1938 AC 16/70 Drop Head Coupe

By 1929, AC Cars Ltd had been through turmoil. The company founders had been ousted by Selwyn Edge, who in turn was caught out by the stock market crash and sent the company into receivership. The Hurlock Brothers bought AC, with very little desire to continue automobile production. They simply wished to use the High Street factory as a warehouse for their other business interests. AC employees were kept on to service the cars already on the road and were extremely proud of the cars they produced. In an effort to convince their new owners to continue automobile production, they built William Hurlock a car using spares they had on hand. He was so impressed by the quality that he changed course and agreed to resume production of AC cars. For the new 1936 16/70 model (named for its taxable and actual horsepower, respectively), the basic chassis was supplied by Standard Motor Company, but fitted with AC’s venerable overhead cam inline-six and a 4-speed gearbox. The graceful and attractive body was in keeping with modern styling of the time.

This 1938 16/70 Drophead was originally sold through Cook & Palmer Ltd to G.S. Singleton, wearing this very attractive drophead coupe coachwork. It found its way to the John Muir collection in the 1990’s when it was restored to a very high standard by David Steinman. It has been very well maintained since, earning a CCCA senior award and being only occasionally shown and driven. The light blue paintwork is in very good condition and is complemented by an attractive medium blue interior and dark blue canvas top. Chrome trim and bright work is appropriately excellent for a car restored to this level. A full complement of Smiths instruments grace the wood dash and the 4-speed gearbox make for an enjoyable driving experience. Mechanically excellent and in fine working order, this 16/70 is ready for CCCA touring or simply enjoying with passengers on your favorite country roads. Overall, this is a top quality restoration that has aged gracefully over the years. An extensive file is present, including copies of the original sales ledger, copy of the original owners guide, several period brochures, information on the Andre Telecontrol adjustable shock absorbers, and restoration photos. This is a rare and seldom seen classic that would be welcome at any show or classic tour.

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