Lot 251 - 1935 Railton Fairmile One Drophead Coupé by Coachcraft

Lot 251 - 1935 Railton Fairmile One Drophead Coupé by Coachcraft

Lot 251 - 1935 Railton Fairmile One Drophead Coupé by Coachcraft

Lot Number 251
Registration MG4230
Chassis Number 546552
Engine Number 159571
Odometer reading 42,939 miles
Result Sold - £40,000

The Railton company was started by Noel Macklin who was looking for a new car-making venture after he sold his Invicta Company in 1933. The name came from Reid Railton; the world speed record car designer. The first car was built by fitting a British body made by coachbuilder Ranalah to a 4010 cc, 8-cylinder Hudson Terraplane chassis. The resulting machine, at first available as a two-door tourer, was lighter than the Hudson Terraplane and had, for the time, exceptional performance with a 0-60 mph time of 13 seconds. A saloon-bodied version was soon added to the range, and the cars were priced at £499 which represented remarkable value for money.  In 1935 the original Terraplane chassis was replaced by the one from the Hudson Eight, the engine grew to 4168 cc and a wider range of bodies from several coachbuilders were on offer. Two special lightweight models were made in 1935 and with a 0-60 time of 8.8 seconds, were claimed to be the fastest production cars in the world. Altogether 1379 of the Railton 8 were made. A smaller six-cylinder car, the 16.9, was added in 1937 using a 2723 cc Hudson 6-cylinder engine and chassis, but only 81 were made in saloon or drophead coupé form and priced at £399. An even smaller Railton, the 10 hp, joined the range in 1938 built on a Standard Flying Nine chassis and with either saloon or drophead coupé bodywork, was claimed to be 'A famous name in miniature'  - 51 were made selling at £299. Noel Macklin turned his attention to powerboats in 1939, and he sold the company to Hudson Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan, who transferred production to their Chiswick, London works. The marque was effectively killed-off at the outbreak of WW2 having produced around 1,400 cars, although a handful of prototypes were exhibited post-war.

This 1935 Railton Fairmile One was probably supplied by University Motors, as in the 1930's they had a monopoly on MG registration numbers. This striking three position drophead coupé by Coachcraft, one of approximately 150 built, has been the subject of a complete restoration and is painted in light blue with dark blue wings, and blue leather interior. The car is fitted with the larger straight eight engine which runs smoothly and quietly. During the restoration, a high ratio crown wheel and pinion were fitted to the rear axle meaning this Railton will happily cruise at the top end of the National speed limits. From the history supplied to us by the Railton Car Club, the car was owned by Mr Geoffrey Hamilton of Stoney Strafford about forty years ago, who sold the car to a Mr Jim Hodgkin who lived in Cobham in Surrey; the vendor informs us that he purchased the car from another  Railton collector based near Dunstable. The car is supplied with a V5C registration document and a new Northern Ireland MoT test certificate. This is an opportunity to purchase a very rare three position drophead coupé from a pre war manufacturer with a very high reputation for quality.

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