Lot 278 - 1945 Merlin 225 Aero Engine
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|Estimate||£17,000 - £22,000|
Rotation - Righthand Tractor
Serial Number V-344672
Contract Number W535/A61567
Considered a British icon, the Rolls-Royce Merlin was one of the most successful aircraft engines of the World War II era and many variants were built by the Rolls-Royce factories in Derby, Crewe and Glasgow, as well as by Ford of Britain at their Trafford Park factory, near Manchester. The Packard 225 was a version of the Rolls-Royce Merlin built in the United States. Production ceased in 1950 after a total of almost 150,000 engines had been delivered, the later variants being used for airliners and military transport aircraft. Merlin engines remain in Royal Air Force service today with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and power many restored aircraft in private ownership worldwide. The first Merlin engine (PV-12) ran in 1933 and, after several modifications, the first production variants were built in 1936. The first operational aircraft to enter service using the Merlin were the Fairey Battle, the Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire. More Merlin engines were made for the four-engined Avro Lancaster heavy bomber than for any other aircraft of that time; however, the engine is most closely associated with the Supermarine Spitfire, starting with the Spitfire's maiden flight in 1936. A series of rapidly applied developments, brought about by wartime needs, markedly improved the engine's performance and durability.
This Merlin 225 aero engine, a more powerful, Packard version of the Rolls-Royce Merlin 25 was built under licence in the USA to be fitted into the Canadian built De Havilland Mosquito 25 or 26 light bomber and night fighter. Over one thousand Mosquito's were built in Canada at the De Havilland subsidiary in Downsview, Toronto with over 450 of them using the Packard Merlin 225 which developed 1,680hp at 3,000rpm, over 150hp more than the British equivalent at the same boost pressure. The production of the Canadian Mosquito was terminated in October 1945. The engine and supercharger appear to be complete and even retains the protective caps fitted to the High Tension leads for the sparking plugs. There is damage to the original carburettor. Here is a very rare opportunity to purchase a British icon from the Second World War which is mounted for display or with re-commissioning and careful modification could be used as a running engine for a number of different aircraft of the period including Mustang P51, Later Spitfires and the Mosquito
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