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1930-1939 Frazer Nash Chain-Drive Models


The Frazer Nash marque grew out of the GN design, and was always related in philosophy to the HRG. FN's claims to fame were a simple chassis with a cart-spring suspension and chain-drive (one chain for each gear) transmission. They were characterized by stark vintage-style bodies with cycle-type fenders that gave them an uncompromisingly sporty nature.

1930-1939 Frazer chain-drive roadster, a prewar British car
1930-1939 Frazer chain-drive roadster.  See more pictures of Frazer cars.

Traction for these cars (with no differential) was remarkable, as was the animal-like handling response, but creature comforts and accommodation were nearly non-existent. Maximum speeds ranged from 70 to 90 mph depending on engine and coachwork.

Over the years, a variety of 11/2-liter four- and six-cylinder engines were used. The specifications below are for the popular Meadows-engine TT (Tourist Trophy) Replica model.

Pluses of the 1930-1939 Frazer Nash Chain-Drive Models:
  • Prewar Brit sports car appeal
  • Handling
  • Rugged durability
  • Active (UK) club
  • Simple to rebuild
  • CCCA Classic status for some upon application

Minuses of the 1930-1939 Frazer Nash Chain-Drive Models:
  • Poor weather protection
  • Frail transmission (but easy to repair)
  • Very hard suspension
  • Cramped interiors
  • Not well known in the U.S.

Production of the 1930-1939 Frazer Nash Chain-Drive Models:
350

Specifications of the 1930-1939 Frazer Nash Chain-Drive Models:
Wheelbase, inches: 102.0
Length, inches: 150.0
Weight, pounds: 1,800
Price, new: NA

Engines for the 1930-1939 Frazer Nash Chain-Drive Models:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
ohv I-41496 cc (91 cid)
62 (gross)1931-1939

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