1950 Frazer Nash le Mans Rep by Crosthwaite & Gardiner 
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The 1950’s was the Golden ear for small motoring manufacturer with racing pedegree, HWM, Lister, Tojiero and Frazer Nash were amongst the most famous of the era. The Frazer Nash utilised a Bristol 100 series engine, simple chassis and lightweight aluminium body which would achieve great success in both circuit racing and rallying, as well as being considered amongst the best handling road cars of the 1950’s. With only 85 cars being made in total between 1950 and 1953, these cars are highly collectable and sought after.

In the 1970’s engineering specialists Crosthwaite & Gardiner built up a number of tool room copies. Crosthwaite & Gardiner are highly respected race car component supplier and manufacturer of parts as well as tool room copies. Notable projects include tool room recreations of Mercedes Benz W154 Silver Arrows for Daimler Benz and complete V16 cylinder Auto Union D Types.

It is thought that C & G built between 6 and 8 chassis were built in total. According to Dick Crosthwaite It all began when Stephen Curtis entrusted C & G to rebuild and rebody FN9. FN9 had a hard life and had been substantially modified, chassis work was entrusted to C & G while the body was replicated by Peels of Surbiton. Crosthwaite and Gardiner would borrow FN Le Mans rep FN158 owned by Martin Morris for reference purposes.

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as of 12/2/2020

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Car 1950 Frazer Nash le Mans Rep by Crosthwaite & Gardiner
Exterior / Interior Color      Green /      Green 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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Known History

While Crosthwaite and Gardiner had access to these cars they thought it would be a good idea to build some tool room copies, one for themselves and for anybody who may have an interest in one. C & G built the chassis and the bodies were made by Peels of Surbiton, whilst engine and gearboxes came from donor Bristol cars of the 1950’s era.

 

This particular car has a very interesting history, out of all the cars built by C&G, this car probably has the most pure history being owned from new by one custodian. It has sat in an eclectic collection amongst an original Le Mans reps and a TT Rep. The car has covered very few miles from new with MOT’s on file showing the current mileage is correct of c.600. Most recently the car has benefitted from a service and has been set up for road motoring. It is very rare not only to find a very accurate tool room copy but also a car that was purchased directly from C & G. With original Frazer Nash Le Mans replica’s approaching £700,000. This C & G car is a perfect candidate for great motoring at a fraction of the cost.

 

In recent telephone conversation with Dick Crosthwaite, he remembers the owner buying this car and he is very happy to talk to any interested party about the car.