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The Tourer was offered for Sale at Bonhams Auction at Goodwood in September 2008 with this catalogue Description
Perhaps in an attempt to capitalise on the success enjoyed by his ERA single-
Only five cars were built before the outbreak of WW2 forced the project’s abandonment: three tourers with bodies by R.E.A.L., of Ealing including the original prototype ‘FLN 386’; a Carlton Coupé (registered ‘FLN 388’) for L Prideaux-
In its 4th April 1939 edition, The Motor announced that the Raymond Mays Special’s first public appearance would be at that year’s RAC Rally, four cars being entered. In the event, three made the start and were driven by Sammy Davis, Dick Anthony and Raymond Mays himself. However, the Mays Special proved not to be competitive with the SS100s and BMW 328s that dominated this type of event in the late 1930s.
‘FLN 386’ was used by the Berkshire Police from just after the war’s end to around 1956 when it passed into private ownership. Whilst in Police service the Mays Special formed part of the official escort that greeted Her Majesty The Queen (then Princess Elizabeth) when she visited Radley College in June 1947.
Many years later, Alan Mowlem, researching the whereabouts of the surviving Mays Specials, located ‘FLN 386’ in the USA, where it had been since 1974, and was able to purchase the car. The Mays Special had been fitted with a four-
Offered with Swansea V5, this rare car represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a long-