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Frazer Nash Continental

(1956 model)

Brief specs of 1956 Frazer Nash Continental

2-door 2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 2580 cm3 / 157.4 cu in / 157.4 cu in, 96.9 kW / 129.9 hp / 129.9 hp @ 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm, rear wheel drive, 201 km/h / 125 mph / 125 mph top speed

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)Frazer NashIssued from1956
ModelContinentalIssued until
SerieContinentalNumber made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerFrazer NashCountryUK


Base platformNumber of doors2
Bodywork typefixed-head coupéNumber of seats2
Bodywork designerPininfarinaCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)Max. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4089 mm / 161.0 in / 161.0 inTotal (curb) weight848 kg / 1870 lb / 1870 lb
Width1524 mm / 60.0 in / 60.0 inDry weight
Height1320 mm / 52.0 in / 52.0 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2515 mm / 99.0 in / 99.0 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1359 mm / 53.5 in / 53.5 inTowing weight
Track rear1359 mm / 53.5 in / 53.5 inWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearanceFuel capacity
Length/wheelbase ratio1.63  


Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)1.71 m2 / 18.4 sq ft / 18.4 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)


Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders8
Engine TypeV engine Total number of valves16
Engine ManufacturerBMWValves per cylinder2
Engine constructionBore74.0 mm / 2.91 in / 2.91 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke75.0 mm / 2.95 in / 2.95 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio0.99
Fuel supply2 Ze carbsEngine displacement2580 cm3 / 157.4 cu in / 157.4 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity322.50 cm3/cylinder / 19.680 cu in/cylinder / 19.680 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignOHV (overhead valve, I-head)Compression ratio7.5 : 1
SumpMax. output power96.9 kW / 129.9 hp / 129.9 hp at 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque at
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)26.8 kW / 35.9 hp / 35.9 hp (est.)
CoolantotherSpecific output37.6 kW/l / 0.825 bhp/cu in / 0.825 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque


Transmission typeNumber of gears
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio
  Final gear (drive) ratio


Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed201 km/h / 125 mph / 125 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)11.00 s / 11.00 s / 11.00 sPower-to-weight ratio153.3 kW/ton / 116.2 bhp/ton / 116.2 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/hFuel consumption, City (urban)
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)Fuel consumption, Road (extra-urban)
Acceleration 80-120 km/h (50-70 mph) in topFuel consumption, Mixed (combined)
Standing ¼mile time Fuel consumption, Euro
Standing kilometer time CO2 emissions


Engine locationfrontEngine alignment
Steeringrack & pinionSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle
Suspension frontSuspension rear
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres frontTyres rear
Brakes frontdrumBrakes reardrum
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Frazer Nash Continental


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