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1934 Railton Eight Sports Roadster

  • Chassis Number: S21
  • Registration Number: BBB 414
This car was imported from England in 1964 by its former owner. It is a 1934 Railton 'one-off' short-wheelbase trials car. It was used in England during the 1930s for trials or 'off-road' type competition events. The eight-cylinder engine and entire chassis/drivetrain are 1934 Hudson. The chassis was shortened from 116 inches to 105 inches for racing. The car has two sets of shocks per wheel, with one set being adjustable from the driver's seat. It also has two fuel tanks. It's strictly a two-passenger vehicle!

The 254 cubic-inch engine features a Vertex magneto, racing camshaft, two-barrel carburetor, and a larger exhaust manifold. The intake-exhaust modification is intended to simulate what could have been on the car in 1938 when driven in trials by Donald Maclean, a notorious Russian spy.

The Railton is significant in automotive history. Noel Macklin, who produced the Invicta, became associated with Reid Railton of land speed record fame when Invicta's production was declining. Together they produced the Railton, starting in 1933 until WWII. Fewer than 1,500 Railtons were manufactured. The Railton grille was designed by famed 'Autocar' magazine artist F. Gordon Crosby, who also designed the original Bentley radiator shell for W.O. Bentley. Hudson's very smooth wet clutch and high torque engine enabled a driver to start effortlessly and smoothly from a dead stop in third (top) gear. The slogan 'Quickest by Railton' reflected zero-to-sixty road test times of less than ten seconds, phenomenal acceleration that wouldn't be matched by many other sports cars until well after the war.

In addition to being eligible for vintage racing with the Vintage Sports Car Club of America, this car is recognized as a Full Classic by the Classic Car Club of America and has participated in numerous CCCA regional and national meets.

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