Raymond Cutler's 1949 car was, in most respects, conventional and followed the lines of the early Coopers, though clearly well constructed. However, it did feature shaft drive from the JAP engine to the rear wheels at a time when nearly all 500s used chains. Initially this used a lightened three speed Morris gearbox and Fiat differential but a heavily modified Norton box was later substituted. Neither arrangement proved successful, partly due to the inherent problems with an extremely short drive shaft and partly as a result of the power losses inherent in a shaft drive system. It was however built to a high standard, Ray producing his own Elektron wheels with integral brake drums. Ray managed a respectable sixth at Silverstone in September '49 then fourteenth at Prescott, ninth at Shelsley and nineteenth at Weston Super Mare. The car was for sale by August 1950 but Ray took a second in his heat and fourth on aggregate at Silverstone in September and it was not sold until an auction in the late 1950s. We do not know of it's current whereabouts.
Chains are Crude!