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The Ace Combat Speedster

Ace Automobile

Words By:
Dr. Fred Simeone

Why The American Sports Car?

This series intends to bring to light the interesting sports cars that American manufacturers proposed in their sales literature, in a failing attempt to interest American buyers. Nevertheless, these stillborn vehicles were of interesting design and their memory should be revived. Fortunately, our library has an extensive collection of sales literature which, besides illustrating the cars and their features, hawk a sporting motoring experience.

The Ace automobile company started ambitiously right after World War I, the dream of an engineer who, unable to buy cars of the type he wanted, decided to make his own. By 1920 manufactured began in Ypsilanti Michigan and by 1922 he was out of business.

The Ace “Combat” Speedster

44 50 Fore Door Battleship Roadster

The exciting Combat Roadster screamed sport with its disc wheels, and an externally mounted pump to the world that more fuel may be needed during its performance, as well as a streamlined rear end, quite unusual for that time.

Performance Modifications

In addition, the pricelist below conforms with one of our definitions of a sports car, that is separate and different from the ordinary “roadster” model by having a specific purpose in style and performance. You will note in addition to the Ace Combat Speedster Big Six there was also an Ace Pup Roadster for the less adventurous buyer.

Ace Motor Carriages

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Philadelphia, PA 19153
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About the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

Located in Philadelphia, PA, the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is one of the world’s greatest collections of racing sports cars. Through our theme, “The Spirit of Competition”, we celebrate the history and evolution of these magnificent machines.

Assembled over 50 years by Dr. Frederick Simeone, the Museum contains over 75 historically significant cars including Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, Mercedes, Jaguar, Bentley, Porsche, Aston Martin, Corvette, Ford, and more.

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