Record-setting ’33 Napier-Railton on display in London

1933 Napier-Railton Special out for a test drive | Brooklands Museum photos
1933 Napier-Railton Special out for a test drive | Brooklands Museum photos

The 1933 Napier-Railton Special that broke 42 speed records in its heyday will represent classic cars at the 2017 London Motor Show, scheduled for May 4-7 at Battersea Evolution in England’s capital city.

Like most auto snows, the London event will feature around 130 new cars from a variety of automakers. But it also will showcase the car that in 1935 recorded a lap at 143.44 miles per hour around the Brooklands Outer Circuit.

John Cobb drives the Napier_Railton on a record run at Brooklands
John Cobb drives the Napier_Railton on a record run at Brooklands

That may have been only a warmup as the car also set a record by averaging 150.6 mph over the course of 24 hours on the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1936.

Now owned by the Brooklands Museum, the Napier-Railton is powered by a 24-liter aero-engine.

Oh, and don’t be confused by the official name of the show — the confused.com London Motor Show. Confused.com is the website for what is believed to be England’s largest insurance company and is a subsidiary of the Admiral Group.

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