1935 Railton Fairmile 4.2cc Straight Eight, based on a Hudson (Hudson Motors of the U.S.A) engine and chassis and constucted by the Fairmile Engineering Company in Cobham, Surrey. A wide range of bodies from several coachbuilders was on offer. Two special lightweight models were made in 1935 and with a 0-60 time of 8.8 seconds and a top speed approaching 110 mph, were claimed to be the fastest production cars in the world. Altogether 1379 of the Railton 8 were made.
The company was founded by Noel Macklin, having sold his interest in Invicta. Macklin consulted Reid Railton, who had made his name designing chassis for World Land Speed Record cars and sport cars at Thomson & Taylor in Cobham. Using the name Railton would also help the image of a fast and sporting car. Reality was that Reid Railton had little input into the cars, but did receive a little dividend on every car sold.
Light alloy body by Coachcraft of Ealing and restored just 100 yards from it’s birth place.