1938 / 46 HRG 1100 Sports  Chassis no. S59 Engine no. 2137H

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Lot 27
1938 / 46 HRG 1100 Sports
Registration no. 384 UXO Chassis no. S59 Engine no. 2137H

£ 58,000 - 66,000
US$ 80,000 - 91,000
1938 / 46 HRG 1100 Sports
Registration no. 384 UXO
Chassis no. S59
Engine no. 2137H

*One of 49 produced
*Eligible for 'pre-war' VSCC events
*Restored in the early 2000s
*14,500 miles since restoration

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 (approximately 727kgs) meant that 50mph came up in under 10 seconds with 90mph achievable under favourable conditions, an excellent performance for a 1½-litre car of the period. Known to owners and enthusiasts as 'Hurgs', HRGs embodied the principal virtues of the ideal sports car, being amenable to daily use yet capable of showing a decent turn of speed in weekend competitions: the 'Holy Grail' of the gentleman driver.

    With the Meadows at the end of its development, an alternative was needed and the firm turned to Singer, adopting tuned versions of the overhead-camshaft Singer engine for the 1½-Litre and a new model: the 1100. Constructed along lines almost identical to those of its larger sibling, the 1100 debuted in 1938 and is considered the most tuneable and nimble of all Hurgs. Just eight had been constructed by the end of 1939 and a further 41 were made in the post-war period up to 1950, making the HRG 1100 one of the most exclusive of all English sporting thoroughbreds.

    This rare example of the 1100 in standard form was built at HRG's Tolworth factory and first registered in 1946, though using pre-war components as verified in 2004 by renowned HRG expert, Ian Dussek. Immediately after registration the car was exported as part of a trade mission headed by Lord Selsdon (of Lagonda fame) to Uruguay where it was raced and rallied until the mid 1980s. It found its way back to Europe in the late 1980s and reached the UK by the mid 1990s in a poor state and without its chassis plate.
    By the early 2000s the HRG was undergoing a total restoration, largely by marque specialists, as evidenced by the related bills and invoices on file. By 2004 the car had been issued with a new, age-related registration and V5C document by the DVLA. Mr Dussek supplied build sheet serial numbers for the original major components.

    The original frost-damaged Singer engine block (number '7680H') has been replaced but comes with the car, while the ENV rear axle ('HRG39') is original and in good condition. The HRG Club's own Provenance Committee inspected the car in January 2015 and subsequently reissued the original chassis plate ('S59'). It was acknowledged during inspection that the gearbox was of the post-war six-stud type. As the original gearbox ('A4084H') was not available, though its location is known, the vendor has installed a freshly rebuilt pre-war (1938) four-stud 'box, identical to the original (photographs on file). This gearbox complies with VSCC requirements recently received, should a new owner wish to obtain a Buff Form in order to compete in pre-war events. The VSCC has been notified of the change.

    'S59' was accepted by the VSCC as a pre-war car in 2010 when the then owner was issued with a Buff Form, and a further Buff Form was granted to the current owner in January 2015. Interestingly, 'S57', which was the last 1100 completed before hostilities began in 1939, is virtually identical in every respect apart from its blue colour scheme. A useable and nimble car that has covered relatively few miles since restoration by marque specialists, 'S59' is freshly MoT'd and comes with six files of history, the original manual fan, and full weather equipment including side-screens.
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1938 / 46 HRG 1100 Sports  Chassis no. S59 Engine no. 2137H
1938 / 46 HRG 1100 Sports  Chassis no. S59 Engine no. 2137H
1938 / 46 HRG 1100 Sports  Chassis no. S59 Engine no. 2137H
1938 / 46 HRG 1100 Sports  Chassis no. S59 Engine no. 2137H
1938 / 46 HRG 1100 Sports  Chassis no. S59 Engine no. 2137H
1938 / 46 HRG 1100 Sports  Chassis no. S59 Engine no. 2137H
1938 / 46 HRG 1100 Sports  Chassis no. S59 Engine no. 2137H
1938 / 46 HRG 1100 Sports  Chassis no. S59 Engine no. 2137H
1938 / 46 HRG 1100 Sports  Chassis no. S59 Engine no. 2137H
1938 / 46 HRG 1100 Sports  Chassis no. S59 Engine no. 2137H
1938 / 46 HRG 1100 Sports  Chassis no. S59 Engine no. 2137H
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