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Old 4 Feb 2018, 12:26 (Ref:3798406)   #1
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A rare British V8.

Raymond Mays V8 sports cars were produced at Eastgate House , Bourne , Lincolnshire in the E.R.A workshops by " Shelsley Motors Ltd " a company set up to distribute them.

Five cars were designed in 1938 and finished in 1939 with only two surviving today.

They were planned to be E.R.A sports cars but with internal bickering within the board and E.R.A concerning trade mark ownership , financing and WW2 on the horizon , the venture stalled but not before four cars took part in the RAC rally in 1939 and then one car driven around Brooklands by A.F Rivers Fletcher at a tad under 110 m.ph.

After the end of the hostilities the market for large sports cars disappeared and Raymond Mays was so engrossed with the B.R.M project and the E.R.A concern was broken up and sold off.

The chassis , steering and running gear was supplied from John Black M.D of Standard cars and was suitably modified and altered by the race team at Bourne led by Peter Berthon with the handling in particular attracting glowing praise from the motoring press and with the speed attained at Brooklands the car was no slouch.

There was friction between Black and Lyons due to Standard producing parts that were common between particularly the SS Jaguars and supplying them to E.R.A for the Raymond Mays but this was soon forgotten about as all car production was stopped in the U.K and the factories were used to produce items for the struggle ahead.

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Old 20 Feb 2018, 09:11 (Ref:3802561)   #2
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I had no idea ERA had ever made road cars. Where they badged ERA?
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I had no idea ERA had ever made road cars. Where they badged ERA?
They were badged as Raymond Mays.


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Old 7 Jan 2020, 16:32 (Ref:3950242)   #7
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Raymond Mays

Thoroughly enjoyed restoring the car over four years and its is now a stable companion of Romulus residing in the States.

Looking now for another interesting sports / racing car as need something to restore as enjoy the challenge and stop me going to seed.


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My old man used to have an Austin 7 special with the license plate FLN.
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Old 15 Jan 2020, 06:36 (Ref:3951688)   #9
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An order for 500 V8 engines was given by Standard to Coventry Climax which were to be breathed upon in the Bourne workshops by Peter Berthon but due to various objections from William Lyons to Black and WW2 approaching the total production was discontinued.

The R.M is now in a wonderful stable in the U.S which includes amongst others Romulus.

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Drophead Coupe

Have acquired the 1939 Raymond Mays V8 Drophead foursome Coupe by Carlton and its on route now to the U.K. after several years of trying.

Chassis RM 5 was Lancelot Prideaux- Brune's own car and he was the major shareholder and M.D of Shelsley Motors Ltd. who by this time has sold his shareholding in Aston Martin. He drove the car up until 1951 then advertised it for sale.



He drove the car in the 1939 RAC rally and then the Welsh rally managing to win the Premier coachwork award but as WW2 was on the horizon the company was closed.

There were also the three tourers entered for the RAC rally but only one RM1 is known to be left.

The saloon car was sold to a buyer in NZ but the ship was torpedoed leaving just the two cars left today.






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Sorry about delayed reaction, but great stuff, roadmap. Is it back here now and if so, in what state?
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Hi John
Received this photo taken in 2017 at a car show in San Marino CA and since has been kept in the museum with a few outings , so hopefully will be out and about once it arrives as still on route due to worldwide freight issues. Ta Stewart
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