Chassis AE 220 was completed in right hand drive configuration at Thames Ditton on 30th October 1957 and supplied new to K.N. Rudd Ltd and registered ‘YBP 782’, the registration it retains to this day. Finished in red with a black interior, ‘AE 220’ was fitted with a 1991cc AC engine from new.
Ken Rudd had started an engineering business in Worthing and from humble beginnings had moved from working on agricultural equipment to sports cars and was soon spending his spare time motor racing. Rudd acquired an AC Ace to race and it was with this marque that Ruddspeed Ltd established its name in motor sport and the preparation of racing cars.
In January 1958, ‘AE 220’ was sold by K.N. Rudd Ltd to a Mr Alan Bremner of Newcastle upon Tyne who kept the Ace for one year before selling to Mrs Dorothy Morris of North London. The Morris family moved to live in Heathfield and the Ace went with them and was looked after by local garage; Seys Garages (Heathfield) Ltd – there are various handwritten invoices documenting the work in the history file.
The Ace then passed into the ownership of Dr A.J.B. Missen and his family in 1967 where it would remain for some forty-three years. Dr Missen had a scrupulous eye for detail and there are some very entertaining letters and invoices detailing his experiences with AC Cars and the car within the history file. During Missen’s ownership the Ace received an engine rebuild, a repaint of the bodywork, a new exhaust system, interior retrim, rebuilt steering and the braking system was stripped and overhauled.
In 2010, the Ace was bought by a Mr M. Jopp who lived locally to the Missen family, he would own ‘AE 220’ for two years before selling to the current owner. The current owner embarked on a long list of work which would include a major restoration of the body including reshaping and profiling the wings and re-hanging the doors, boot and bonnet which has resulted in perfect gaps and shut lines to the bodywork before completing a bare metal repaint in red. A new wiring loom was installed, the suspension was rebuilt with new shock absorbers, new foot boxes, floor pans, boot floor and a new transmission tunnel were also fitted. We are pleased to report that ‘AE 220’ drives extremely well, the AC engine providing plenty of torque and a delightful soundtrack compared to the Bristol unit, ‘AE 220’ also benefits from having overdrive.
‘AE 220’ is UK road registered, taxes paid and equipped with a black hardtop roof, hood, hood frame and side screens. A most thorough and documented history file which includes its original buff logbook shows that at no stage has the Ace ever been off the road and not in use by one of its few owners.
Viewings and inspections can be arranged at our showroom in South West London.
Photo Credit: Riiko-Andre Nuud, Riiko Photo