Pic Of The Week: The 24-Litre Napier-Railton

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The 6.0-litre W12 that graces the under-bonnet regions of a Bentley Continental GT (and until recently the odd VW Phaeton) might seem like a rather chunky engine (and it is). But it is as nothing compared with the dubya-engined beast that Classic & Sports Jacket's Mick Walsh has been driving for the latest issue. (C&SC usually looks great on the coffee table, but this month's is a corker. Ed.)

The Napier-Railton that is featured in the latest issue of said journal is truly a monster. Built between 1932 and 1933 by John Cobb, this 24-litre beast was fitted with a 24-litre W12 engine, rated at 502bhp at 2200rpm, and with a scarcely comprehensible 1184lb ft of torque. Enough to push it to a top speed of 167mph.

It is also the car that holds the Brooklands Outer Circuit record, set in 1935 at a truly astounding 143.44mph. And if that ain't worth celebrating in Friday wallpaper-style, we don't know what is.

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  • geoffracing 12 Jul 2011

    Bish said:
    A good friend of the family is just having this delivered as we speak. Merlin powered Bentley. Going to the Revival Meeting in it so keep an eye and and ear out for it!


    THIS is a MOTOR car!

  • BruceV8 11 Jul 2011

    Brooklands have an F1 simulator you can go on, which is all very nice. But they can change the programme to a Napier Railton simulator and - they told me - it replicates the driving experience as closely at it is possible with a simulator. If thats the case, the bloody thing is damn near undriveable! But what a lot of fun!

    One day I'm going to build, if not a replica, then maybe something inspired by it. One day......

  • urquattro 11 Jul 2011

    Bish said:
    A good friend of the family is just having this delivered as we speak. Merlin powered Bentley. Going to the Revival Meeting in it so keep an eye and and ear out for it!


    Tom. please update this post re the journey fo/from Goodwood, I will bet the noise of that engine will have wrecked all the speed cameras with harmonic distortion and blasts - with luck.
    We would enjoy an occassional post on the ownership/enjoyment of this awesome road going spitfire with wheels, thanks Keith

  • Checkmate 11 Jul 2011

    Bish said:
    A good friend of the family is just having this delivered as we speak. Merlin powered Bentley. Going to the Revival Meeting in it so keep an eye and and ear out for it!


    This is bordering on automotive perfection. Incredible.

  • Bish 11 Jul 2011

    A good friend of the family is just having this delivered as we speak. Merlin powered Bentley. Going to the Revival Meeting in it so keep an eye and and ear out for it!



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