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1952 Frazer Nash Le Mans Replica ‘Replica’ by Werner Oswald.

The Frazer Nash story is a fascinating one. Founded in 1922 by Archibald Frazer-Nash, the company (Frazer Nash Limited and later AFN Limited) manufactured circa 400 cars between 1924 and 1939. The company was highly regarded in period for building very unique sporting cars and the ‘chain driven’ Frazer Nash’s developed quite a cult following.

Interestingly in 1934 the company then became the importers (and assemblers) for BMW cars in the UK and the cars were sold as Frazer Nash – BMW’s. This lasted until the outbreak of the war in 1939 and it wasn’t until 1948 that Frazer Nash was again making cars. They introduced a car named the Frazer Nash High Speed or Competition, which was first shown at the Earls Court Motor Show in 1948. The Aldington Family, who were the owners of Frazer Nash always believed in racing their cars to demonstrate their performance and reliability. This fact coupled with what motor cycle racer Norman Culpan saw at the Earls Court Motor Show in 1948, convinced him to order a car to be built which he would race at Le Mans in 1949. HJ Aldington was to be his co-driver and with AFN employees as his pit crew he took on all comers at the great race. The car ran fabulously and Culpan & Aldington finished third overall behind a Ferrari 166M driven by Luigi Chinetti and Peter Mitchell-Thomson and a Delage D6S-3L driven by Henri Louveau & Juan Jover. What makes the story more amazing is that Culpan, being a privateer, actually drove his car from his home in Yorkshire to Le Mans and back!

This race was to be the making of Frazer Nash at that time and they immediately renamed the Frazer Nash High Speed or Competition as Frazer Nash Le Mans Replica. This success generated significant interest in their cars and they were sold as both road and race cars with some 85 cars built between 1948 and 1957.

It is understood that Werner Oswald acquired the business name ‘Frazer Nash Cars Limited’ in about 1990 and commenced the manufacture of what is now referred to as Frazer Nash Replica ’replicas’. The manufacture of ‘continuation cars’ or ‘recreations’ was a real fad of the 1980’s / early 1990’s with cars such as the Autokraft Cobra proving popular. Whilst there was significant interest in the Frazer Nash’s it is understood that only eleven Frazer Nash Replica ‘replicas’ were built by Werner Oswald in the early 1990’s.

Oldtimer Australia is delighted to offer one of the Frazer Nash Replica ‘replicas’ by Werner Oswald. According to the records this particular car is designated as WOK 8 and it was acquired new by Neville Webb who was very well known in Australian motoring circles as a restorer of marques such as Bentley, Alvis, Sunbeam and Lea Francis. Neville never completed the car and it passed to its current owner in 2005 who had to have the car painted and trimmed which was completed in quick time. The current owner has enjoyed the car since and has decided it is time for a new project and he has invited Oldtimer Australia to bring the car to market.

Finished in a shade of British racing green with a matching green leather interior the car presents fabulously today. The paintwork, chrome, trim and the wheels are all in excellent condition as is the interior of the car. It’s what’s under the bonnet that makes this car really something. Powered by the iconic 6 cylinder 1971 cc Bristol BS1A engine with triple Solex carburettors it is a stunning engine bay. Fire her up and woahhhh what a noise! This car is an absolute delight to drive and it provides the ultimate ‘seat of the pants’ open-top sports car adrenalin rush.

Price: $179,950.
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