1936 AC 16/60 Coupe - 16K Original Miles! 1 of 3 Made!
- Condition: Used
- Make: Other Makes
- Model: AC
- Type: Coupe
- Trim: 16/60 Coupe
- Year: 1936
- Mileage: 16,000
- VIN: L492
- Color: black
- Engine size: 3 Carb, 6 Cylinder
- Number of cylinders: 6
- Transmission: Manual
- Drive type: 4 Speed
- Interior color: Black
- Options: Leather Seats
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
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1936 AC 16/60 Coupe offered with a reserve
This extremely rare car is one of just 3 examples built, nd has covered only 16,000 miles from new. It is a completely original unrestored car, ith excellent patina that can only be exhibited by a car that has been well cared for its entire life. A "Doctor's Coupe" this car sports a unique dickey or rumble seat and some really interesting features such as the gyroscopic ash tray. The car runs well and has just been recomissioned with fluid changes and other minor maintenance items. A CCCA Full Classic, his rare car will be equally at home on the show field in the preservation class or is a great car for spirited touring enjoyment. Its hard to find cars from this era that have been so lovingly preserved.
This is a special car.
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The first car from what eventually became AC was presented at the Crystal Palace motor show in 1903; it was a 20 HP touring car and was displayed under the Weller name. The Weller Brothers of West Norwood, ondon, lanned to produce an advanced 20 hp car. However, heir financial backer and business manager John Portwine, butcher, hought the car would be too expensive to produce and encouraged Weller to design and produce a little delivery three-wheeler. Weller did so, alled it the Auto-Carrier, nd a new company was founded and named Autocars and Accessories; production started in 1904. The vehicle caught on quickly and was a financial success. In 1907, passenger version appeared, alled the A.C. Sociable. It had a seat in place of the cargo box. The A.C. Sociable was described in a review of the 1912 Motor Cycle and Cycle Car Show as one of the most popular cycle cars on the road, oth for pleasure and business, nd A.C. displayed eight vehicles on their stand, ix for pleasure and 2 for business. The single rear wheel contained a two-speed hub, nd the single cylinder engine was mounted just in front of it, ith rear chain drive.
The company became Auto Carriers Ltd. in 1911 and moved to Ferry Works, hames Ditton, urrey—at this time they also began using the famed "AC" roundel logo. Their first four-wheeled car was produced in 1913; it was a sporty little two-seater with a gearbox on the rear axle. Only a few were built before production was interrupted by the first World War. During the Great War, he Ferry Works factory produced shells and fuses for the war effort, lthough at least one vehicle was designed and built for the War Office. At the end of the First World War, C Cars started making motor vehicles again, esigning and building many successful cars at Ferry Works, s well as expanding into an old balloon factory on Thames Ditton High Street.
After the war, ohn Weller started on the design of a new overhead-cam 6-cylinder engine. The first versions of this design were running by 1919. The Weller engine would be produced until 1963; it is possibly the second-longest-lived production motor in history after the Volkswagen boxer. In 1921, elwyn Edge (who had been with Napier & Son) bought shares in the company and was appointed governing director. He did not get along with Weller or Portwine, ho resigned less than a year later. In 1922, he name changed again to AC Cars Ltd. In customary fashion Edge sought publicity for the company through motoring competition. In 1921 Sammy Davis joined A.C. as a driver, ompeting in the Junior Car Club 200-mile race, or cars up to 1,500 c.c., t Brooklands. In 1923 and 1924 J.A. Joyce won the Brighton Speed Trials driving an A.C. In May 1924, t Montlhéry, ear Paris, . G. Gillett broke the continuous 24-hour record in a 2-litre A.C., itted with special streamlined bodywork, overing a distance of 1,949.3 miles. In 1926 the Honourable Victor Bruce, n AC employee, on the Monte Carlo Rally in his 2-litre AC. In 1927, ictor Bruce, ith his wife Mildred (The Hon Mrs Victor Bruce), ssisted by J.A. Joyce, et a 10-day endurance record at Montlhéry, riving an AC Six.
Selwyn Edge bought the company outright for £135,000 in 1927 and re-registered it as AC (Acedes) Ltd but sales, hich had been falling, ontinued to decline. The company was caught by the crash of 1929 and went into voluntary liquidation. Production ceased for a time, nd the company was sold to the Hurlock family who ran a successful haulage business. They wanted the High Street factory only as a warehouse (Ferry Works was not acquired), ut allowed the service side of AC to continue.
A single car was made for William Hurlock in 1930. He liked it and agreed to restart very limited production, ainly using components left over from previous models. An agreement was reached with Standard to supply new chassis, he ancient three-speed transaxle was replaced by a modern four-speed gearbox (built in unit with the engine), nd by 1932 a new range of cars was finally launched.
Production continued on this small scale, veraging less than 100 vehicles per year, ntil the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939. The final pre-war car was delivered in June 1940, fter which the factory was fully involved with war production. Our Ebay Policies:
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