1928 AC 12-35 HP ACEDES TWO SEATER
Registration No. Z 1348
Chassis No. 14330
Engine No. 5023
White/black with black leather interior.
Engine: In-line six cylinder, single overhead chamshaft, 1438cc, one Stromberg carburettor, 40bhp at 4000 rpm; Clutch: single plate: Gearbox: manual three speed in unit with rear axle; Brakes: rod operated drum. Right hand drive.
Taking its name from the AutoCarrier tradesman's Tri-car it began building in 1904, the AC Company of South London introduced the Sociable passenger three-wheeler in 1907. It was a competent design and they prospered. In 1913 the company launched a light four-wheeled two-seater distinguished by its rear three speed transaxle and a very early form of disc transmission brake. In the 1920's under the dynamic leadership of Governing Director S F Edge, the company attacked the quality light car market, initally with a 11.9hp side-valve four, later with a long-stroke single overhead camshaft-powered six cylinder designed by the innovative John Weller.
The Light Six came in both 1500cc and two-litre sizes, and the company was quickly accepted as the source of a range of particularly well-finished and lively medium-priced automobiles. The slender two-seater open tourer, with wide bench seat matched by a right-hand gear lever, offering a spacious double dickey seat, was particularly successful - whether as the Aceca with wind-up windows or in simpler Royal or Acedes variants with removable celluloid sidescreens. Throughout the 1920's the basic chassis, still with gearbox in unit with the real axle, was developed and improved; front wheel brakes arriving in 1927.
After a few seasons when only the two litre 16-40 Light Six was listed, a 12-35hp 1.5 litre six-cylinder model was announced in April 1927. Lower running costs were the selling point; it fitted into a lower annual tax bracket and at £410 - the price was about £100 cheaper than the big sister, although front-wheel brakes were offered only as an option at £25. It had much the same quality of construction and equipment as the 16hp and (with the magazine testers recording a top speed between 55 and 60mph with exceptional hill climbing ability) little performance had been lost.
The vendor of this Acedes two-seater acquired it some 30 years ago as one of the proverbial 'basket cases' and it was restored over a lengthy period. Part of the restoration included fitting a 2 litre AC block with the original internals of the engine. The bodywork is original to the car and it carries its weather equipment, including a hood and detachable side-screens.
Very few 12hp AC Sixes were ever built and far fewer have survived. Although in need of a little minor attention, this example offers an opportunity to acquire a characterful Vintage car of quality and modest running costs.
It has a V5 Registration document.