1948 HRG 1500 Sports  Chassis no. W165 Engine no. C180Q133/52

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Lot 652A
1948 HRG 1500 Sports
Registration no. HSC 378 Chassis no. W165 Engine no. C180Q133/52

Sold for £ 34,500 (US$ 47,457) inc. premium
1948 HRG 1500 Sports
Registration no. HSC 378
Chassis no. W165
Engine no. C180Q133/52

Footnotes

  • 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 adopting the name ‘HRG’ for their new firm. 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. With its sturdy yet flexible ladder-type frame, tubular front axle, ash-framed alloy coachwork and 1½-litre Meadows engine, the little HRG proved an instant success in competitions. The Meadows 4ED’s 58bhp combined with an overall weight of less than 1,600lbs meant that 50mph came up in under ten seconds with 85mph exceedable under favourable conditions, an excellent performance for a 1½-litre car of the period. With the Meadows at the end of its development an alternative was needed and the firm turned to Singer, adopting a tuned version of the overhead-camshaft Singer 12 engine for the ‘1500’ and a similarly-revised Singer 9 engine for a new model - the ‘1100’ - both of which were introduced in 1939.

    Production of both of these essentially 1930s designs continued post-war, with the ‘1500’ achieving a degree of competition success, the highlight being John Gott’s Coupe des Alpes in the 1951 Alpine Rally. Development though, was almost non-existent – hydraulic brakes were not standardised until 1953 – and the promising Twin-Cam, which used the Singer engine as its basis, fell foul of Rootes’ takeover of the Coventry manufacturer in 1956, by which time production of HRG’s traditional models had ceased.

    Delivered on 21st December 1948 and first owned by Tom Christie, of Kirkcaldy, Fife, HRG 1500 chassis number ‘W165’ was driven by him (No. 12) in the Daily Express Production Car Race on 26th August 1950 (presumably at Silverstone, photograph available). Accompanying correspondence lists a further seven owners between Mr Christie and the vendor, who purchased the car in 1990. We are advised that ‘W165’ subsequently underwent complete restoration in all respects with the exception of the gearbox, which was found to be fine, and has covered only 200-or-so miles since completion in 1993. Reported as driving beautifully and presented in excellent condition, the car is only offered for sale due to its owner’s ill health and comes with Swansea V5 registration document.

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1948 HRG 1500 Sports  Chassis no. W165 Engine no. C180Q133/52
1948 HRG 1500 Sports  Chassis no. W165 Engine no. C180Q133/52
1948 HRG 1500 Sports  Chassis no. W165 Engine no. C180Q133/52
1948 HRG 1500 Sports  Chassis no. W165 Engine no. C180Q133/52
1948 HRG 1500 Sports  Chassis no. W165 Engine no. C180Q133/52
1948 HRG 1500 Sports  Chassis no. W165 Engine no. C180Q133/52
1948 HRG 1500 Sports  Chassis no. W165 Engine no. C180Q133/52
1948 HRG 1500 Sports  Chassis no. W165 Engine no. C180Q133/52
1948 HRG 1500 Sports  Chassis no. W165 Engine no. C180Q133/52
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