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1979 AC 3000 ME Lightweight Twin Turbo SOLD

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Serial Number: 119
Engine Number: S-12
Condition: Very Good
Price:  £11,999 United Kingdom Pounds  Currency_Convert
Location: West Sussex, UK

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This is the only example of a specially prepared sprint/hillclimb version of the AC 3000 ME, chassis no 119, it initially started life as a standard road car, but immediately started to undergo extensive race prep modifications to run in the modsport category for hillclimbs and sprints. One of the most extensive modifications was a special lightweight bodyshell, which significantly reduced the overall weight of the vehicle and increasied its width for widee wheels and tyres. It was also fitted with a rollcage. Mechanically it differs from the standard car in lots of ways. Engine and Gearbox Twin IHI Turbochargers, DCNF Weber Carb, Race gear ratios, Steel braced diff cradle, repack able exhaust box, race fuel tank in boot, oil catch tank in boot, coolant header tank in boot, stainless steel road fuel tank. race fuel filler, fire suppression system, battery & fuel cut off, battery jump socket. Uprated engine mountings. Wheels Suspension 10" Minilite magnesium wheels, Heavy duty Koni adjustable coil over shock absorbers, adjustable rear track control arms, AP Racing front calipers, uprated front disc's. Body and Interior Fibreglass nose section, group B rally arches, modified engine cover, roll cage, ally dash, full safety harness, period bucket seats. This car is legal for road use, although during its racing lifetime it did not appear to be used on the road, the speedo reads 2100 miles MOT's substantiate this mileage but it cannot be guaranteed.The current MOT Expires October 2006. Whilst perfectly drivable on the road this car is more at home on the track, numerous magazine articles have been dedicated to the car and will be supplied with the vehicle some estimate the BHP of the car in excess of 300BHP.


Originally supplied from Jonathan Bradbury to Reg Philips, the car was immediately prepared for the 1980 Hillclimb season by Robin Rew of Rooster Turbo's at Silverstone. He installed a single turbo and significantly modified the car which went on to win firsts at Shelsey and Prescott. The car also went back to the AC factory at Thames Ditton to have a special one off lightweight shell fitted. Eventually the car passed to Robin Rew who continued to develop and race it. Twin IHI turbos were fitted and water methanol injection! it had an estimated BHP of in excess of 300BHP and returned a time of 32.45 at Shelsey in 86 which at the time was quicker than any Cobra at the time! The next owner Dave Womack returned the car to road legal spec and converted the car for eligibility in the Intermarque and BDC series. Since then its been used in a few sprints and hillclimbs. I became the new owner in 2003. The water methanol had long since disappeared and the boost has been reduced but it is still a very quick car. I have continued to upgrade the car stronger engine mounts, modified gear linkage, period racing seats. The car has been the subject of magazine articles over the years these will be included in the sale as they chart its history etc.

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