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HRG Engineering Co

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Reg No. LPD 659.
Reg No: HXD 506.

HRG Engineering Company Ltd of Tolworth.

1936 The company was founded by Edward Athelstan Halford, Guy Robins and Henry Ronald Godfrey in 1936. It took its name from the first letter of their surnames.

The cars were intended to continue the traditions of Frazer-Nash, H. R. Godfrey, along with Archibald Frazer Nash, having founded and run the GN cyclecar company from 1910 to 1922.

In 1938 an HRG was the highest placed British car at Le Mans and in both 1939 and 1949 won the 1.5 litre class. An HRG cost £395 (about half the cost of the 1.5-litre Aston Martin) and weighed almost 1,000 pounds (450 kg) less.

1950 Stuart Russell Proctor became technical director.

Car production ended in 1956 after 241 cars had been made, although the company remained in business.

1965 they made an experimental Vauxhall VX 4/90 powered sports car.

1966 The company ceased trading. It had made a profit until the end.

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