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Saturday 23 November 2019

1962 AC GREYHOUND BRISTOL - BONHAMS AUCTIONS Bonhams MPH November Sale Bicester Heritage, Bicester Tuesday 26th November 2019


Bonhams MPH
November Sale
Bicester Heritage, Bicester
Tuesday 26th
November 2019

Registration no. 240 YPJ
Chassis no. BEF2566
*Restored by specialist 20 years ago and re-painted this year

*Bristol engine rebuilt
*Extensive history

Odometer Reading: 61,000
MOT Expiry: 21/08/2020

While the pre-Cobra AC Ace remains overshadowed by its more powerful successor, another AC – one from the same period with true grand touring capabilities – also brought together two great British car-making names in one attractive package. Step forward the AC Greyhound, whose manufacturer looked to Bristol to supply engines. The result was a rapid, well-engineered not to say good-looking offering. Restored around 20 years ago by noted Bristol specialist Spencer Lane-Jones (over 570 hours!), this UK-supplied Greyhound has a comprehensive history and has received much attention more recently. It is fitted with the Bristol 2.2-litre inline six, the engine which experts say best suits the Greyhound's character, and is coupled to a Bristol (overdrive) gearbox. Following on from the restoration, more recently (2019) it has been re-painted in Aston Martin Dunhill Silver, a shade that complements the body's lines, while the lack of bumpers lends a more purposeful air and evoking images of when these models were used in rallies. Ideally suiting the silver bodywork is a red interior, which is in wonderfully, lightly patinated order with no signs of modification, and remains eminently usable. At the wooden dashboard is especially appealing with its full complement of instruments, below which sits a period radio. At the heart of any Greyhound is the engine, and this car was re-built to almost 100S specification (which translates into around 125bhp) and is said to be very good. Running gear too is in good order, other than the brakes which could benefit from some attention. Adding to this car's appeal is its immense history, which runs to two box files and includes the original 1960 buff logbook, as well as photographs and notes taken during the restoration work.


  • Vendor Score Total: 66/100

    Bidders should note that the automated 100-point Seller's Assessment is provided by each Seller at the point of consignment using the guidelines below, and is not provided, assessed or verified by Bonhams MPH. Accordingly Customers (Bidders) are on notice that each vehicle is offered "as is / as seen" subject to the Conditions of Sale for the auction, and Customers (Bidders) are strongly recommended to view the Lot(s) being offered, before bidding, in order to satisfy themselves as to their condition; Bonhams MPH will not entertain disputes over Sellers' Assessments.

    Key for sellers' assessments:
    1/5 POOR. A project vehicle | Requires urgent attention | Damaged | Parts missing
    2/5 AVERAGE. Useable condition | Requires some attention | Light damage
    3/5 GOOD. Driveaway | Presents well | Good history file | Drives well
    4/5 VERY GOOD. Well restored | Running and driving with no noticeable faults | Sound throughout
    5/5 EXCELLENT. Concours condition | Beautifully presented | Driving very well

    Body Work: 5
    Chrome/Plastics/Trim: 5
    Glass: 3
    Paint: 3
    Wheels/Tyres: 5

    Dashboard/Door cards/Carpets: 2
    Headlining: 3
    Seats: 3
    Trim: 3

    ENGINE TOTAL: 14/20
    Mechanical components: 4
    Running: 4
    Starting: 3
    Under Bonnet: 3

    Axles: 3
    Brakes: 3
    Gearbox/Clutch: 3
    Suspension: 2

    Ancillary components: 3
    Main components: 3

    Car History File: 3

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