THE FRAZER NASH ARCHIVES

Preserving, Extending and Promoting the History of the Frazer Nash Marque.

(Registered Charity Number 1072918)

ABOUT THE FRAZER NASH ARCHIVES

Fitting a new piston to the Akela engine during the 1922 200 Mile Race at Brooklands
Frazer Nash BMW 319.
Stirling Moss in a Le Mans Replica.

The Frazer Nash Archives at Henley-on-Thames was founded by John Aldington to preserve and promote the history of the Frazer Nash marque, spanning the period between 1910, when the first GN was constructed, until 1957, when the last post-war Frazer Nash design was produced. The Archives also covers the association between Frazer Nash and BMW and the influence of BMW design on the post-war Frazer Nash models.

HISTORY OF FRAZER NASH

OVERVIEW

From the early 1920s until the mid-1950s, Frazer Nash was the epitome of a classic British sports car that many young men aspired to own.

The story begins way before that, however, in 1906-7, when Archibald Goodman Frazer-Nash met Harold Ronald Godfrey when they were engineering students at Finsbury College.

In this section you will find information about the People, Cars, Companies and Competitions that came to give this iconic line of sports car their legendary status.

Videos

Settle down with a cup of coffee or glass of wine and enjoy the following videos.

This first is a recording of a lecture given by Archives Trustee James Trigwell to a group of Frazer Nash-BMW owners and members of the public in 2014 during our exhibition at the Rivers and Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames: http://bmwhistoricmotorclub.co.uk/frazer-nash-the-bmw-connection/

Next is a documentary film made by Oliver Roblin and Bjorn Storstein. This was filmed at the Frazer Nash Archives and also on location at Coldharbour Farm and at Castle Combe. This film not only gives a brief overview of the marque's history, but also goes some way to explain the fascination of owning a GN, Frazer Nash or FN-BMW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EISAuRRIWx4&t=88s

Cars
If you have a keen interest in the many models of car that Frazer Nash produced, or if you’re looking for some detailed specifications of Frazer Nash car models, click on “Cars” to see timelines of Frazer Nash’s production throughout the 20th century as well as pictures and short articles about them.

People
Inspiring people build inspiring things. To learn more about the inspirational designers, engineers and visionaries that pooled their skills and expertise to produce Frazer Nash cars, click on “Personalities”. You’ll be taken to short biographies of some of the most influential people in Frazer Nash’s history that outline how they contributed to this historic series of vehicles.

Companies and Competitions
For a broader view of Frazer Nash, and the various companies that produced Frazer Nash models throughout the 20th Century, click on “Companies”. This will take you to a timeline and overview of the various trading names of Frazer Nash and how they evolved into one another over the last century.

THE FRAZER NASH ARCHIVES COLLECTION

We hold the official collection of documents, photographs and items relating to the history of the Frazer Nash marque. Work is ongoing with the indexing, scanning and collating of the many thousands of items that are held. Contact the Archives to find out more about the cars, the people involved, related topics and the history of the Company.

The Collection covers the following areas:

  • Personalities
    • Archie Frazer Nash
    • Ron Godfrey
    • The Aldington Family
    • Fane
    • Fritz Fiedler
    • Denis Jenkinson
  • Cars
    • GN
    • Frazer Nash (chain driven and post-war)
    • Frazer Nash-BMW (315 to 335)
    • Bristol
    • Frazer Nash Bristol
    • Invicta (Black Prince)
    • Invacar (invalid carriages)
    • DKW
    • BMW (309-332, 501-507, 700, Isetta)
    • Porsche (356, 924, early 911)
  • Motor Cycles
    • BMW (R51, Steib sidecar)
    • DKW (Hobby scooter)
    • Manurhin (Hobby scooter)
  • Aircraft
    • Messerschmitt Taifun
  • Industrial Vehicles
    • Porsche tractors
    • Steib trailers

THE FRAZER NASH ARCHIVES NEWS

The Frazer Nash Archives actively works to promote this history of the Frazer Nash and GN cars.  The latest news and announcements about our activities and collections can be found here.

OPEN DAY REPORT

23/09/17

A number of Frazer Nash enthusiasts visited the Archives for the annual Open Day on August 13th.  An exhibition had been prepared including many of the ...

GRAND OPEN DAY - AUGUST 13TH

27/07/17

PHOTO: The Frazer Nash Team in Nice at the end of the 1933 Alpine Trial

"READ ALL ABOUT IT!"

26/04/17

If you do not subscribe to Classic & Sports Car magazine then rush out and buy a copy of the June issue which is on the shelves NOW.

Simon Tayl...

ARCHIVES WORKING DAY 13TH APRIL

04/04/17

Photo: HARD AT IT!!

Calling all Helpers ... Our next "working" day at the Archives will be on Thursday, 13th April, from...

ARCHIVES CARS IN ACTION AT CURBOROUGH SPRINT CIRCUIT

27/03/17

Photo: The Cabriolet at a wet Curborough circuit

Simon Taylor, well-known motoring writer and Editor of Classic and Sports Car mag...

SMOKERS CORNER

15/02/17

We have received a very kind donation from Club member Keith Bowman, comprising a letter to him dated 3rd February 1965 from GN Ltd, a box of "GN" ...

ARLINE NEEDHAM TROPHIES REUNITED AT THE ARCHIVES

08/02/17

Photo: The 1933 Alpine Trial Plate

Thanks to the generosity and foresight of Club member Rob...

SORTING THE ISETTAS FROM THE MANURHINS

19/01/17

Despite a forecast of snow, volunteers arrived at the Archives on Thursday, 12th January for another working day to help with sorting, indexing an...

NOT JUST ABOUT CARS!

18/01/17

PHOTO: 1937 BMW R5 SS Rensport

A chance conversation between Trustee Winston Teague and a ne...

A NEW TRUSTEE JOINS THE TEAM

13/12/16

The Archives starts 2017 with a new Trustee on board. Welcome to Matt Vincent, a Frazer Nash Car Club member who has been most...

NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHED

05/12/16

The Frazer Nash Archives is pleased to announce the launch of its new website.
We have been working on this site to provide a sample of the resources ...

CUPS AWARDED TO MICHAEL BURN DURING THE 1950S

09/11/16

The Trustees are extremely grateful to Club member Jonathan Rose who brought to the November Working Day a number of cups that he had recently acquired and w...

THE FIRST GN EVER SOLD

22/09/16

A photograph recently sent to the editor of the Chain Gang Gazette, the Frazer Nash Car Club’s magazine, has created quite a stir. This particular GN w...

ARCHIE FRAZER-NASH ENGINEER

01/02/15

The first edition of Trevor Tarring's important work on the life of Archie Frazer-Nash sold out quickly.  It is an excellent read, full of interesti...

GRAND RE-OPENING

01/08/14

A tremendous turnout of well over 100 visitors, many in correct cars, attended the Grand Re-Opening of the Archives last month. There were Frazer Nashes (of ...

ARCHIVES REFURBISHMENT

01/08/13

In 2013 the Trustees embarked on some major works to the Archives. The two small offices and the adjoining corridor on the ground floor were knocked into one...

TRADE MARKS

01/02/13

Since John Aldington’s death in 2007, the Archives continued his work in regaining control of the Frazer Nash trademark. The mark had been registered t...

THE FRAZER NASH ARCHIVES SHOP

All proceeds from the sale of items are used to support the running of the Archives and the work carried out to conserve and protect the material held within the collection.

You can purchase any of these items by contacting the Frazer Nash Archives directly.

CONTACT THE FRAZER NASH ARCHIVE

The Frazer Nash Archives

Henley-on-Thames

Oxon

Trustees:

Roger Richmond
James Trigwell
Peter Livesey
Winston Teague
John Marsh
Louise Bunting
Matt Vincent