1934 Frazer Nash TT Replica

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1934
  • Chassis number 
    2109
  • Lot number 
    104
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other

Description

1934 Frazer Nash TT Replica
Coachwork by AFN Ltd
Registration no. AMT 411
Chassis no. 2109

In the current enthusiast ownership for over 55 years, 'AMT 411' is listed in David Thirlby's authoritative work, 'The Chain-drive Frazer Nash'. The car was delivered on 13th February 1934 to Hugh Hunter, a well-known Brooklands competitor who owned and raced a 2.9-litre Alfa Romeo, a single-seater Alta, and a BMW 328. This is worth mentioning since it reflects the quality of the Nash in so far as showing that a man that could afford the best bought one.

Hunter specified various 'extras' for his car, which was delivered with the 1,500cc six-cylinder Blackburne engine. 'AMT 411' was featured in The Autocar magazine (23rd March 1934 edition, copy article on file), being described as of striking appearance, "chiefly because of its uncommon colour scheme, which is golden brown with cherry-red upholstery". The Autocar noted the following interesting features: Elektron cooling ribs to the brake drums; large Bosch headlamps and spotlights; Scintilla Vertex magneto ignition; an additional (emergency) hand-operated fuel feed system; a Burgess silencer; and adjustable hydraulic shock absorbers at the rear. A photograph on file shows Hunter at the wheel of 'AMT 411', which is adorned with an impressive array of club badges. Hunter drove and enjoyed the 'Nash for many years, including using it for European tours with his family. Photographs on file show 'AMT 411' in Ypres, Belgium and in London.

In 1948 Hunter sold the 'Nash to R J C Waterlow, who kept it until 1955. In his ownership the original Blackburne engine was removed and a V8 of unknown origin fitted in its place. 'AMT 411' passed through the hands of Ron Truscott, E J Humby, Stevenson and Lovell and at some time between 1955 - 1965 the car was fitted with the current correct-type Meadows 4ED engine. The recently deceased owned, Ian Trainer, bought the 'Nash in the early 1960s. A wonderful scrapbook accompanies the car, a truly fantastic piece of Frazer Nash history recording Mr Trainer's exploits with the 'Nash from 1965 to 2004. This includes photographs of the 1967 restoration that he undertook himself together with those taken at the many VSCC events in which it competed and the famous 1969 Frazer Nash Car Club Raid to Bolzano in the Dolomites. Trainer used the 'Nash extensively in England and Europe much like Hunter. Competition trips included the infamous Nordschleife circuit; the Dutch International hill climb at Vaals; and competition amongst 'Nash men up the Stelvio pass. A rather apt photograph from Silverstone in April 1968 shows the 'Nash overtaking a blown Bugatti Type 55 - both legends of the road, although that day the 'Nash won.

Having been off the road for at least the last 10 years, 'AMT 411' has recently been re-commissioned by marque specialists Blakeney Motorsport. A replacement magneto has been fitted and a full fluid service, check over and set-up carried out. The car is now running and driving well although the clutch is almost worn out; it would also be advisable to fit new wheels and tyres plus rewire the car as the electrical cables are those installed in 1967.

We offer for auction 'AMT 411' for the first time in over half a century by the executers of the late Ian Trainer. Other than the aforementioned scrap book there is no other paperwork included in the sale. A replacement V5C Registration Certificate has been applied for. The Automobile magazine will be publishing a road-test article on the car in their March 2021 edition. A copy will be included for the fortunate new custodian.

Rarely do so such correct Frazer Nash TT Replicas come to the market. 'AMT 411' - a real gem.

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