1935 Frazer Nash 2.0-Litre TT Replica  Chassis no. 9371022

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1935 Frazer Nash 2.0-Litre TT Replica
Coachwork by Frank Higgins, Cumbria Registration no. HTU 255 Chassis no. 9371022

Sold for £ 105,660 (US$ 142,522) inc. premium
1935 Frazer Nash 2.0-Litre TT Replica
Coachwork by Frank Higgins, Cumbria

Registration no. HTU 255
Chassis no. 9371022
*Powerful pre-war BMW six-cylinder engine
*Restored in the 1990s
*Extensively campaigned in VSCC events

Footnotes

  • The Frazer Nash was the direct descendant of the GN cycle car, a twin-cylinder, chain driven vehicle produced until 1922 by the partnership of Captain Archie Frazer-Nash and H R Godfrey. Archie Frazer-Nash then formed a new company and in 1924 the first Frazer Nash appeared. In 1928 Captain Frazer-Nash left the company, which then came under the control of H J and W H Aldington. Between 1924 and 1954, when production effectively ceased, approximately 450 Frazer Nash cars were produced, of which 350 were pre-war 'chain gang' models. Of these, 85 had the most popular TT Replica style of bodywork, which was offered between March 1932 and 1939. The TT Replica was based on the cars that contested the 1931 Tourist Trophy Race, though none of the three cars entered actually finished the event. In 1932 the cars fared better, one finishing 2nd in class.

    Frazer Nash used a number of different proprietary engines, the TT Replica being fitted with the 1½-litre, four-cylinder, overhead-valve Meadows engine; the 1,660cc six-cylinder, twin-overhead-camshaft Blackburne engine; and the 1½-litre, four-cylinder, single-overhead-camshaft Gough engine. However, it should be noted that the factory undertook the manufacture of individual cars to order and various combinations of engine and chassis were produced. Although the chain drive is highly unusual, for a motor car of the period, a chain is more efficient than almost any other form of power transmission and the Frazer Nash system was one of the best. References at the time to 'smoking or red-hot chains lying on the road' after the rare breakage were mistaken. The reason they were handled with care was because they were dirty, and many chains lasted over 40,000 miles. With their unique form of drive, Frazer Nashes oversteered dramatically under power and it was said at the time that 'Frazer Nashes never go round corners, they merely change direction.'

    While the TT Replica was sold as an all-round performer, it did not achieve significant success in major circuit races. The model's record in the International Alpine Trials of 1932, 1933 and 1934 is, however, outstanding and equalled by few makes, no doubt due in part to its ability to negotiate the tight Alpine passes under full power. In the 1932 event two cars were entered and lost no marks, while in 1933 a TT Replica was the only car entered not to lose marks. In 1934, four of the team of six cars were un-penalised.

    'HTU 255' is believed to incorporate an original Frazer Nash/GN chassis, as per the VSCC 'Buff Form' dated March 2016. The car is registered with the DVLA as a 1946 GN, presumably registered immediately after WW2. Its history is not known until Len Hodgson sold the chassis in 1980 to Frazer Nash enthusiast Jan Burlinski, who built up the car with an original Frazer Nash front axle, bevel box, and rear axle, and a Meadows engine. Bodied by Frank Higgins and painted blue, 'HTU 255' was used in VSCC competitions and the Nash Section's 'Bolzano Raid' in 1989. Mr Burlinski then removed the Meadows engine and sold the car to historic racer Geraint Owen, who installed the six-cylinder engine from a BMW 315. This engine has been bored out to 1,971cc and fitted with a modern spin-off oil filter.

    The car was then restored again and repainted black. For safety reasons, a new 'Club' front axle was installed (original retained) and new suspension springs and wheels fitted. The Frazer Nash was then actively campaigned again in VSCC competitions, being raced by both Geraint Owen and his wife, Charlotte. Having successfully completed the 2009 'Bolzano Raid', the car was sold to Richard Myers of York, who used it sparingly for some two years before selling it to the enthusiast vendor in 2011. While in his ownership, 'HTU 255' has competed at Silverstone, driven by the vendor's son and daughter. In addition to general servicing, works carried out during the last five years include carpeting the interior, rebuilding the starter motor, relining the brakes, and fitting new Blockley tyres. The car has also been set up and rolling-road tuned by Ian Nuthall Racing.

    Offered with the aforementioned 'Buff Form' (Special), sundry invoices, and a V5C Registration Certificate, 'HTU 255' is ready to enjoy and is only offered for sale due to a lack of use.
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1935 Frazer Nash 2.0-Litre TT Replica  Chassis no. 9371022
1935 Frazer Nash 2.0-Litre TT Replica  Chassis no. 9371022
1935 Frazer Nash 2.0-Litre TT Replica  Chassis no. 9371022
1935 Frazer Nash 2.0-Litre TT Replica  Chassis no. 9371022
1935 Frazer Nash 2.0-Litre TT Replica  Chassis no. 9371022
1935 Frazer Nash 2.0-Litre TT Replica  Chassis no. 9371022
1935 Frazer Nash 2.0-Litre TT Replica  Chassis no. 9371022
1935 Frazer Nash 2.0-Litre TT Replica  Chassis no. 9371022
1935 Frazer Nash 2.0-Litre TT Replica  Chassis no. 9371022
1935 Frazer Nash 2.0-Litre TT Replica  Chassis no. 9371022
1935 Frazer Nash 2.0-Litre TT Replica  Chassis no. 9371022
1935 Frazer Nash 2.0-Litre TT Replica  Chassis no. 9371022
1935 Frazer Nash 2.0-Litre TT Replica  Chassis no. 9371022
1935 Frazer Nash 2.0-Litre TT Replica  Chassis no. 9371022
1935 Frazer Nash 2.0-Litre TT Replica  Chassis no. 9371022
1935 Frazer Nash 2.0-Litre TT Replica  Chassis no. 9371022
1935 Frazer Nash 2.0-Litre TT Replica  Chassis no. 9371022
1935 Frazer Nash 2.0-Litre TT Replica  Chassis no. 9371022
1935 Frazer Nash 2.0-Litre TT Replica  Chassis no. 9371022
1935 Frazer Nash 2.0-Litre TT Replica  Chassis no. 9371022
1935 Frazer Nash 2.0-Litre TT Replica  Chassis no. 9371022
1935 Frazer Nash 2.0-Litre TT Replica  Chassis no. 9371022
1935 Frazer Nash 2.0-Litre TT Replica  Chassis no. 9371022
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