The George Waltman 1952 Le Mans Replica


The photo below is George Waltman in Le Mans Replica S/N 421/200/174, a Sebring car in the 1953 12 hour race.  Mr. Waltman raced the car at Watkins Glen, Bridgehampton, Lime Rock and various other circuits.  This car, originally white, was the factory show car at the 1952 Earls Court Motor Show:

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 Click on the above photo for a full-size image! Photo courtesy of George Waltman, 1999.

This car will be auctioned by Bonham's at Quail Lodge on August 16, 2013 (Carmel, California)

The photo below is the car, 421/200/174, as it left the AFN workshop in Isleworth.  Photo courtesy of the Frazer Nash Archives.

James Trigwell commented: "... a photo of the car in 1952 when newly built, outside the Frazer Nash ‘works’ in Isleworth, Middlesex (near Heathrow, west of London). It was displayed at the London Motor Show at Earls Court in October 1952 and then shipped to its first owner Duke Donaldson in December 1952. He entered it in the March 1953 Sebring 12-hours where it retired early with clutch problems. It was definitely still white at that race and was painted red a year or two later. According to Waltman, he purchased the car from Donaldson in 1959."

This shot, also from the Archives, shows car being worked on to repair the broken clutch.  This was the cause of its early retirement from the 1953 Sebring race:

This is the car at the Hershey Concours, June, 2013.  These photos are courtesy of Ed Hyman.  Many thanks!

July 4, 2013

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