Ex-Ian Fleming AC sports coupe to be auctioned

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A 1962 AC Aceca Coupe once owned by James Bond creator Ian Fleming is coming up for auction on September 17th at the Goodwood revival event in Sussex. The restored Aceca is forecast to sell for around £130,000.

It's fitted with a 2.6 litre Ruddspeed tuned Ford Zephyr engine, one of only eight Acecas built to this specification, of which a surprising six still survive.

Fleming, who was quite an enthusiast for fast cars, is believed to have bought the AC from the factory in the year that he finished 'The Spy Who Loved Me', the 10th of his 14 Bond novels.

He didn't keep the car long, selling it in 1963, but it retains the original red leather seats that he would have sat on.

Besides the Stage 2 tuned triple carburettor engine the AC is also fitted with a Moss four-speed gearbox with overdrive, servo-assisted disc-drum brakes, twin electric cooling fans and a radio. Its aluminium body has recently been lightly refurbished – it retains the original colour - and the Zephyr engine has been rebuilt.