1955 HRG Twin Cam Roadster  Chassis no. 1N503T4 Engine no. 4ADT3236X

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Lot 217
1955 HRG Twin Cam Roadster
Registration no. VPH 188 Chassis no. 1N503T4 Engine no. 4ADT3236X

£ 50,000 - 55,000
US$ 69,000 - 76,000
1955 HRG Twin Cam Roadster
Registration no. VPH 188
Chassis no. 1N503T4
Engine no. 4ADT3236X
In 1935, ten years after the dissolution of the GN cyclecar company, the ‘G’ - H R Godfrey - was back in business with new partners E A Halford and G H Robins, the trio’s new firm adopting the name ‘HRG’. The aim was to build a lightweight vintage-style sporting car endowed with the virtues of brisk acceleration and positive steering, and in this they succeeded brilliantly. However, with its Meadows engine at the end development, an alternative was needed and the firm turned to Singer, adopting tuned versions of the latter’s overhead-camshaft engines for its 1500 and 1100 models. By the early 1950s demand for HRG’s traditional sports car was declining and the firm responded with a radical new design - the Twin Cam. The latter was powered by a 1,497cc Singer SM engine fitted with a twin-cam cylinder head, mounted in a new chassis featuring all-independent suspension, alloy wheels and four-wheel disc brakes. Unfortunately for HRG, Rootes’ takeover of Singer in 1956 halted the supply of engines and Twin Cam production ceased after a tiny handful of cars had been completed.
This Twin Cam was built in 1955 using a spare chassis that had been stored in the HRG factory’s roof, and the body from the works racer. The engine is of the correct type, though the vehicle does depart from factory specification in a few, minor respects, being fitted with a 1960s MG gearbox instead of the original Singer, Jaguar camshafts (for ease of replacement) and a gas-flowed cylinder head incorporating larger valves. Restored between 1997 and 2005, the car is described by the private vendors as in very good condition in every respect. A fine example of one of the rarest and most exclusive of all English sporting thoroughbreds, ‘VPH 188’ is pictured in A-Z of Sports Cars by Mike Lawrence and A-Z of Cars 1945-1970 by Michael Sedgwick and Mark Gillies. The vehicle is offered with road fund licence/MoT to July 2006 and Swansea V5 registration document.
1955 HRG Twin Cam Roadster  Chassis no. 1N503T4 Engine no. 4ADT3236X
1955 HRG Twin Cam Roadster  Chassis no. 1N503T4 Engine no. 4ADT3236X
1955 HRG Twin Cam Roadster  Chassis no. 1N503T4 Engine no. 4ADT3236X
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