History of the 1959-1963 AC Greyhound
AC is mostly remembered for the Ace roadster that provided the basis for the Shelby Cobra, but the company has a rich heritage that dates back to the early twentieth century, and during the same years while they were building the Ace and Aceca sports cars, they were also building the lesser known four-seater Greyhound. The AC Greyhound debuted at the Earls Court Motor Show in 1959. It rode atop a modified chassis borrowed from the Aceca coupe, and wore aluminum bodywork. Production began the next year with a new rear screen and nose as well as a stronger square-section chassis.
The venerable Bristol straight-six was the most popular engine, although AC- and Ruddspeed-tuned Fords made their way into a handful of Greyhounds. Suspension was by coil springs and wishbones at the front, and coil springs with semi-trailing arms at the rear. Brakes were discs up front and drums at the rear, and steering was rack-and-pinion. In typical AC fashion, the cabin was very well trimmed.
Just 84 AC Greyhounds were built before production stopped in 1963, and over the years several have been cannibalized for their valuable Bristol engines. They are generally worth enough now to restore, though, as interest in other ACs has pulled values up. While it lacks the elegance and sporting charm of its Ace and Aceca cousins, the Greyhound is nevertheless a handsome GT that is exceedingly rare and makes a great long-distance tour for driving events and casual drives alike.