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AC Cars: 2-Litre

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1950. Sports Tourer. From British Motor Cars 1950/51.
1950. Drophead Coupe. From British Motor Cars 1950/51.


In October, 1947, after a break of eight years, A.C. Cars Limited resumed motor-car production at their Thames Ditton works with a range of three models, each powered with the famous A.C. six-cylinder engine.

These cars, the Saloon, the Drophead Coupe and the Sports Tourer are in demand at home and overseas chiefly because they are the products of craftsmen and have that little something extra so eagerly sought in an age of standardisation and mass-production. They are also the result of experiment and research extending over a period of more than a quarter of a century and are produced by an organisation which claims the distinction of having built the first 1,5oo c.c. car to cover too miles within the hour and of having designed the first light six-cylinder car to go into standard production.

Illustrated here are the Sports Tourer and the Drophead Coupe.

ENGINE. Type: 2-litre. Cylinders: 6. Bore X Stroke: 65 mm. X 100 mm. Compression ratio: 6.5 to 1. Maximum b.h.p.: 74 at 4,250 r.p.m. Rating: 15.7 h.p.

PERFORMANCE. Maximum speed: 85 m.p.h. Petrol consumption: 22 to 24 m.p.g.

DIMENSIONS. Length: 15 ft. 4 ins. Height: 5 ft. 1 in. Width: 5 ft. 7 ins. Wheelbase: 9 ft. 9 ins. Track: 4 ft. 7 ins. Weight (dry): 2,800 lbs. Fuel capacity: 11.5 gallons. Tyre size: 6.70 X 16.

BRAKES. Girling Hydro-mechanical.

PRICE. £982 plus £295.7.0 Purchase Tax. Total: £1,277.7.0.

These details are common to all three models except that the Sports Tourer engine has a compression ratio of 6.7 to 1 and a maximum b.h.p. of 80.


1,991 cc six cylinder water cooled. Approx 1,284 produced between 1947-1958. Engine made by A.C. Two and four door saloons, drophead coupé and tourer bodies.

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