1953 HRG 1500 Roadster s/n C1349S, Engine no. see photo Blue with Cream Leather In 1935 Brooklands race car drivers Henry Godfrey (a car designer), Guy Robins, and Edward Halford (an accomplished mechanic and veteran WW1 pilot) embarked on a partnership to build the first HRG racecar. Their approach was simple: build a “gentleman’s racer” capable of spirited performance without compromising daily reliability. Within a year of setting up shop in England, the trio had developed a 1500 lb car with excellent handling and performance, relying on parts of their own design and specialized components from top tier suppliers. The British Motorsports press so favored the “1500” that HRG set up shop outside of London, assembling and selling roughly 25 cars prior to the war. In 1946, HRG returned to manufacturing cars, bolstered by refined manufacturing skills acquired while producing airplane parts during the war. With new investors and keen interest in building full body envelope designs, HRG built an all-new design, delivering 30 examples by 1948. But it was the 1500 that continued to win the hearts of enthusiasts. On the track, the HRG 1500 proved itself a formidable contender, posting win
- One of only around 111 HRG 1500's made between 1939 and 1956 and boasting known history from new - Believed to have been Works prepared for the 1949 Alpine Rally and period competition history at Goodwood and Silverstone - Reported to have had just six owners from new with the vendor having purchased the car in 1984 as a restoration project Rarity and provenance are attributes that many owners would love their vintage and classic cars to have. This HRG 1500 can boast both, and the vendor has kindly carried out a lot of research into the history of his car, efforts all of us now and in the future will be grateful for. According to a letter to the vendor from Ian Dussek of the HRG Association, this HRG left the factory on November 11th 1948 as a standard 1500 with a body by Automarine, painted in green with a green leather interior. Mr Dussek states that the HRG was entered into the 1949 Alpine Rally and it is believed to have been Works prepared for the event at the request of first owner John Roberts, of London SW7. Apparently the weather that year was terrible which resulted in Mr Roberts' retirement (along with many others) on the first day. Believed indications of Works prepar
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.