AC Acedes Invalid Car

One of the least-remembered models produced by A.C. Cars Ltd. is the Acedes invalid car, perhaps because it was obscured by a host of near-identical models built by other manufacturers. The Invacar, as it was initially known, was the brainchild of Oscar B. “Bert” Greeves, a London garage owner who trained as an engineering apprentice at Austin. In the 1940s, he conceived and built a motorised carriage for his disabled cousin, Derek Preston Cobb, using lawn mower components. The idea caught on, and Greeves founded Invacar, Ltd. in 1946 to build them commercially. By the 1950s, Invacar had won a government contract to supply invalid carriages as part of a national scheme for aiding the disabled.

Other manufacturers were enlisted in order to boost production. These included, in addition to Invacar, Barrett, George Fitt Motors, Frank Tippen & Sons and A.C. Cars. The design was a tricycle chassis with single wheel forward and front-wheel drive. The engine of choice was the 147 cc Villiers 30C two-stoke single cylinder of motorcycle heritage. They were single-seaters with space for a folded wheelchair to be stowed beside the driver. Bodies were initially aluminium and later replaced by glass fibre. Nearly 6,000 of the Model 67 Acedes, reprising a 1920s A.C. model name, were built.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2009 at the Battersea Evolution, London.

147 cc two-stroke single-cylinder engine, three-speed automatic belt-drive transmission with centrifugal clutch, all-wheel coil spring independent suspension and three-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 76.75".

Source: RM Auctions

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