Concept Cars > AC ACE Concept
Project Kimber, the British consortium which originally hoped to buy Rover but ultimately failed, had plans back in 2006 to revive the Smart Roadster under the AC badge as the AC Ace. So far the car has failed to materialize. The Ace name revives one AC has used before both in the 1960s and late '90s.
The AC Ace concept was designed by the same man who designed the Jaguar XJ220, and features some decidedly retro styling elements, although the layout and basic shape of the AC Ace concept remains almost identical to that of the Smart Roadster. Except for the dramatic scissor action doors.
The AC Ace concept featured front end styling similar to classic british sports cars - in particular the Austin Healey "Frog Eye" Sprite. The shape of the car's grille was just about the only connection with the original car.
CONCEPT YEAR: 2006
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