The 1955 Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupe
Bonhams has announced recently that they will be holding an auction for classic cars at the 73rd Goodwood Members’ Meeting come March 2015. And leading the group of some 50 classic, touring and sports cars is the ever sought-after 1955 Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupe classic.
Metallic green with tan leather interior, the Frazer Nash Coupe is a unique marque with quite an interesting history.
It was originally ordered by Mrs. Kitty Maurice of the Castle Combe, Wiltshire, in April of 1955. In June that same year, it traveled to Le Mans as a support vehicle for the entries of the Archibald Frazer-Nash. The year after that, it was brought out to race in the 24 Hours, maneuvered by Bill Wilks and John Dashwood.
During that time, the car had been fitted disc front brakes and 3.5-1 rear axle which made it good to run up to 140mph at 6000rpm. However, unfortunately, the car was retired from then because of fading brakes.
There have been many period photos showing the car running alongside motoring legends such as the Porsche RSKs, the 250 TR and TdF and even the winning Aston Martin DBR1. And because there was another Le Mans Coupes that raced at the Mille Miglia, it’s safe to say that this car is just as eligible for Mille Miglia as well.
Classic Car Specifications
The 1955 Frazer Nash is powered by a 2.5-liter inline 6-cylinder BMW-Bristol 6 engine. Although topped with three carburetors, this classic car isn’t exactly fast nor is it powerful by today’s standards. The spindly headers it comes with already speaks enough about that. However, if you are a classic car enthusiast, it’s pretty certain you wouldn’t care as this is the gorgeous 1955 Le Mans Coupe, the classic with real racing pedigree.