1936 AC 16/80 Competition


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Detailed Description

AC 16/80 two seater competition sports SWB. Produced on the 28th March 1938 (chassis no L 635). The engine is a two litre straight six with ohc and triple su carburettors. It is one of only fifteen 16/80 sports models built with the sloping tail bodywork, in total only forty two 16/80 competition cars were built. The beautiful flowing lines of the body are the work of Freddie March who later founded Goodwood motor circuit. Famous buyers of the handsome sports model included movie star Errol Flynn and American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

This particular car was the Works’ demonstrator and as such was finished in Snow Shadow Jewelescence on all bodywork, chassis and running gear especially for the Earls Court Motor Show in London. In 1938 GPF 957 was entered in the RAC Rally by JG Pige-Leschallas and co-driver Edgar Kehoe, both well-known and respected rally drivers of the day. Also in 1938 the car was road tested by the Autocar magazine and featured in their July 1938 edition. GPF 957 was to feature again in the Autocar magazine in August 1940 as a subject in the ‘Talking Sports Cars’ series. Continuation log books show owners from the 1950’s and 60’s.

GPF 957 was bought by the previous owner on the 22 February 1997 in poor condition and he restored her over the next nine years. Engine, gearbox and rear axle were fully
rebuilt by AC expert Brian Taylor. A large file of its restoration is available on request including a photographic record of its mechanical rebuild.
Recent achievements:

  • 2006 - AC Owner’s Club: Won KBR trophy for best engine. Best PVT. The Hurlock trophy
  • 2006 - Vintage Sports Car Club - Oulton Park Concours First place.
  • 2006 - Vintage Sports Car Club - entered and completed Western Rally.
  • 2007 - Vintage sports car club - First Class Award in the Northern Rally.
  • 2007 - AC Owners Club - won the Brownridge Trophy award for most used AC during
  • 2007 - Displayed at Goodwood Festival of Speeds Cartier Style-et-Luxe Concours.
  • 2008 - Vintage Sports Car Club Bulletin No 259 seven page article of history and restoration.
  • Features in the latest “Georgano Encyclopedia Of Cars” and also in the recently published by “AC in Detail” by Rinsey Mills.
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Flying Start Records

Stanley Mann achieved incredible records with this car, including 5 Miles Flying Start in 2 minutes and 12.97 seconds and 10 Kilometers Flying Start in 2 minutes and 45.56 seconds, both at an average speed of over 135 mph.


as Stanley Mann would have said, with a smile
on his face and a sparkle in his eye.  

Competition Success

In the 1980s, the car achieved notable competition success, including victories at events like the Bentley Drivers Club and VSCC races.

Record-Breaking Legacy

Under Stanley Mann's ownership in 1987, the car underwent a comprehensive rebuild to set new class A records, solidifying its status as a record-setter.

Exceptional Exterior

Crafted by Williams and Pritchard, the car features an aluminum and steel tube frame construction with impeccable paint. Fitted wings, Brookland's screens, and a racing head cowl enhance its racing authenticity.

Impeccable Interior

The green leather bucket seats with meticulous leather lacing are in excellent condition. The aluminum dash houses all necessary gauges, and there's ample storage space behind the seats.

Impressive Mechanics

Despite its weight, the car offers a light and agile driving experience. It features a Laystall crankshaft, 8.0:1 compression, tubular con-rods, fabricated exhaust manifold, and other performance-enhancing modifications.

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