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1925 Frazer Nash Anzani Supersports
Registration No. VE 9608
Chassis No. 1301
Engine No. 1013X
By the mid 1920s Archie Frazer-Nash had moved on from his GN days and was now producing, in small numbers, most successful chain-drive cars from his factory in Kingston upon Thames. The range included touring models to single seat racers, but the Supersports, especially with a polished aluminium body and Anzani engine was probably the most desirable and useable of the models. The cars were invariably very handsome with delicate slim and sporting lines but were at the same time immensely tough, and their high power to weight ratio and sharp handling contributed to their all round success. They soon attracted a most influential and partisan group of enthusiastic owners, and this tradition remains to the present day.
This extremely pretty Supersports 2 seater was thought to have been assembled in the mid 1960s by Lionel Stretton and Ron Footit who had founded Cleobury Garages with Mark Joseland to rebuild their own cars and fettle Frazer Nashes in general. Using entirely correct and mostly original parts which were readily available at the time, a period Anzani engine and 3-speed transmission were incorporated and a quality coachbuilt sporting 2 seater body was constructed. Later the car took part in the 1973 Frazer Nash commemorative 1000 miles in 24 hours endurance run, finishing without trouble and with time in hand. The Nash was then exported to Canada where it remained until the late 1980s, when it returned to London and was sold to a consummate enthusiast in Northern Ireland. The current 1925 registration number was allocated in 1990 after a close inspection of the car and consultation with the authorities.
This very sporting Frazer Nash then embarked on a rigorous campaign of competition and development including an engine rebuild by Ian Lock using new Phoenix crank and rods, bills for which are available for inspection with the car. A note included in the considerable archive celebrates a successful ascent of Drumhouse in 1995, and by 2005 the sporting ability of the car and its owner culminated in overall victory in the VSCC Lakeland Trial, and the successful completion of the Frazer Nash Bolzano Raid in 2009.
This is a very successful competition mount, which has a long and distinguished career over the last 40 years and has of course VSCC accreditation with a buff form, held since it originally lived in Northern Ireland, and recently renewed by its current owner.
Altogether a very strong and reliable car, but also with an exceptionally handsome and delicate polished aluminium pointed-tail 2 seater body, complete with flowing alloy wings, a very correct and well stocked dashboard, with superb buttoned leather seats in deep claret red to match the wheels. A fine set of nickel plated CAV headlamps, bullseye sidelights and vee windscreen complete the period ensemble. This is a fast and usable road car, and a potent competition car with a long and distinguished history, with a current MoT certificate, in wonderful condition all round and entirely ready to go to work.