Hitting the classifieds, we start with the letter A.
The used-car website Autoscout24 has a long list of brands from which you can choose if you decide to go further than Audi, BMW, Ford, Mercedes, Opel and Volkswagen. The first on the list is an odd ragbag of cars under the AC name. At the time of writing there were 115 cars listed for sale as ACs. I did not expect so many examples of this specialist British manufacturer to be on sale at the one moment.
The first item, for €1200 is an AC Ace, with no photo and first registered in 2005 with 25,000 kilometres on the clock. The next one looked like a Renault Espace. The third one had two doors, a diesel engine and a name I didn’t recognise…the fourth bore a distinct resemblance to a Dacia Duster. After more Espaces, a Land Rover, a Mini, a backhoe and and Mini the first real AC appeared. For €18,000 you could have a 1992 AC Cobra Pilgrim Sumo 3.5L V8. After that the rest of the AC’s were proper two-seat sports cars rather than any vehicle with air conditioning that granny mistakenly though was called A/C.
By the time I had finished my inquiry surprise had visited me a second time because there really are about a hundred different flavours of AC cars on sale right now. At the far end of the lunacy scale, for €195,000 you can have this car, a 1937 AC that once belonged to the sheriff of Caernavonshire. It’s in Chantilly. After the rag-bag of erroneously categorized cars I wonder if Dominique really wants €195,000 or whether it’s another typo.