CHASSIS NO: ELX1512
• Rarely seen and nicely restored
• Special-ordered new in black finish with roll-up side windows
• 1 of as few as 70 examples built
• Owned new and later repurchased by noted collector, John Moir
• Complete ownership history from new
1,991 cc inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox, solid front and rear axles with semi-elliptic leaf spring suspension, Girling hydraulic front and mechanical rear drum brakes; wheelbase: 117”
Formerly owned by noted New England collector and enthusiast, John Moir, this AC Two-Litre Sports Tourer was ordered new and ignited his longstanding passion for the AC marque. As the story goes, the young Mr. Moir had been driving his father’s old Cadillac V-16 but found it a bit large when negotiating Boston traffic. Mr. Moir’s dad wrote to family friend Bob Russell, asking for advice on a suitable replacement for the Cadillac; Mr. Russell replied that, while he drove a Lagonda, an AC would be most suitable for the young man. Accordingly, an order was placed for a Two-Litre Sports Tourer, with Mr. Moir requesting the AC Thames Ditton works to paint the car black and install roll-up side windows. Shortly thereafter, the sleek AC arrived at the docks in New York City and made its way to Mr. Moir in Massachusetts, where it was his daily driver until 1956, when it was sold to a teacher who was Mr. Moir’s colleague at a Westtown, Pennsylvania Quaker school. The next year, it was sold to a dealer and seemingly disappeared.
In 1987, Mr. Moir saw an advertisement in The Antique Automobile for a black AC Tourer, which was offered by Phillips Lowther of Pennsylvania, who had owned and enjoyed the car for the previous 30 years, eventually parking it due to chronic illness. Upon seeing the rare AC’s black paint and special-ordered roll-up windows, Mr. Moir knew the Sports Tourer was indeed the beloved car of his youth. Mr. Moir commissioned Sebert Motor Car Company of Millbrook, Ontario, near Peterborough, to restore his AC to its original color combination with correct trim and finishes throughout. It was, without doubt, one of the highlights of his prized “A to Z” collection until its eventual sale in late 2014.
Passing through another collector, the Sports Tourer would then join the collection of Mr. Monical who would let it go in 2017 to enter The Rockhound Collection. The restoration has been well-preserved and, as offered, the very rare AC remains quite fine throughout, notwithstanding some age-appropriate mellowing. This AC has received mechanical sorting prior to this sale and benefits from proper care and storage. Quite likely the nicest example of its rare breed available, this very special AC is presented with its features and colors as originally specified from the factory by its original owner. Steeped in wonderful history, this is a splendid AC Two-Litre Sports Tourer which presents an excellent opportunity to have a car that few others do.