Historics at Brooklands | 26-Nov-2016 | Historics at Brooklands November Sale | Venue : Brooklands Museum
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : 197
Year : 1930
Engine Size : See Description
Transmission : manual
Registration No. : GC 8585
Chassis No. : 15924
Engine No. : 3467
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale


Built by AC Cars in Thames Ditton Surrey, this numbers matching
AC Magna is fitted with the Weller Six Cylinder AC Engine and
sports triple Su Carburettors. On 7th March 1930, a Mr Harold Miles
Silvans from London purchased this blue AC with coupé bodywork,
carrying engine number 3467 and chassis number 15924. He owned the
car until June 1934, when it was purchased by Charles Hewartson
Banks from Bristol. Around 15 months later, it changed hands and
was acquired by Harold Cummins Hansford who continued to use it
until June 1936, this being the last time it had been registered in
the UK. Thirty years later, Mr E. B. Deacon wrote to Honey and
Blankenburg Solicitors of Sailsbury, Rhodesia, offering the sum of
five pounds for the remains of the car from the deceased estate of
H. C. Hansford.

Mr Hansford immigrated to Rhodesia in 1936 and presumably used the
car until he decided to dismantle it for restoration; however he
passed away before he could complete the project. Mr Deacon was
successful with his offer and was given permission to remove the
vehicle in November 1966. After sixteen years and without
completion of the vehicle, Mr Deacon also passed away. The project
was then picked up by Mr Chris Gael, a well known amateur restorer
and vintage car fan in the new Zimbabwe. The restoration was set
off and after a long analysis in liaison with the AC owners club,
the coupé body was beyond repair. Mr Gael created a new 'Montlery'
Style of two seater boat tailed sports. The frame was constructed
with Oregan Pine, panelled with aluminium, followed by padding and
a final finish of leather cloth. By March 1983, Mr Gael had
submitted his application to the Vintage Car Club of Rhodesia for a
dating certificate. The car was then registered and seen regularly
at vintage events throughout Zimbabwe.

The New Zimbabwe was very unsettled for Europeans after
Independence in 1980 with many former colonialists escaping to
South Africa but Mr Gael held his ground in the new Zimbabwe and he
was determined to bring the AC back with him.  A new 12
gallons fuel tank and an extra long range tank, holding another
five gallons built into the pointed tail, were constructed. In
theory, he could now drive from Harare into South Africa without
having to search for fuel. However this precaution wasn't necessary
as he sold the Acedes to Nigel Tucker in January 2000. Upon
purchase, and to test the theory, the AC was driven to Messina,
South Africa with four gallons spare. The car was then tucked away
in its new home in Maputo. It was repatriated to the UK in late
2000 and registered on arrival with the original 1930s number

We are informed that the engine has good oil pressure and had a
recent replacement head gasket. The three speed transaxle changes
easily and pulls well for a vintage AC. The car comes with a full
history file including African rally plaques. A fantastic bit of AC
history with a great background, any new owner would certainly
treasure this Magna Six just as much as Mr Gael and its previous
owners once did.

For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170