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30 June 2005
1928 AC 15-56 'S.F.EDGE SPECIAL'/'ACECA' TWO SEATER DROPHEAD COUPE
Registration No. YV 6626
Chassis No. 14242
Engine No. WM10
Two tone brown with brown interior.
Engine: In-line six cylinder, single overhead camshaft, 1,991cc, triple SU carburettors, 40bhp at 4,000 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 1,500cc 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 in the form of this car as the 'Aceca' with wind-up windows or in simpler Royal or Acedes variants with removable celluloid sidescreens. Throughout the 1920s the basic chassis, still with gearbox in unit with the real axle, was developed and improved; front wheel brakes arriving in 1927.
According to a plaque it wears this car was supplied through Pytchley Automobile Co. of Great Portland St. London, the car was then registered to its London owner in 1928. The car was next seen publicly when offered for sale by Sotheby's in 1965, at which time the car was described as follows: 'This very original example has had only two owners, was maintained by the factory for the first ten years of its life and has been stored for two periods, 1939-1945 and 1957-1965.' This makes sense since even today the car still wears an expired tax disc from 1957. In the run up to this auction it had been on display at The Midland Motor Museum.
Unfortunately there is no paperwork to prove whether the Sharpe Family were the buyers of the car on that day but it certainly seems most likely, since this was during one of their most active buying periods.
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