1954 Frazer Nash Targa Florio MKII

The Sir Derrick Verner Targa Florio


Chassis No. 421/200/194

Engine No. 100 B2 4226

Registration No. 472 AMT

+44 (0)1869 244 255


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Given their competitive exploits with the chain-driven motorcars before the outbreak of the Second World War, it is hardly surprising that Frazer Nash (AFN Ltd.) were one of the first British companies to successfully re-enter the world of sports car competition after the hostilities had ended. Although the firm had moved on from the production of chain driven motorcars, the formula of relatively low capacity high-revving engines mated to lightweight cars remained. The motorcars produced by from 1948 onwards were highly successful in sports car racing during the early 1950s. As with the chain-drive cars the models were most commonly named after the venues where competition success had been achieved. Moss, Salvadori and Hawthorn were just a few of the top-flight professionals who campaigned their wares and strong results at Le Mans, Targa Florio and Mille Miglia level has ensured their enduring appeal the loyal group of supporters who compete in them to this day.

The history of Frazer Nash post-war is best written up in “The Post-War Frazer Nash”by James Trigwell and Anthony Pritchard. This utterly superb book is beautifully presented and well worth obtaining as it tells the story of the marque and its various competition successes and also features a succinct history of all of the post-war Frazer Nashes. The example offered for sale here is a MK II Targa Florio and was originally supplied by AFN Ltd. to Sir Derrick Verner of Farnham, Surrey and was registered 472 AMT on 26thFebruary 1954. Copy factory records note that the car was finished in green with tan interior. During Derrick Verner’s tenureship ‘472 AMT’ was used extensively for rallying for the ’54 and ’55 seasons, mostly locally but also internationally, perhaps most notably in the Tulip Rally held from 25thApril to 1stMay 1954. Contained within the history file offered for sale with the car are a number of copies of photographs of ‘472 AMT’ competing in period as well as at contemporary events.

According to “The Post-War Frazer Nash”Verner retained ownership of ‘472 AMT’ until 1960, when it was re-purchased by AFN. Ltd. At some stage, the nose of the car was damaged slightly and a photograph recently discovered by James Trigwell is thought to show the Targa Florio in the Falcon Works for repair surrounded by 356 Porsches. Whilst at the works, the original BS4 Bristol engine had been removed by Frazer Nash and utilised for one of the drop-head coupés (FN 151) and ‘AMT 472’ was fitted with a replacement unit numbered 100A/1101.  On the 12thJune 1963 John Maitland purchased ‘472 AMT’ from AFN Ltd. and he retained ownership for over 45 years. Well-known in Frazer Nash BMW and VSCC circles, John Maitland used the car for both personal use and on some events run by the VSCC and Frazer Nash Car Club, including the occasional sprint meeting. Invoices, on file, show some of the work carried out during John Maitland’s period of ownership and during this period a Bristol B2 engine was fitted to the car, engine no. 100 B2 4226.

In 2009 Maitland sold the Targa Florio to Richard Proctor who proceeded to have some servicing works carried out and had the correct ridge on the nose of the car re-instated that had not been corrected fully at AFN Ltd, as well as the ensuing paintwork required after the repair. The current owner purchased ‘472 AMT’ in 2013. He has continued to use ‘472 AMT’ for light competition work, taking part in a number of sprint meetings at Goodwood and racing in the inaugural pre-and post-war Frazer Nash at Silverstone. During this time, he has cleaned the fuel system thoroughly with the tank out, installed new ignition parts, new adjustable dampers all round and refurbished the brakes. The car performs extremely well and can show a clean pair of heals to most modern traffic on a country lane.

Just five of the MK II Targa Florio Frazer Nashes were produced. Like all post-war Frazer Nashes, they remain extremely useable in modern traffic, are a welcome addition to The Frazer Nash Car Club and the superb events they organise and are also eligible for a number of top flight international events such as The Goodwood Revival, Monaco Historique Grand Prix and the Le Mans Classic. The current owner has relatively recently purchased one of, if not, the most important pre-war Frazer Nash Sports car and thus is not finding the time to use ‘AMT 472’ to its full potential. The new owner will no doubt be afforded a warm welcome from the best single marque car club in the world and may enjoy a fast, yet eminently practical sports car that is eligible for some of the best events in the world.