1953 AC BUCKLAND
Historics at Brooklands | 26-Nov-2016 | Historics at Brooklands November Sale | Venue : Brooklands Museum
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : 179
Year : 1953
Engine Size : See Description
Transmission : manual
RHD
Registration No. : PAR 419
Chassis No. : EH1984
Engine No. : UMB1481
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale
 

 

The AC Buckland is a development from the AC two litre saloon,
the highest produced vehicle by AC cars; however, the Bucklands are
a rare breed with only sixty of the open tourers produced and even
fewer being the straight door Mk. I.

Offered here is the AC Buckland racer of one of the ACOC
founders, Harold Day, who competed in events at Goodwood, Brands
Hatch and Silverstone; most notably, this was the first AC to
compete at the Chichester-based circuit. This example has been
restored from the ground up, retaining its original chassis and the
period aluminium bodywork which has been stripped back to bare
metal, media blasted and bodywork imperfections restored and,
unlike most race cars, this also retains the fabric with which it
left the factory.

Additional original parts including original front and rear
bench seats, hood frame, full windscreen and fuel tank are included
in the sale; however, these need refurbishing if the new custodian
would like to convert the vehicle back to full road specification.
The dashboard has the original gauges that have been mechanically
rebuilt leaving the original AC faces on show.  The racer
features an aluminium radiator, oil cooling system, Kenlow fan,
bespoke shock absorbers and a stainless steel exhaust system.
Furthermore, all running gear has had a nut and bolt rebuild and
the brake system includes braided brake hoses and up-rated brake
shoes with competition linings. The drive train has been rebuilt
including bearings, seals, and crown wheel and pinion.  The
fuel delivery system features a facet electric fuel pump in
addition to an all electrical loom that has been overhauled. The
wheels were shot blasted, painted and are now sporting Dunlop L
section competition tyres.  Other race specification features
of the car include an aluminium, foam-filled fuel tank and safety
features including a battery cut off switch and fire
extinguisher.

PAR 419 has a fascinating competition history.  On 6th June
1953, the car first had its feet on the track at the Silverstone
Eights Club event; it then went on to make history as the first
known AC to compete at Goodwood on 25th July that same year and
then once again on the 12th September. Additional events in 1953
included the Eastbourne rally and the Chichester Motor Club
Concours. It only had a single showing in 1954 when it competed at
the Eights Club at Silverstone in May. After a year off from the
track it returned to the Eights Club once again on 2nd June 1956
after which it attended the AC Owners Club sprint meeting at Brands
Hatch on 16th September. It returned to the track on 1st June the
following year for a sprint in the company of three drivers; Harold
and Elizabeth Day plus George Griggs. It then went on to compete in
the Silverstone eights club once again, followed finally by the
Heston Concours '57. Just under a decade later and under new
custodianship, the Buckland appeared at Brands Hatch for an AC
Owners Club Sprint in 1966. Later in its life, on 12th September
2015, it competed in the Goodwood Revival in the Fordwater Trophy,
62 years to the day that Harold Day competed in the Handicap race
in 1953. Its most recent outing was in the AC Owners Club sprint in
November 2015 at Goodwood and it would have been awarded the
Knickered Demon Trophy (Fastest AC engined AC) if the driver had
been a club member.

A beautiful example with extensive provenance and race history,
this is a unique opportunity to own a car that can rightly be
described as part of AC and British motoring history.


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