British racing driver Ken Rudd constructed the very firstAce-Bristol and his hybrid was quickly adopted by the ACfactory and replaced AC''s two litre powerplant. First shownin Autumn 1956, the AC Ace-Bristol and the companion ACAceca-Bristol were in production by the Spring of 1957.Because it was not only more powerful than AC''s own engine butcapable of a lot more power-tuning, the Bristol unit made thesecars, especially the Ace, much more suited for competition. From1961, the option of a ''Rudspeed'' upgrade 2.6straight-six engine, using triple Weber or SUcarburettors became available. This unit in some tuned formswould generate upwards of 170bhp. However the late Caroll Shelbyhad by this time installed a big American V8 onto an ACAce chassis and very quickly AC''s focus was almostentirely redirected towards the new AC Cobra whichlaunched in 1962. Production of the AC Ace finished the same yearwith only 37 of the 2.6 litre Ace''s manufactured.Today, the AC Ace is possibly one of the mostquintessential British sports cars. Exuding finesse from everyangle, these agile roadsters with racing pedigree arewidely regarded as one of the most elegant and characterful Britishdesigns of the period. Original examples are now commandingsubstantial premiums and for this reason, high qualityrecreations of the original have a dedicatedfollowing. Over the past 20 years, British manufacturer ''Hawk''have built themselves an international reputation as the best inthe business when it comes to AC replicas. Their AC Ace, 289 Cobraand 427 Cobra reproductions have achieved many accolades and tomany, are accepted as being the truest to the original form anddepending upon detailed specification, also reproduce an authenticand comparable driving experience. Founder Gerry Hawkridge isacknowledged globally as an AC guru, so much so that when you visitthe collection of outbuildings at their premises thereis usually a genuine Cobra and/or Ace or two on site formaintenance.This AC Ace by Hawk was completed by an aircraft engineer whohad over 30 years of experience restoring a variety of Britishsports cars to high standards. Finished in British Racing Green andfitted with a totally rebuilt 2.5 Litre Triumph TR6 engin,mated to a Triumph GT6 manual 4-Speed gearbox with overdrive(reconditioned by Hardy''s of Leatherhead) plus new clutch andflywheel, this car''s specification closely matches thehigher performance original late production AC Ace. It alsobenefits from ''123'' electronic ignition and triple 40 WeberCarburettors by Webcom, high pressure fuel pump, Pacet fansand an oil cooler (not piped). Hydraulic brake and clutch pedalswere supplied by Gerry Hawkridge, Sports seats in black by MerlinMotorsport and instrumentation by Caerbont. The front axle is MGBwith uprated discs and pads and the exhaust front end usesStainless Steel TR6 downpipes mated to bespoke middle and rearsections also in Stainless Steel. The engine note is verypleasing and performance brisk. The vehicle is generally in''as new'' condition and so the power delivery, transmission,handling and braking performance is described as excellent. The carcomes with black tonneau cover, five months road fundlicence and an 11 month MoT test certificate. This hugelyattractive and virtually ''as new'' example of a rare anddesirable collectable is certain to deliver many hours ofthrilling motoring to its next owner.