder Bristol engine with a capacity of 120 horse power. Owing to the small weight and front engine configuration the car showed fine controllability and road performance. In 1957 and 1958 AC Ace participated in races in Le Mans. The car manufacture was stopped in 1964 when the installing of the eight-cylinder Ford motors on Ace’s chassis began which caused the creation of another legendary model – AC Cobra. For 11 years only 223 cars Ace were made.

Allard J1, the two-seater sport car of 1948 is estimated twice more cheaply (₤37 000–40 000), in spite of the fact that only 12 cars of such cars were made. The history of J1 begun soon after the Second World War when the famous English racer and the autodesigner Sydney Allard decided to create essentially new car suitable both for usual roads and for a racing track. This car was the result of his work. The manufacture of this model started in the beginning of 1946. Owing to the small weight and the powerful eight-cylinder engine J1 had excellent running characteristics and won competitions for many times. Finally, the car served as a prototype for more successful Allard K1 version and officially was laid off the production in the end of 1947. The model 1948 represented at the auction sales most likely was made on the Allard K1 version.

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