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1948-1956 Frazer Nash

The 1948-1956 Frazer Nash was a hand-built British sports car of the old school, powered by the contemporary Bristol six-cylinder engine based on prewar BMW engineering. A variety of body styles from a closed coupe to a single-seat Formula 2 racer were available for the tubular ladder-style chassis featuring independent front suspension and a live rear axle. All bodies were made of aluminum.

Several engine tunes were also offered for the 1948-1956 Frazer Nash, with output ranging from 105 to 130 bhp. In fact, there was no such thing as a "standard" Frazer Nash, as the production total suggests, each one being made to special order. The best-known models were the cycle-fender High Speed/Le Mans Replicas.

Envelope-body cars included the colorfully named Mille Miglia, Targa Florio, Sebring, and Fast Tourer. They were costly when new despite minimal trim and equipment, mostly because of expensive, painstaking construction techniques. The 1948-1956 Frazer Nash was a thoroughbred driving machine all the way, with no concessions to comfort or modern engineering.

Pluses of the 1948-1956 Frazer Nash:
  • Excellent handling
  • High performance (up to 120 mph)
  • Very rare
  • Rustproof body

Minuses of the 1948-1956 Frazer Nash:
  • Supply restricted, to say the least
  • Very expensive to buy
  • Few outside UK
  • No body, chassis parts now
  • Expensive to restore and maintain

Production of the 1948-1956 Frazer Nash:

Specifications of the 1948-1956 Frazer Nash:
Wheelbase, inches: 96.0
Length, inches: 150.0 (variable with body)
Weight, pounds: 1,800-1,950
Price, new: NA

Engines for the 1948-1956 Frazer Nash:

ohv I-61971 cc (120 cid)
105-130 (net)1948-1956

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