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1934 Railton Eight

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 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.

Source - The Owner of the Car

Related Reading : Railton Eight History

The Railton automobile was produced between 1933 and 1940 and built by Fairmile Engineering Company in Cobham, Surrey. The place where the Railtons were produced was the same location where the Invicta cars had been built. The Invicta Company had been started by Noel Macklin (Sir Albert Noel Campbell Macklin). Mr. Macklin had a history of building cars and as a boat designer. His companies included....
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1934 Vehicle Profiles

1934 Railton Eight vehicle information

4-Place Tourer
Coachwork: Berkeley

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 Amer....[continue reading]

4-Place Tourer by Berkeley
 




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Eight

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
105.00 in.
8 cyl., 254.00 CID.

Industry Production

#1#2#3Railton
1939Chevrolet (577,278)Ford (487,031)Plymouth (423,850)
1938Chevrolet (465,158)Ford (410,263)Plymouth (285,704)
1937Chevrolet (815,375)Ford (765,933)Plymouth (566,128)
1936Ford (930,778)Chevrolet (918,278)Plymouth (520,025)
1935Ford (820,253)Chevrolet (548,215)Plymouth (350,884)
1934Ford (563,921)Chevrolet (551,191)Plymouth (321,171)
1933Chevrolet (486,261)Ford (334,969)Plymouth (298,557)
1932Chevrolet (313,404)Ford (210,824)Plymouth (186,106)
1931Chevrolet (619,554)Ford (615,455)Buick (138,965)
1930Ford (1,140,710)Chevrolet (640,980)Buick (181,743)
1929Ford (1,507,132)Chevrolet (1,328,605)Buick (196,104)

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