1936 Railton Eight MkII Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 645139

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Lot 426
1936 Railton Eight MkII Drophead Coupé
Registration no. DLY 419 Chassis no. 645139

Sold for £ 56,500 (US$ 73,061) inc. premium
1936 Railton Eight MkII Drophead Coupé
Coachwork by Coachcraft

Registration no. DLY 419
Chassis no. 645139

Footnotes

  • 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, the second series being based on the 4.2-litre Hudson Super Eight, 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 '645139' wears three-position drophead coupé coachwork by Coachcraft Ltd of Hanwell, West London. The car was purchased at auction in 1991 by the immediately preceding owner, a member of the Railton Owners Club, having previously belonged to another Club member, Kenneth Mummery, for some 54 years. During Mr Mummery's ownership the car participated in the 1951 Blandford Speed Trials and the Team Railton event at Prescott hill climb circa 1972. It is a past winner of the John Cobb Cup and the Alan Nicholls and Kenneth Mummery awards.

    Restored between 1991 and 1996, 'DLY 419' was subsequently dry-stored in a de-humidified garage, run regularly and taken on various rallies. Previously registered on the Isle of Man, the car is offered with old-style logbook, current MoT, Swansea V5 registration document and a large file of history. A quantity of spare parts to include a cylinder head, block, pistons, etc comes with it. Presented in beautiful condition and good running order, this wonderful Railton Eight represents a rare opportunity to acquire one of these charismatic sporting motor cars.

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  • The old-style logbook is not present for this car.
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1936 Railton Eight MkII Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 645139
1936 Railton Eight MkII Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 645139
1936 Railton Eight MkII Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 645139
1936 Railton Eight MkII Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 645139
1936 Railton Eight MkII Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 645139
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