Offered from the estate of The Hon J C L Fane, deceased
1933 Railton Eight Carrington II Drophead Coupé
Coachwork by Coachcraft Ltd
Registration no. JME 1
Chassis no. 305
Engine no. 152501
Conceived by business partners Reid Railton and Noel Macklin, Railton cars were based on Hudson mechanicals and assembled at the old Invicta works on Macklin's Fairmile estate in Cobham, Surrey. Introduced in 1933, the first Railton used a modified Terraplane Eight chassis on which was mounted British-style coachwork. The Railton weighed less than the Terraplane and with 94bhp available from the 4,010cc sidevalve straight eight, the result was a stylish car with outstanding performance for its day. Priced at £499, it also represented remarkable value for money. Tourers were offered at first, followed by saloons and dropheads. Various other Hudson chassis were used over the years and there was also a 'baby' Railton in the late 1930s, which was based on the Standard Ten. The marque was effectively killed-off at the outbreak of WW2 having produced around 1,400 cars, though a handful of prototypes was exhibited post-war, by which time the Railton enterprise had been sold to Hudson Motors Ltd.
Chassis number '8911181' wears Carrington II drophead coupé coachwork by Coachcraft Ltd of Hanwell, West London. The Carrington drophead body was first designed by Coachcraft in 1936 for that year's long-wheelbase (10' 7") Hudson/Railton chassis. The next year (1937) the LWB Hudson/Railton chassis was extended to 10" 9" in the wheelbase and this car is an example of the second type. Fifteen of the latter were made, of which the Fane car is the only extant survivor in the UK, the other being in the Republic of Ireland in restored condition. Coachcraft received the chassis on 25th July 1938 and on the 19th August despatched the completed car, which was registered 'JME 1' (a Middlesex mark) just five days later. The Railton was registered to The Hon J C L Fane of Wormsley Park, Watlington, Oxfordshire. Its original colour was black.
We are advised that the process of restoring the car has already been started and most chassis work completed. New road springs have been fitted while the axles appear to have been restored and the steering box reconditioned. There are no documents with this Lot, which is sold strictly as viewed. No reserve.
- Please note, since publishing the catalogue, this description has been changed and updated. The correct description is present on the website as of 11 November 2009.