The 1935 Collier/Mitchell-Thomson Le Mans Car,1934 Frazer Nash TT Replica 1,496cc Sports Two Seater  Chassis no. 2142 Engine no. 7/111

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The 1935 Collier/Mitchell-Thomson Le Mans Car, 1934 Frazer Nash TT Replica 1,496cc Sports Two Seater
Registration no. BMP 846 Chassis no. 2142 Engine no. 7/111

Sold for £ 73,000 (US$ 94,957) inc. premium
The 1935 Collier/Mitchell-Thomson Le Mans Car
1934 Frazer Nash TT Replica 1,496cc Sports Two Seater
Registration no. BMP 846
Chassis no. 2142
Engine no. 7/111
With a pedigree tracing back to Captain Archie Frazer Nash’s spidery, twin-cylinder GN’s, the first car to bear the name Frazer Nash appeared in June 1924. With chain drive and rigid rear axle the new cars catered exclusively for the sports-minded motorist, offering spartan but exciting motoring with their own distinctive handling characteristics. A variety of proprietary engines were adopted including Plus-Power, Anzani, Meadows and Blackburne. Of these the Meadows engine was arguably the most robust but nevertheless not sufficiently strong to cope with the extra power developed when fitted with Albert Gough’s deflector head. Gough’s new-design engine was manufactured by Bean Industries and first appeared in 1934, some three years after the immortal Frazer Nash TT Replica had first been offered by Frazer Nash.
The TT Replica was in itself perhaps outdated at the time of its launch, a very basic, but nonetheless effective chassis design carrying one of the aforementioned proprietary engines and driving through a crude and yet similarly effective four-speed system, involving dog clutch and chains to a bevel box on a solid rear axle. Suspension was quarter-elliptic front and rear and the chassis was low slung, contributing significantly to its excellent handling characteristics. The TT Replica nomenclature was a simple marketing ploy reflecting no particular significant successes in that event by the company, indeed the opposite perhaps applied. Their first involvement at the Ards Circuit was in 1928, three cars starting that year but all retiring with mechanical problems. 1929 was blessed with similar lack of success and in 1930 Frazer Nash cars were conspicuous by their absence. 1931 saw H J Aldington (‘Aldy’) competing in a Meadows-engined car alongside his brother Don in a similar car while Tom Moore (then Editor of Motor Sport) fielded a side-valve Anzani-engined car. Frazer Nash’s TT curse haunted the chain-driven entries once again, only ‘Aldy’ being on the circuit at the end of the race but he was so far behind the field that he was classified as a non-finisher. It was perhaps surprising therefore that the TT Replica nomenclature was chosen but Frazer Nash’s record in the TT was not typical.
Although the factory never promoted a ‘works’ team it did offer significant encouragement to privateers and nowhere did the marque excel more than in the testing International Alpine Trials which took place between 1932 and 1934. 1932 saw a distinct change of fortunes for the competition successes of Frazer Nash, Gripper and ‘Aldy’ both completing the Alpine Trial that year driving Meadows-engined, TT Replica-bodied cars without losing a single mark. In 1934 four out of six of the Frazer Nashes entered repeated this remarkable record. Gough’s robust four-cylinder engine, introduced that year, proved significantly more reliable than the standard Meadows unit and was notably reliable in supercharged form. It is this Gough engine, frequently referred to as a Frazer Nash engine, which is fitted to this car.
Chassis no.2142 was delivered new in December 1934 to H.F. ‘Fred’ Wilmot. Wilmot was generously to allow his friend Michael U. Collier to enter the car for the 1935 Le Mans 24 Hour Endurance Race. A seasoned racer with a passion for the Frazer Nash marque, he relished the challenge of pitting the arguably dated Frazer Nash against more sophisticated and conventional sports cars. As a warm-up for Le Mans Collier was to enter this car in the Brooklands Easter Junior Short Handicap Race, driving it to a creditable 3rd place, beaten only by Hartwell’s MG, which took the laurels at 102.21mph, and Oats in Follett’s Alvis 12/60 narrowly taking 2nd place, a bonnet-length ahead of Collier.
Collier was partnered by the Hon. Peter Mitchell-Thomson for the Le Mans race. The car ran strongly through the night until 3am when a centre main bearing stud gave way, lodging between the crankshaft and crank case and emerging with ‘a sharp crack’ through the side of the crank case. A hasty repair saw the car continuing its epic run, relying on two end mains, however at 4am the problems proved terminal.
The car was fixed and returned to Wilmot who part-exchanged it for a new Frazer Nash-BMW. In the early post-war years the car was owned by one E.W. Dickin and is recorded as being in the ownership of P.G. Smith in the mid-1950’s. It continued competition involvement, being campaigned in the Corsa Della Mondola Hill Climb in Italy in 1960. Frazer Nash enthusiast and active V.S.C.C. member, Bill May, then acquired the car and its continuing competition history was guaranteed, May being an exceptionally able and competitive driver. Photographs on file record its 1969 participation in the Frazer Nash Raid to the Dolomites and the car was a regular competitor in the widest variety of V.S.C.C. and other competition events.
In 1991 the car was acquired by the present owner’s family, joining a most exclusive and exceptional collection of historic and sporting motor cars. Used only occasionally during that ownership the car was nevertheless fastidiously maintained and comparatively recently was recommissioned for the road by Tony Fabian. A most practical modification has been the fitting of modern motorcycle chains lubricated by an automatic oil pump, however in all other respects the car retains outstanding originality and a remarkable patina. The coachwork reflects its competition history, however is sound and straight with only minor stone chips apparent in vulnerable areas and it is felt that a repaint would destroy this increasingly sought after and cherished patination. We are told that this Nash handles in all respects as one would expect, with an especially well-balanced drift in traditional Nash style providing the exciting and challenging motoring unique to the marque and which undoubtedly drew Fred Wilmot to place his order in 1934.
This historic motor car, one of just two Frazer Nashes to participate in the Le Mans 24 Hours Endurance Race, is offered with a Swansea V5 registration document, current MoT to April 2005 and a small file containing past MoTs and expired tax discs, interesting correspondence and copies of relevant magazine articles.
The 1935 Collier/Mitchell-Thomson Le Mans Car,1934 Frazer Nash TT Replica 1,496cc Sports Two Seater  Chassis no. 2142 Engine no. 7/111
The 1935 Collier/Mitchell-Thomson Le Mans Car,1934 Frazer Nash TT Replica 1,496cc Sports Two Seater  Chassis no. 2142 Engine no. 7/111
The 1935 Collier/Mitchell-Thomson Le Mans Car,1934 Frazer Nash TT Replica 1,496cc Sports Two Seater  Chassis no. 2142 Engine no. 7/111
The 1935 Collier/Mitchell-Thomson Le Mans Car,1934 Frazer Nash TT Replica 1,496cc Sports Two Seater  Chassis no. 2142 Engine no. 7/111
The 1935 Collier/Mitchell-Thomson Le Mans Car,1934 Frazer Nash TT Replica 1,496cc Sports Two Seater  Chassis no. 2142 Engine no. 7/111
The 1935 Collier/Mitchell-Thomson Le Mans Car,1934 Frazer Nash TT Replica 1,496cc Sports Two Seater  Chassis no. 2142 Engine no. 7/111
The 1935 Collier/Mitchell-Thomson Le Mans Car,1934 Frazer Nash TT Replica 1,496cc Sports Two Seater  Chassis no. 2142 Engine no. 7/111
The 1935 Collier/Mitchell-Thomson Le Mans Car,1934 Frazer Nash TT Replica 1,496cc Sports Two Seater  Chassis no. 2142 Engine no. 7/111
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