Clearly the precursor to the fearsome AC Cobra, the AC ACE was a much more modest car in every way, although it still did manage a 10 year production run, from 1953 to 1963.
In its early years, the ACE was hampered by a terrible engine, which wasn’t so much unreliable as it was ancient, dating from the early 1920s. It’s a testament to the cars design, with its ladder-type tubular frame and excellent all-around independent suspension, that it managed to hang in there so long!
The first engines were terrible, of course, but in later years starting in 1956, particularly on the Ace Bristol model, were replaced by a straight-six, 2-liter engine, which pumped out 120 horsepower, and allowed the ACE a top speed of 117 miles an hour, and a 0-60 acceleration time of 11 seconds. These numbers are more in line with what should be expected of a sporty little convertible, and although these stats are hardly stellar, they are respectable.
The ACE ceased production in 1963, at which point it was replaced, or followed by the immortal oft-copied AC Cobra.