1935 Rail­ton Straight Eight sports cabri­o­let

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

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.

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