Louis Klemantaski’s AC Aceca will go under the hammer to Historics at Brooklands

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 1, 2011

An AC Aceca, affectionately known as “The Klemantaski Car” and originally owned by famed photographer Louis Klemantaski, has been added to the upcoming Historics at Brooklands auction on March 3, 2011. The British sports coupé has been recently restored and is now FIA “competition ready.” The Aceca is expected to fetch offers in the region of GBP75,000 to GBP90,000.

The 130 BPB was registered by Louis Klemantaski on June 13, 1956 and is one of 151 closed coupé Acecas hand built between 1954 and 1963 by the British manufacturer AC Cars – who would later become better-known for producing the Anglo-American collaboration on the AC Cobra.

With over GBP100,000 spent in a “no expense spared” upgrade and restoration to competition setup by Nigel Dawes and Roger Dowson at Silverstone, including the insertion of a fresh Greg Margetts Ford Zephyr Ruddspeed 2.6 liter engine, the Aceca is now complete with an FIA Technical Passport and is once again poised for competition success.

With characteristics similar to the open two-seater AC Ace, the lightweight Aceca - thanks to an ash wood and tubular steel frame, aluminum body panels and aluminum engine block - is powered by a 90 hp AC engine, and with a stiff suspension set-up providing excellent road holding, has natural racing potential.

Klemantaski had sampled single-seater racing at Brooklands in the 1930s, and later went on to enter three Monte Carlo rallies and five Mille Miglia as a navigator. The rallies included the 1953 race for Reg Parnell in an Aston Martin DB3 and then in 1956 with Peter Collins

Topics: classic car, auction

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