Only 42 were built by AC Cars in the late 1930s. Of those, only 14 carried the aerodynamic sloped rear bodywork like this one. This handsome example is light non-metallic grey with a complimentary shade used on the fenders. Red wire wheels complete the racy look of this pre-war sporting machine. The driver sits on the right. As it stands, this car has the convertible top mechanism but no fabric top. A new top is being made and is included in the asking price. When restored, the wood body framing was redone with new ash wood. Provision was made to extend the seat travel to allow taller drivers to sit comfortably.
The interior is in complimentary red leather. The dash has the patina of originality with a mix of original and newer gages.
The 2.0-liter single overhead cam engine is fully rebuilt. The original block suffered from porosity and so a new cast alloy block was used. The original block is available. The 4-speed, center mounted Moss gearbox performs flawlessly.
Best known in the US for the AC Cobra, the AC (Auto-Carrier) nameplate has adorned small, light automobiles from 1904. Through various owners, the company's best efforts were high quality, sporting models. AC described the 16/80 as "Built to meet the needs of the sportsman who wants a two-seater with excellent performance, high cruising speeds, and exceptional handling."
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Hopewell, NJ is located near Princeton, NJ half way between NYC and Philadelphia.