IT STILL AMAZES me that one
of the world's finest traditional coachbuilders of classic car bodies is tucked
away quietly in Roleystone in Western Australia. Many of Roger Fry's creations
are dotted around the world, very highly regarded by all. The current score is
more than 50 complete bodies, and heaven only knows how many more repairs,
adaptions, and restorations.
Bentley 3½ Litre, coachbuilt by Roger
Fry for the late Eric Cecil, R-ROC WA
A prowl through Chassis Plate 2015 shows more than 20 Roger Fry & Son bodies currently owned by R-ROC members, and I do not include Roger's four H J Mulliner style Silver Cloud/Bentley S adaptation dropheads in that number. In the Western Australian Branch of R-ROC we have several Roger Fry cars: Peter Briggs' Franay Derby Bentley, Brian Tilbury's Phantom 1 Tourer; Alan Tribe's 1913 Silver Ghost tourer; the fabulous boat-tail tourer formerly owned by Mick Rust and now with Nathan Clements, Jeremy Greene's Bentley 3½ Litre Drophead to an Oxborrow and Fuller style, plus Julian Walters' 1938 Phantom 3 Drophead saloon and his 1920 Silver Ghost tourer. And now Roger Fry's own P2 Continental has joined his Alvis roadster.
Although Roger rarely builds two bodies of the same design, always preferring the challenge of something new, he has done so at least twice: Peter Briggs' Franay style roadster has a twin, which lives in New Zealand; and the Phantom 2 Ascot tourer (below left) formely owned by Val Keogh also has a twin. (The P2s were photographed side by side in Praeclarum some years ago, as were the two Bentleys.)