By order of the Executors of the late Ralph Wilde,1921 GN 1,086cc Vitesse Two Seater  Chassis no. 1081 Engine no. 1081

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Lot 685
By order of the Executors of the late Ralph Wilde, 1921 GN 1,086cc Vitesse Two Seater
Registration no. BU 1662 Chassis no. 1081 Engine no. 1081

Sold for £ 33,350 (US$ 42,168) inc. premium
By order of the Executors of the late Ralph Wilde
1921 GN 1,086cc Vitesse Two Seater
Registration no. BU 1662
Chassis no. 1081
Engine no. 1081
The partnership of H.R. Godfrey and Archie Frazer-Nash traded as GN Ltd. initiallly from their premises in Bell Lane, Hendon, from 1910, manufacturing the then enormously popular cyclecars which appealed to a first generation of motorists. The earliest GN's used air-cooled, V-twin engines from manufacturers such as J.A.P. and Antoine, however by 1911 GN were building their own 90 degree V-twin units. In post-war years the company moved to the factory previously occupied by Gregoire on East Hill in Wandsworth, allowing production to be stepped up. At that stage the original ash chassis used in the pre-war cars gave way to steel chassis and the primitive wire and bobbin steering was replaced by a conventional steering box. The belt and chain transmission of the early cars was replaced by chain drive throughout, the differential-less rear axle making these cars particularly suitable for trials use. Lightweight two seater coachwork was the norm, with an ash frame panelled in aluminium. The Popular model weighed in at just 6 1/2 cwt and the V-twin engine gave remarkable power and torque. Sporting models included the Legere and the top-of-the-range Vitesse with a 1,086cc, air-cooled, V-twin engine, featuring enclosed overhead camshafts. It is thought that only 35 or so of these high-revving and seriously quick Vitesses were built.
BU 1662 was acquired in a disassembled state from the late Basil Davenport, owner and driver of 'Spider' and general 'guru' on all things GN. Ralph Wilde worked closely with Davenport in building this car and constructed the superbly executed, two seater coachwork, copying exactly the design from an original car. The car has correct period instrumentation, tools are neatly stowed in the boot lid and the car is equipped with electric lighting. It is MOT tested to 5th August 2005 and is presently S.O.R.N. registered. BU 1662 comes with a Swansea registration document and two old style log books, the earliest indicating acquisition by Ralph Wilde in 1969.This exceedingly rare car is eminently suitable for V.S.C.C. and L.C. & E.S. events.
By order of the Executors of the late Ralph Wilde,1921 GN 1,086cc Vitesse Two Seater  Chassis no. 1081 Engine no. 1081
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