TWO WELL-TRIED A.C. MODELS CONTINUED UNCHANGED
A WIDE RANGE OF SPORTS AND ALL WEATHER COAC HWORK OF DISTINGUISHED LINE
” When you’ve got a good thing, stick to it.” This is the policy followed by Messrs A.C. (Acedes) Cars this year, in continuing the 16-56 and the 16-66 models for 1936. The engine is, of course, the well-tried two-litre six-cylinder unit, which employs advanced practice in using wet liners in an aluminium cylinder block, a single overhead-camshaft, three carburetters, and a fully-balanced crankshaft. A choice of gear-boxes is available, one of orthodox type with central control and a silent-third gear, or if preferred an epicyclic self-change-box may be fitted, with a neat gear-control on the steering column.
The chassis is particularly rigid with three cross-bracings and the brakes, of self-energising type, give the exceptional stoppage distance of 28 feet from 30 m.p.h. The sports engine running on straight petrol or ethylised petrol gives a speed Of 80 m.p.h., while 75 m.p.h. is obtained with the less highly-tuned 16-56, giving a really sporting performance in each case.
One of the special features of A.C. cars is the wide range of coachwork which is available, and as all the bodies are constructed at Thames Dit ton under the Same roof as the cars, one can be sure that the various types will be well adapted to the chassis for which they are built. The bodies available for the ” 16-56 ” range from an open two-seater to a fourdoor family saloon. The two-seater is fitted with a smart drop-head which fits down quite flush when opened, and yet converts into a closed car when the top is raised and the glass windows are wound into position. This car, which costs .,C470, was awarded First Prize in
its class at the Ramsgate Concours d’Elegance last year, and repeated its success in the 1935 R.A.C. Rally at Eastbourne.
Another body giving closed-car comfort with the joy of an open car in fine weather is the 4-seater drop-head coupe. Here again the hood folds clown almost flush at the rear of the car and the two large metal-framed windows wind flush into the wide doors, giving a smart line quite comparable to that of an open tourer. ThiS body provides comfortable seating accommodation for four people, with luggage space in the locker at the back. This car complete costs 1375, while the attractive close-coupled saloon costs live pounds less.
The standard body on the 16-66 chassis is a low-built open four-seater of speedy line. Pneumatic upholstery is fitted, there is a useful luggage compartment at the back, while the all-weather equipment is exceptionally good. This 80 m.p.h. car is modestly priced at .R450. As we go to press, important price re duction are announced. These are as follows :— Drop Head Two-Seater Coupe reduced from R,470, … … … … … Greyhound Saloon reduced from 31470 … Drop Head Four-seater Coupe (new model) Acro Saloon (Long or Short body) reduced
from £500 … … … … Five-Seater Saloon reduced from £510 … Fill Sports Four-seater reduced from .i’.485 Full Sports Flea ” Two-seater (new model) 6429 6485 6475 6485 £485 6445 6425