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AC 'Bluebird'

AC Aceca on stand at Earls Court Motor Show 1954

Star of the Show

Star of the Show in 1954, mixing with celebrities, traveling the country and staying in exclusive grand hotels. Yet by the late sixties was ignored and had become a neglected wreck.

But a true star never fades.

This website tells the story of the first ever AC Aceca. How it was voted car of the year, was owned by the land and water speed record holder Donald Campbell, and then had successive owners. The car was found rusting in a farmyard and underwent extensive restoration. It then changed hands again several times.

I bought the car in 2014. I had no idea what I was doing. I knew nothing about the car, nothing about Donald Campbell and absolutely nothing about motor racing.

This little car started me on a journey I could never have imagined and it is not over yet…

Kevin Shilling

History Brief
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  • Nicknamed 'Bluebird'
  • Defining Moment
  • Car of the Year 1954
  • Donald Campbell and the Bristol 100B
  • Farmyard Wreck
  • Mrs Nickless, Hill-Climbing
  • Comprehensive Restoration
  • Motoring Celebrity

Technical Brief
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  • Technical information about AC 'Bluebird'
  • Registration Number
  • Chassis Number
  • Wheelbase and Track
  • Dimensions
  • Engine
  • Carburettor
  • Transmission

Restoration Brief
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  • Black Flag
  • Racing Restoration
  • Woodworm
  • Engine and Electrics
  • Minute Blemishes Tapped
  • Donald Campbell’s ‘Bluebird’ Blue
  • Bluebird Restoration Project
  • AC ’Bluebird’ Third
  • Photo of Latest Restoration

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