Films: 1962 AC Bristol: The Grasshopper

1962 AC Bristol: The Grasshopper

February 13, 2019
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Robert in LA
Robert in LA

Here is some background material on the car. Apparently this is an “AC Ace” in “Bristol Specification” with Bristol being the engine builder. Apparently 686 such cars were built. From the attached article: “In 1956, the highly regarded 1,971-cc Bristol six became available, upgrading the standard Ace to Ace-Bristol specification. This high-revving, state-of-the-art power unit initially produced 125 bhp at 5,750 rpm, which rose to 128 hp in its ultimate D2 specification, care of increased compression from 8.5:1 to 9:1. The engine could trace its origins back to BMW’s advanced pre-war 328 design, which helped make it successful in racing… Read more »

Robert in LA
Robert in LA

Apparently the body is made from a light alloy, and not fiberglass. From some of the compound curves below the front headlights, which are easy to execute in glass, and difficult to do on an English wheel, you might think glass, but it is an aluminum alloy. Comparisons are often made between this chassis and that of a Ferrari barchetta of the time.

Robert in LA
Robert in LA

Apparently the Bristol 100D2 engine, in this car, a 2 liter inline six, was developed by Bristol from the BMW M328 engine that Bristol produced in England under license from BMW during the 50s. Both Bristol D2 and BMW M328’s are push rod engines w/ aluminum blocks & heads, a cross flow configuration, and hemispherical combustion chambers. Valves are overhead. https://wikivisually.com/wiki/BMW_M328.

Bohemianracer
Bohemianracer

Very cool story, beautiful car. This fine lady is on the right track.

P-Nut
P-Nut

Great story. The owner is an inspiration for women to become leaders in technical areas. Happy to share this with my daughter.

Dwight Watts
Dwight Watts

Thanks for the great video. I enjoyed listening to your story… I hope your company prospers, so you can do more videos. Good luck Robin

Barrett Benton

Fabulous car, but even more fabulous owner with a hell of a story of her own. Petrolicious hits yet another homer.

Bruce Brawn
Bruce Brawn

Hands down my favorite car of all time. I doubt i will ever own one because the values have gotten crazy. Lots of them were converted to V8’s because of the Cobra connection.
If memory serves the Bristol engine was BMW derived. So, maybe a Cobra kit car with a BMW engine? That would be close.

jeff2
jeff2

Great stuff!

ALF22
ALF22

I really hope one day such a nice car will find ME! 😉

Robert in LA
Robert in LA

Lovely video. Great car. Fun owner, who shows every sign of knowing everything there is to know about moving cars across oceans.

Jim Graham
Jim Graham

Fantastic feature. Beautiful car.

Dennis White
Dennis White

Thank God, I thought I was going to miss my weekly fix. Halfway through detox but can now rest!