Current Owner : NGU902 came with a very extensive history file, most of which was compiled by the vehicle’s owner from 1976 to 2021. During this 45 year period, he had carried out a comprehensive cosmetic and mechanical restoration, including a full bare-metal respray, re-chroming of all brightwear, full internal retrim and engine rebuild. In addition to benefitting from this extensive, documented and receipted attention, the vehicle came with its original toolkit, foot pump, jack, under-bonnet grease gun and oilcan all complete and in situ.
However, despite presenting beautifully, and running smoothly at low revs, the car performed disappointingly at normal driving speeds and an early internal inspection of the engine revealed excessive play in the main crankshaft bearings and noticable damage to the big-end shells.
Rather than undertaking a lengthy rebuild process, I looked for a replacement engine and was extremely lucky to locate a very special high compression unit built by Bill Roberts (doyen of the AC world) and intended for use in a racing context. My mechanics were invited to inspect this engine internally prior to purchase and confirmed that it was in first class order, notably benefitting from a specially commissioned ‘billet’ crankshaft and ported for extra power. It was estimated by the seller to be capable of producing 120hp (compared to 69hp as the model came of the production line). With the minor (but highly recommended) modification of an external oil filtration set up, the engine was duly fitted and its carburation recalibrated for road use by Simon Blakeney-Edwards of Edsport Motors, who tested its eventual output at around 100hp on a rolling road. The car has since been driven around 1000 miles and performs faultlessly in all conditions.
Having completed this project I am confident that NGU902 is now one of the finest AC Sports Saloons available in the market today and would be happy to provide any serious prospective buyer with the opportunity to examine and road test the vehicle to satisfy themselves of this claim.