This ex. Bill Roberts Le Mans Replica, chassis number 421/200/210, was originally bodied as a fixed head coupe by Dr. Barnet Stungo in 1964. He used it as his everyday car up until his death in 1976 when the car was purchased by well known Frazer Nash expert and Club stalwart Bill Roberts. He converted the body to Mk. II Le Mans Replica style, using an original body from a car that he was restoring as a template, and went on to compete in the car all over Europe for the next 30 years or so. In 2012 the car was sold to its last owner who immediately commissioned Blakeney Motorsport to carry out a cost no object rebuild and all of the related invoices are on file illustrating the vast amounts spent to prepare the car to the highest standards. It subsequently had only one outing, in the Peter Collins Trophy at the Goodwood Members meeting, where Patrick Blakeney Edwards drove the car to 7th overall and was by far the quickest Frazer Nash.
Factory records confirm that this car, chassis no. 1009, left the factory as a Speed model carrying Vanden Plas open 4 seater coachwork, body no. 1125, and with engine no. 1007. The first owner, C.L. Warwick of Hadley Wood, owned the car for only a short time before it passed to C.A. Cuthbert in Guildford who had the car maintained at the Cricklewood Works until he sold it in 1927 to a Mr. Sutton in Newcastle upon Tyne. Post-war, the car was owned by Squadron Leader Baron who kept it until 1949 before it was owned respectively by K.Hadley, J. Edmondson, W.F. Crosland and P. Patchett, taking us up to 1965 at which point it was purchased by the Simons family in Chippenham who retained the car for around 20 years. During their ownership the car received a comprehensive rebuild by marque specialists Elmdown Engineering, encompassing both mechanical and cosmetic restoration. The last owner purchased the car over 30 years ago before emigrating to the USA to take up a high level engineering position in a multinational company. During his enthusiastic ownership he carried out exhaustive research into this car’s history, compiling a huge amount of documentation into three large ring binders
This wonderful, original Super specification 356 has spent its whole life in California and more recently Nevada. As confirmed by the Factory Certificate of Authenticity, it was delivered new in its current colour combination of black paintwork with black interior trim, a rare combination at the time. It was also fitted with the chrome wheel option from new. Correct Hella spotlights adorn the nose of the car whilst the interior boasts original headrests and a Nardi wood-rimmed steering wheel The car is in beautiful condition throughout and retains its original floorpans which are in excellent order. The interior was re-trimmed several years ago by acknowledged specialists Autos International in California whilst the engine is a high performance unit assembled by renowned Porsche engine builder Alan Klingen of 'The Stable'. The car's original numbers matching crankcase accompanies the car and the matching gearbox was recently rebuilt by Vic Skirmants. The original toolkit and driver's manual are included along with a small quantity of spares and original parts.
Delivered to its first owner, Mr. Clarke, in March 1947, this HRG 1100 was used extensively by its first two owners for hillclimb, sprint and trials competition in the UK. The original sales paperwork from Charles Follett remains in the history file along with numerous photographs of the car throughout its life. The car went to the USA in 1964 and remained in the hands of one family there until fairly recently. Following a restoration carried out not long after it arrived in California, the car was successful in concours events throughout the 1960's. HRG's are currently enjoying a period of recognition as people begin to appreciate the wide variety of events for which they are ideally suited and it is rare to find an example with such an interesting and well documented history.
One of only 600 T6 cabriolets built in 1961 for the ‘62 model year. The last owner is a well-known Californian Porsche enthusiast with a large collection, including many 4-cam models, and a museum of rare automobilia. The car is accompanied by a history file which documents the work carried out on the car for the last owner with a thick wad of invoices amounting to over £16,000 together with photographs of the restoration. Jobs included paintwork, all new trim and hood, and detail work on the underside. Finished in Signal Red with black leather trim, matching square-weave carpet and new black hood and hood bag. The car is fitted with the desirable options of chrome wheels, period Blaupunkt ‘Highway Hi-Fi’ radio plus a very rare and valuable Les Leston wood rimmed steering wheel. The car is UK registered and comes complete with owner’s handbook, original-style toolkit and jack.
The factory Kardex which accompanies this fabulous 356 coupe confirms that is a genuine SC model which retains its original engine and is still finished in its original colour scheme of Dolphin Grey with blue trim, including headrests. The letter from Porsche that accompanies the Kardex, dated 1988, mentions that the then owner, a USAF Major from Ohio, was in the process of restoring the car to original condition. For the last few years the car has resided in California and remains in immaculate condition throughout, driving superbly as one would expect from the ultimate incarnation of the non-Carrera 356's, fitted as it is with the 95bhp engine option and disc brakes front and rear.
In 1961 Karmann developed a new variant of the 356; the Hardtop, more commonly referred to today as the 'Notchback'. Early cars featured a cabriolet body with the hardtop simply welded in to place but the later T6 cars were a properly engineered design with a fully integrated body shell. This is one such T6, one of only 699 built in 1961 and 1962. It spent its life in the dry states of the USA before coming to the UK where it is now MoT'd and registered. Beautifully finished in the period colour of Aetna Blue with contrasting dark blue roof and matching interior trim.