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Motoring Monday: 1950 AC 2 Litre 2-Door Saloon


This rare AC 2-litre saloon has been almost stripped to bare aluminum and actually runs! The car is listed here on eBay with a buy-it-now of $6,200 and an opening bid of $4,950. It’s located in Marshall, Michigan. The AC has a hybrid body, consisting of aluminum paneling over a wood substructure and a steel chassis. Just over 1,200 were produced in 2 and 4 door models from 1947 to 1956–not exactly mass production! Unusually, the inline OHV 6-cylinder first used in an AC in 1922 has an aluminum block with wet liners and, in this car, three SU carburetors. There’s evidence of recent work to the carburetors and the car looks relatively straight. However, the seller makes it plain that the wood body framing is in poor shape, and being structural wood this would be very difficult to replace economically unless you do it yourself. Any amateur or professional woodworkers out there that would like an unusual project?



  1. Howard A Member

    Termites, AHHHH. IDK, it sure is unique, I bet you’d have the only one around, probably not a big call for these, much less parts. The 3 S.U.’s would have me screaming in the night (2 were bad enough) I’m sure someone in “merry old England” is drooling right now over this, but for us Yanks, not so much.

  2. Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

    I guess I’m in the minority, then, ’cause I’d love to have this one. Not in the cards at the moment, though :-(

  3. Carl W French

    700 cars come to the British Invasion in Stowe, Vt every September. Trust me, there are many people talking about this in AC I hope it gets saved.

  4. JeffH48

    If I had a garage space and the available ca$h, I’d own this one in a nano second.
    Something about this vehicle, speaks to me. Then again maybe it’s because we are both of a similar age….I too was born in England (1948) and ended up in North America (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) at an early age (1953)

    Here’s a decent page: LIBRARY

    for AC’s post-war 2 Litre Saloon.

    …and a page of pictures, just because I want to share the unique beauty of this vehicle…..:)


  5. Chris A.

    This is sort of the Shelby Cobra great grandfather. If I remember correctly, not only is the the engine mostly aluminum, but it is also a OHC design that was used well into the 50’s. Neat car that proceeded the AC Aceca coupe and roadster that eventually became the Cobra. This is truly a car that shold be restored. Master wood worker required, but it would be worth it.

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