The Railton rose from the ashes of Invicta Cars Ltd., which had to close its main plant in 1932. Sir Noel Macklin, one of the main engineering talents at Invicta, was 'made redundant' as a result. He came up with the idea of marrying the best of American and British cars - British handling and styling coupled with powerful, durable American engines. Hudson had just introduced the high performing Essex-Terraplane. Macklin joined with Reid Railton, designer of Malcom Campbells' famous Bluebird land speed record car, to work out an agreement with Hudson to mate a Terraplane 8 chassis and drivetrain with a light custom British body. The Railton was introduced in 1933 as the first British-American hybrid car. Hudson acquired the company in 1939, but production stopped with the onset of war.
The Railton was introduced in 1933 and in 1939 the company was acquired by Hudson. Production was soon stopped with the onset of the war. The early cars were powered by a 4.0-liter 8-cylinder engine and given light-weight British bodies. All were equipped with coachbuilt bodies since Railton had no body building capability.
This example is one of two Railton factory entries in the 1934 Alpine Trails, where it scored a perfect 1,000 points and was awarded the winner's cup. The body was built by Berkeley, one of several to supply bodies to Railton.