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1936 Railton F28

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Railton automobiles were built in the old Invicta works in Cobham, Surrey, England between 1933 and 1940 using American Hudson chassis and powertrains. The brand was named after Reid Railton, famous race car designer, who was not involved in the ongoing manufacture of the cars. The first cars were priced at £499, a substantial price for the day. Noel Macklin, who had been building expensive and hand-built Invicta cars at the same factory, was the entrepreneur who was so impressed with the performance and quality of the Terraplane cars made by Hudson that he contracted to import the straight eight chassis to England. He made modest alterations to bring it more in line with British tastes and arranged for at least seven different coach builders to build different bodies for the Railton.

The Railton was a hybrid: built in Great Britain using an American chassis and British coachwork. The American chassis was supplied by the Hudson Motor Company.

This 1936 Railton Fairmile with aluminum body by Coachcraft on a Hudson Eight chassis, powered by a 4168cc side-valve straight eight engine, claimed a 0-to-60 mph time of 8.8 seconds, reputedly the fastest production car in the world in its day. All together 1,379 Railton 8 models were made. This particular 1936 Railton has undergone a complete, frame-off restoration but all parts are original.

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Recent Sales of the Railton F28

(Data based on Model Year 1936 sales)
1936 Railton Straight Eight Ranalah Coupe
Chassis#: 546734
Sold for USD$28,700
  2012 H & H Auctions - The Pavilion Gardens
 
1936 Railton Eight MkII Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: 645139
Sold for USD$88,643
  2011 Bonhams - The December Sale
 

Railton F28s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1936 Railton F28's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
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1936 Railton F28 Profiles

1936 Railton F28 vehicle information
Convertible
Coachwork: Coachcraft