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Lot 336: AC Greyhound

Grand Prix, Competition, Touring & Rally Cars, Coys (16 January 2010)

AC introduced a four seater coupe to its model range in 1959, the Greyhound. The Greyhound shared many components with the smaller Ace range, including the same engine choices. Most cars used the 2 litre and 2.2 litre Bristol engines, although the original AC in-house design was available at first. A true four-seater with decent luggage space, it further benefited from all-round independent coil-sprung suspension, a slick four-speed manual gearbox, disc / drum brakes and rack and pinion steering. The straight-six engine which had done so much to establish the AC name in competition circles was credited with a 100mph-plus top speed and brisk acceleration. The Greyhounds coachwork looked elegant and contemporary and boasted lines that were every bit as sleek as its namesake. Essentially hand built, production lasted until 1963, by then only 83 cars had been thought to have left the Thames Ditton factory. 215 ARK was manufactured in 1961 and was originally delivered to the Vicar of Wakefield whose parishioners were reputed to exclaim 'here comes the vicar in his Ark'! Finished in pearl black with a black interior the car is described by the vendor as being in 'near concours' condition having benefitted from a ground up restoration in 2008 with paint work carried out by Andrew Mitchell, mechanics by Spencer Lane-Jones and the 2.2 litre Bristol engine described as excellent. A V5 document, MoT certificate valid until September and a FIVA identity card are all supplied; this very car was featured in Classic Cars Magazine December issue to favourable reviews. With interest and prices at an all time high for AC models, the rare Greyhound model offers performance, 4-seater practicality and handsome good looks in an affordable package that we feel is set to increase in value and should therefore be on every collector's short list.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Prix, Competition, Touring & Rally Cars
Coys, London
TypeCar
Lot Number336
Estimate£50000-£60000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1961
Condition rating
Registration number215 ARK    
Mileage-
Chassis numberBEF2555
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2