1935 Frazer Nash 1½-Litre Norris Special Monoposto  Chassis no. 4629

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1935 Frazer Nash 1½-Litre Norris Special Monoposto
Registration no. AYD 307 Chassis no. 4629

Sold for £ 39,869 (US$ 48,762) inc. premium
1935 Frazer Nash 1½-Litre Norris Special Monoposto
Registration no. AYD 307
Chassis no. 4629

Footnotes

  • Brothers Frank and Jack Norris created two successful Alvis-engined Frazer Nash racing specials, one of which we are privileged to offer here. This particular car, the first of the pair, was built during or immediately after WW2 using the chassis of a 1935 Frazer Nash tourer and a 1½-litre four-cylinder Alvis overhead-camshaft engine that had started life in one of Coventry firm’s front-wheel drive models. This was, of course, installed ‘back to front’ in the chassis to connect with the Frazer Nash transmission and chain final drive. A Roots-type supercharger was optional on the Alvis road car and one was fitted to the Norris Special, the engine of which produced upwards of 75bhp courtesy of high-compression pistons and a large SU carburettor. An Alvis steering box and radiator were used together with FN brakes at the front, Morris Minor at the rear.
    The Norris brothers ran their special in sprints in the immediately post-war years, and in 1948 Frank won the VSCC’s 1500 Trophy for his performances that year, which included 3rd fastest time of the day at Prescott in August. In 1949 the Norris Special was acquired by one C W A Heyward, who would appear to have taken to the car immediately as he secured class wins at the VSCC’s meetings at Silverstone, Prescott and Luton Hoo before the end of the season and continued this good run of form into 1950. F B Williams was the Norris’ next owner (from 1952-1959) followed by Keith Moor (1959-61). The car was kept only briefly by its next owner, a man called Bethell, before passing circa 1961 into the ownership of one J Smart, a newspaper reporter, who paid £98 for it! Smart kept the car for the next ten years. Its next owner was John Warden, who raced the by now much-modified Norris Special in Vintage speed events with some success, winning the FN 50th Anniversary Cup in 1975. In February 1979 the Mk1 Norris Special passed into the ownership of FN enthusiast, Ian Stirling, who successfully raced and hill climbed the car until his death in 2006. The car was then bought from Mr Stirling’s estate by his nephew and is now for sale.
    Restored in 2005 and last raced in 2007, this historic racing special is presented in very good condition throughout, running very well and ready to resume its illustrious competition career. The car is offered with old-style logbook (issued 1937), sundry restoration invoices, Swansea V5 registration document and VSCC Eligibility Document.
1935 Frazer Nash 1½-Litre Norris Special Monoposto  Chassis no. 4629
1935 Frazer Nash 1½-Litre Norris Special Monoposto  Chassis no. 4629
1935 Frazer Nash 1½-Litre Norris Special Monoposto  Chassis no. 4629
1935 Frazer Nash 1½-Litre Norris Special Monoposto  Chassis no. 4629
1935 Frazer Nash 1½-Litre Norris Special Monoposto  Chassis no. 4629
1935 Frazer Nash 1½-Litre Norris Special Monoposto  Chassis no. 4629
1935 Frazer Nash 1½-Litre Norris Special Monoposto  Chassis no. 4629
1935 Frazer Nash 1½-Litre Norris Special Monoposto  Chassis no. 4629
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