Archibald Goodman Frazer Nash


Sunday 30th June 1889

Born on this day, Archibald Goodman Frazer Nash, English motor car designer and engineer, who specialised in the manufacture of light (“cycle”) and sports cars. In 1910, Frazer Nash partnered with Henry Ronald Godfrey to produce the GN cycle car. First sold in 1911, the GN cyle car was a lightweight two-cylinder car that stayed in production (apart from the war years) until 1922 in the UK and 1925 in France, where it was made under licence by Salmson. Frazer Nash’s racing successes in highly developed versions of the cars contributed to their popularity. In 1923, Frazer Nash started the Frazer Nash company to produce an evolution of the GN, still chain-driven, which became the Frazer Nash sports car. Frazer Nash Ltd. was reconstituted as AFN Ltd in 1927. The new company was taken over by H.J. (“Aldy” or “HJ”) Aldington in 1929. At the same time Frazer Nash resigned from any management role, although he remained a small shareholder.


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