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The Baby Railton
In 1938 the Railton Company made a small number of cars on the Flying 10 chassis. This is the first time that I have featured them on the website.
This features gives a brief history of Railton Cars Ltd. of Cobham in Surrey, who date back to 1933.
Noel Macklin, having sold his interest inInvista, became the driving force behind the Railton car. He saw possibilities in using an American chassis with British style bodywork.
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.
They decided on the straight 8 Hudson Essex-
The resulting Railton-
By 1934 they were simply known as Railton and utilised the Hudson 8 chassis, as the Terraplane had been discontinued. Although still an eight-
1935 was the peak year for production with 377 cars sold.
From 1936 the Hudson was available in two chassis lengths and the Railton followed suit. Longer chassis still were used in 1937.
In 1939 a 3.5 litre six-
Around 1500 cars had been made and the company had always been profitable.
After the war, Carbodies, Martin Walter and Whittingham & Mitchel bodied some pre-
William Towns attempted to revive the Railton name in 1991 with a re-
This article features the only 2 photographs of baby Railtons that I have. If anyone has any more material, photos or driving experience, the webmaster would be delighted to hear from you.