1953 Swandean Spitfire Special news, pictures, and information
One 20+ liter example was the 1953 Swandean Spitfire Special built by Michael Wilcock, proprietor of the Swandean Garage in Worthing, Sussex. Two Daimler Dingo scout car chassis were welded end-to-end. A Merlin-powered engine, fitted with a supercharger, was installed and offered a staggering 1600 horsepower at 3000 RPM.
The car was used on several Brighton Speed Trials during the mid-1950s. It is reported that the car achieved 150 mph in third gear, though its overall top speed is still unknown, and it had one more gear left to explore.
The car was used about eight times before it was sold to James Duffy of St. Louis, Missouri in 1956. It was later sold to SL Lambert who had it rebuilt as the Lambert Engineering Special.
During the 1960s the engine was transplanted into a boat while the car was put into a boat museum. Years later, the roof on the museum collapsed. Following this unfortunate incident, the car was sold to collector who brought the car back to its former glory with its original engine.
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2008