Frazer Nash Targa Florio

Registration #  XMM 524 | Chassis # 421/200/182 (FN 182)

FN182, The Wyndham Hewitt Targa Florio, is the 7th of only 10 MK1 cars and the only  one built to‘ Gran Sport’ specification, having a lightweight 18-swg aluminium body, which incorporated front brake cooling vents either side of the larger grill fitted to aid cooling. The specification also included a long range 20 ½ gallon fuel tank, Al-fin brake drums and steel bolt-on wheels.


The first owner Wyndham Hewitt used FN182 for continental rallying, the first event being the Sestriere Rally in February 1953. This was followed in March 1953 by the Rallye Soleil Cannes.


In February 1954 FN182 returned to AFN to be re-painted metallic blue from the original metallic red.



Ownership history continues

  • 1955 W. Eric Whiston of Macclesfield at 16845 Kms, who used it as a road car.


1958 Unknown owner at 36471 Kms


  • 1961 Bill Ellison purchased it from AFN and used  it in competition, trails, Hillclimb’s and for racing.


  • 1964 Peter Gibson and used in competition in FNCC and HSCC, events. Peter fitted the centre lock hubs, brake drums and wire wheels which he obtained from AFN via Betty Haig.


  • 1968 David Muirhead , again used in competition with HSCC and FNCC, winning their Challenge Shield in 1968 and 1969.


  • 1974 David Martin. The engine was changed to the later BS4 specification which featured a higher compression ratio.





    • 1977 James Trigwell , the well known post war Frazer Nash registrar. The paint work was changed to dark green with green leather work and this was  completed in 1979.


    • January 1982 . Tim Harding from South Croydon bought the car at 87984 Kms. Tim was a very well known motoring historian, who curated a large photographic archive. He kept a fastidious history file for FN182, with maintenance completed, by Spencer Lane-Jones, Cooper Motorsport, Bill Roberts and Bob Thredder.



    • 2023 The body work and wheels were repainted in dark green, the work retaining the lovely mellowed 1979 leather interior.


    FN182 drives eagerly with that evocative crisp and pleasing Bristol 6 cylinder exhaust note, the oil pressure remaining consistent at 60Lbs once warm.  It is delightfully light to handle, has excellent full weather equipment and offers the prospect of wonderful long distance events, rallies, hill climbs, sprints and circuit racing. All this plus membership of the thriving Frazer Nash Car Club!

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