Rare survivors & rarity adds value:

Only AC 2-Litre Drophead Coupe left & one of just 50 Hillman Aero Minx’s.

Two cars coming to auction with H&H Classics on March 18 at Duxford, Imperial War Museum, prove the old adage: “rarity adds value, obscurity does not” says Damian Jones, Head of Sales at H&H Classics.

The first of this pair of survivors is a truly charming car in running order from a deceased estate, a family it has been with since 1978.

The early ‘March type’ bodied Aero Minx features full weather equipment in Double Duck material comprising a hood, side screens and hood cover and is fitted with a folding windscreen. It also has the original registration number and a comprehensive history file and 12v electrical system.

It has been with its present owner since 1978 and during that time it has undergone a major restoration programme which is evidenced by a photographic record and receipts. It is painted in green and has biscuit leather upholstery. It comes with the correct 1185cc four-cylinder petrol engine allied to four-speed manual transmission.

A comprehensive history file is present containing paperwork dating back to 1978 along with various V5 documents and a green logbook.

Tim Green from the Aero Minx Register has confirmed that this car “carries an early March body and appears be running 8 inch standard hubs rather than the later 10 inch versions and the engine capacity is 1185cc.”

 

1948 AC 2-Litre Drophead Coup

Sole roadworthy survivor of just 14 Drophead Coupes made

Reputedly the sole roadworthy survivor of just 14 Drophead Coupes made before the introduction of the Buckland model, the 4/5-seater has been extensively featured in Leo Archibald’s book on ‘AC Two Litre Saloons and Buckland Sports Cars’ – a copy of which is included in the history file alongside the original buff logbook.

Restored during the early 1990s and treated to further fettling including an engine overhaul in 2009 at a cost of some £18,000, this handsome drophead coupe is said to have been ‘used regularly but sparingly over the years’.

This stunning 1948 AC 2 Litre, 6-cylinder triple carburettor drophead is a 4/5-seater tourer was first registered in February 1949 in Burgundy with Beige hood and complimenting red leather interior. With its light aluminium body and straight-six engine fed by SU carburettors, the car is surprisingly nimble to handle.

The tourer was manufactured by AC Cars of Thames Ditton, Surrey, famous for the iconic AC Ace and AC Cobra of the 1960’s. The company goes back to 1901 when their first motor vehicle was produced. In 1919 the company started production of its own AC 2 litre engine which was developed and improved over the years and basically propelled the AC cars for over 40 years.

 

For more information about the Auction, please visit H&H Classics

 

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Registration No: KLM 558

Chassis No: L990

MOT: Exempt

– Reputedly the sole roadworthy survivor of just 14 Drophead Coupes made before the introduction of the Buckland model

– Extensively featured in Leo Archibald’s book on ‘AC Two Litre Saloons and Buckland Sports Cars’ – a copy of which is included in the history file alongside the original buff logbook etc

– Restored during the early 1990s and treated to further fettling including an engine overhaul in 2009 at a cost of some £18,000

– A handsome 4/5-seater drophead coupe that is said to have been ‘used regularly but sparingly over the years’

 

Estimate: GBP£20,000 – GBP£25,000

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