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1938 Railton Little Fairmile in Scottish Auction

Ralton Little Fairmile DHC

In the same April auction sale in Fife that featured the Standard Avon Little 12 Coupe another Standard based car was on offer. This was a Railton Little Fairmile Drophead Coupe. The Little Fairmile features a coach built 3-seater body, on the Standard Flying 9 chassis. All the cars were given a Flying 10 engine to give an edge on performance. Although designed by, and called a Railton, the company had almost no influence in building the cars, as they used parts bought in from Standard and a body built by Coachcraft. It is unlikely that the cars ever visited Railton's premises.

Baby Railtons, as they are called, are quite rare and sought after. Like all the other cars in this auction the Railton had been very badly stored in recent years. It looked complete - however, the doors had dropped implying rot in the frame, so a full restoration would be required to get it back on the road.

The car sold for £5,300 on the hammer but attracted commission and VAT on top of that. The car is eligible for Club membership, of course and the Club has copious spare parts for the Standard Flying 9 or 10. We hope that the car will be restored one day.

Here are two more photos of the same car, which you can click on to enlarge, followed by a photograph of a recently restored Little Fairmile, belonging to a Standard Motor Club membe, which just demonstrates how pretty the finished item will look.

Another Railton, recently restored:

Report by Phil Homer

April 2011