HRG 1500 Ex-John Gott, Alpine Rally winning car. (1947)




Supplied new by Follet Of Mayfair with Aerodynamic coachwork to renowned race and rally driver and later Chief Constable of Northamptonshire, John Gott. There can be few HRG`s with such an illustrious period competition history as this car. Successes include an Open Team Award on the 1948 Alpine Rally, 3rd in class in the 1949 Alpine Rally, fastest 1500 on the Stelvio and Vars Passes in the 1950 event following removal of the Aerodynamic bodywork. 1st in class and winner of a Coupe Des Alpes in the 1951 Alpine Rally. The first British 1500 to win such a prestigious award and 4th in class (without loss of marks) in the 1952 Tulip Rally.
The Car competed in a 1950 production car race at Silverstone and was campaigned in numerous other events both national and internationally before John Gott sold "The old Lady" to A S Macdonald in 1954. In 1961 it came into the possession of Roy Keevil who gave the car to his son, Micheal in 1978. On his death in 1986 it was passed to his widow, Mrs Carol Ann Keevil, (who later remarried and became Mrs Lawrence) The car had therefore been in her family for over 55 years.
In the late 1980`s the car was sent to Forres in Scotland to be looked after by ex-HRG employee and restorer Dick Watson, who was a family friend. During this period various works were carried out before the car went on display at the Atwell Motor Museum in Calne, Wiltshire. Between 1992 and 1998 following her retirement, Mrs Lawrence brought the car home and used it on occasional outings and events. With servicing being carried out by her husband, a retired motor engineer with guidance and advice from Dick Watson.
The car is accompanied by an extensive history file including correspondence from John Gott confirming his ownership and some of the car's exploits, buff logbook from 1958, assorted records of work carried out since 1961, numerous invoices, expired MOT certificates and other sundry correspondence.
In recent years the car has been used on a number of rallies and events including the 2011 Cotswold Classic, 2018 Flying Scotsman and 2019 Flying Scotsman.

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  • Mileage: 5,805
  • Year: 1947
  • Doors: 2
  • Body type: Convertible
  • Transmission type: Manual
  • Fuel type: Petrol
  • Colour: Green

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