20-21 January 2011


Previous Next

Lot 117

1935 Fraser Nash-BMW 319 Roadster

Sold For Confidential Amount

55 hp, 1,911 cc OHC six-cylinder, three Solex carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension by swing axle and transverse leaf spring, live rear axle and semi-elliptic springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 94"

- From the Bill Jacobs Collection
- Rare RHD BMW 319 sold in England by Frazer Nash
- Only 1,076 miles indicated since complete restoration

In 1934, the three Aldington brothers were building Frazer Nash chain-driven sports cars in Isleworth in West London. They’d taken over the company from Archie Frazer Nash and H.R. Godfrey, who’d begun in 1910 by making cycle cars and developed them into sports cars in the 1920s. But sales were declining, and the last chain-driven cars would be sold in 1939.

During European rallies in which Frazer Nashes competed, the brothers were so impressed by the BMW 315’s performance in the Alpine trials that they arranged to import the model and sell it as a Frazer Nash-BMW in the UK. Relationships between England and the Third Reich were already testy by this point, and it was thought that renaming the car might enable them to sell it. What actually sold it, of course, was its performance.

The 315 roadster was designed by Peter Szymanowski, who became BMW Chief of Design after World War II. It grew from 1,490 cc at its introduction at the 1935 Frankfurt Auto show into the 1,911-cc model 319, which boasted a top speed of 81 mph, thanks to its three Solex carburetors, and 55 bhp. The ultimate variation was the elegant 328 roadster, whose engine was to be used in Bristol cars after World War II and also in the fastest versions of the AC Ace.

The car on offer is a 1935 Frazer Nash-BMW 319 Roadster from the collection of the late Bill Jacobs. Jacobs bought the right-hand drive roadster in the UK, indicating 1,076 miles after what appears to be a splendid restoration. It has the characteristic rear wheel skirts and is finished in two-tone grey paint with grey leather seats. The car sits on wire wheels, and the engine compartment is spotless, with the signature triple side-draft Solex carburetors. The new owner will find himself welcomed at any vintage sporting meet, as well as by the BMW club.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more