Hershey

9-10 October 2014

Offered from the collection of John Moir

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Lot 136

1929 AC Acedes-Magna Tourer

  • Chassis no. 15733
  • Engine no. A4147A

Sold for $77,000


65 bhp, 1,991 cc SOHC inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, live axle front and rear suspension with semi-elliptic leaf-spring suspension, and rear-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 113 in.

  • Offered from the collection of John Moir
  • Perhaps the ultimate Classic Era AC
  • Wonderful performance and original sporting coachwork
  • A handsome older restoration by David Steinman
  • A CCCA Full Classic


Despite the successful efforts of S.F. Edge in promoting the company’s cars through competition, AC Cars Ltd. could not escape the worldwide economic collapse of 1929. It had soon gone into what was described as “voluntary liquidation,” and its assets were sold in 1930 to the Hurlock brothers, who had wanted the company’s factory for use as a warehouse for their haulage business. The future of AC automobiles, for a time, was very much in doubt.

The last model produced under Edge’s visionary leadership was the Acedes-Magna, which employed the famous overhead-cam, six-cylinder engine that had first been developed by AC Co-Founder John Weller; the company would use this engine in various forms for 40 years. It was a swift and sporting tourer that had very attractive modern bodywork, and it competed readily with such legends as the Bentley 3-Litre for space in the garages of gentleman sportsmen.

John Moir acquired the Acedes-Magna offered here in the United Kingdom. At the time, it was finished in the AC racing colors of the period, with the body in bare polished aluminum and the fenders finished in maroon. In the course of his painstaking restoration of the car, restorer David Steinman, of Waitsfield, Vermont, refinished the body and fenders in a classic scarlet, with the hood left as bare aluminum. The car has a very elegant dashboard with nickeled instruments, a windshield with wind wings for the passengers in the rear seat, and beautifully tailored leather upholstery. While the restoration is now two decades old, it has aged only gently and would require only a little time and polish to return it to sparkling condition for the show field. More appropriately, this CCCA Full Classic would also be a distinctive choice for the club’s popular CARavans.

This example is accompanied by a file that contains correspondence between previous British caretakers, past registrations, and assorted receipts and documents, and it may well be the most important AC of the Classic Era.

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Alexander Weaver

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Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

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Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

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Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

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David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

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Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

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Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

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Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

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A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

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Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

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Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

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Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

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Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more