There has always been a strong correlation between Frazer Nash and AC as described in John Bolster’s book called ‘Specials’, a book which features the car I offer to the market today under the heading Abbot Nash. Together with the car, is an extensive history file contained within 2 large boxes and a wonderful photograph album chronicling the car’s history from pre-war through to recent times.
Like many “specials” of the time, they constantly evolved as new mechanical knowledge was gained, along with changing fashion of coachwork from the mid 1920’s to the post war era. This 1926 Frazer Nash RHO458 is a case in point. In 1937, Peter Neale acquired this single seater FN. Peter quickly replaced the cast iron block sidevalve Anzani engine to an all alloy OHC 1991cc AC engine from a 1927 AC Acedes. With this, the AC-FN was born! It soon proved to be a very capable machine, in 1939 taking FTD at Shelsley Walsh, beating Fane to 2ndplace in his Works 328 BMW!
In 1945, the AC-FN was sold to Michael Christie. Michael made many adjustments to the car, along with the edition of an enveloping streamline alloy body built by Alexander Engineering. It is in this guise that the car is featured in John Bolster’s book.
In 1949, Jack Williamson became the next custodian. Jack competed at all the usual haunts, like Shelsley Walsh and Prescott. It was at Prescott that Jack had a major crash. The car wasn’t used again and languished until 1953 when the new owners, Messrs David Allen and Monty Vaughan, rebuilt the car as a two-seater and re-registering for the road. The Allen and Vaughan then had a very active competition career over the next 8 years, trophy hunting at VSCC race meetings along with various hillclimbs.
In 1961, the AC-FN was sold to John Kerridge in America. He rebuilt the car at least one more time and competed successfully all over North America’s best race tracks. John kept a fastidious paper record, making notes about each meeting - both good and bad. Following John’s death, the AC-FN returned to the UK in 2014 and was purchased by two friends.
The AC-FN was soon dispatched to James Baxter. It was noted that the car was very tired and needed a full nut and bolt rebuild. The only real option was to proceed with a clean sheet of paper.
So today we have a fast road/race prepared, with brand new Robin Woolmer cats paw AC engine with all the right goodies - new billet crank, modern style rods, new pistons, lightened fly wheel etc., plus all new high quality chains have been fitted and the car has been rewired. The homemade body, as styled in the 1950’s, was also replaced. The owners felt that the new coachwork should be instantly recognisable as a Frazer Nash, along with reflecting AC-FN’s historical coachwork. I personally feel Keith Hill fulfilled his brief to the letter. The pointy tail provides essential secure dry storage and features a removable boot floor to aid easy maintenance of the bevel-box and chain drive. In addition, the body has recently been sympathetically adjusted to provide an extra 4 inches of legroom, which undoubtedly adds to the car’s aesthetics and desirability. The original cats paw block is still with the car. A side mounted spare wheel is on order and will be provided in the sale.
A worthy edition to any collection or, even as a first step on the slippery slope of chain drive ownership. Equally at home nipping out for a pint of milk or IPA, or on a multi-day rally or race meeting. The car is offered absolutely on the button and ready to go.