1935 Railton Straight Eight sports cabriolet
Several car makers clothed American running gear in British coachwork in the mid-1930s. Railton was the most successful, combining Hudson engines with the products of coachbuilders usually associated with Bentley, Lagonda and Rolls-Royce. This 1935 model was delivered to a Lt. Col. Frederick Scholte who lived in London’s Conduit Street, not far from the Rolls-Royce showrooms. Clearly taken by the Railton’s performance, Scholte ordered bodywork from Willesden’s Carlton Carriage Co., going so far as specifying lightweight Perspex side windows. Bought by the vendor as a restoration project in 2009, work included a new ash frame, re-trim, re-paint (the original black being replaced by red and white), an engine rebuild and gearbox overhaul. This is a fabulous example of a still underestimated make.