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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  • Frik 08 Jul 2011

    It can fly too you know. I've seen the photos.

  • stew-S160 08 Jul 2011


  • markh1 08 Jul 2011

    Helped bump start that beast at the FoS on Saturday. Was pushing on the left rear wheel right by the exhausts, didn't half make my ears ring when it fired up!

  • Monty Python 08 Jul 2011

    Is there any reason why we can't have these pictures in "standard" desktop resolutions (1680x1050 and 1920x1200 for example)?

  • Contigo 08 Jul 2011

    Yes please can we have a proper resolution one that doesn't look stretched when on a widescreen laptop display?

    Also this car had torque that could quite literally rip your face off!!!

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