Auto auctions are known to be a hit and miss endeavor. This is what you would call a direct hit. As far as vintage race cars go, the 1955 Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupe still looks like it could make some laps. This racer performed at Le Mans in 1959 and it also raced at Goodwood in 1960. The fierce old school green exterior paint gives it a distinguished and quick look.
The Le Mans Coupe is powered by a BMW-Bristol 6 2.5-liter inline six-cylinder engine and topped with triple carburetors. The Le Mans Coupe sits on wire wheels with vintage Englebert tires. The Coupe has Perspex windows and the body looks to be in great shape. There is no visible corrosion and has pretty straight and rigid panels. Some of the chrome is a bit old, but still has a pleasant appearance. The racer also has quick release fuel filler. The Cibie headlamps are gorgeous and the lights and lenses are in excellent condition.
The interior is, of course, a bit dated. The leather is a bit worn out, however the gauges are still in nice shape. The car appears to be in great condition, having been used in such recent events such as the Tour Auto and the Colorado Grand in 2009 and 2010. It received quite a bit of work in the late 1990s, such as the installation of an overdrive gearbox and new paint. After the 2010 Colorado Grand, it has been given regular maintenance and an overhauled braking system, new shock absorbers, suspension setup and adjustments.
The 1955 Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupe is listed at $650,000 on Fantasy Junction. Photos courtesy of fantasyjunction.com