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Spitfire Engine For Sale With H&H Classics At Imperial War Museum, Duxford, October 16th - 1949 Rolls-Royce Merlin Engine for an estimate of £35,000 to £45,000





1949 Rolls-Royce Merlin Engine for an estimate of £35,000 to £45,000

If you're one of the many people who feel a thrill of excitement every time you hear a Rolls-Royce Merlin-engined Spitfire take to the skies, then this superb lot could be just what's required to add an exciting new dimension to your life.


It will be sold at the H&H Classics auction at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford on October 16th for an estimate of £35,000 to £45,000.

The immortal Merlin will be forever associated with the aircraft it so successfully powered - most famously the Spitfire, Hurricane, Mustang, Lancaster and Mosquito of WWII. Most were employed in aircraft, but the 27-litre V12 engine was also converted for use on land in tanks and at sea in MTBs.


Unquestionably one of the most successful powerplants of the WWII era, it was rapidly developed over some 50 marks, during which power output rose from around 1,000 bhp to over 2,000 bhp. By the end of its production in 1950 almost 170,000 examples had been manufactured.


The fabulous-looking unit - a work of art in its own right - was apparently manufactured at Rolls-Royce's purpose-built factory at Hillington, Glasgow and saw service in a version of the Douglas DC-4 - either a Canadair North Star or BOAC Argonaut. It is currently equipped with a Hamilton three-bladed propeller.


The immaculate ensemble is now being sold complete with Merlin service manual and spare parts catalogue, plus no less than 157 photos of the engine's restoration. The lucky purchaser will be in good company, as serial car collector and connoisseur of aero-engined cars Jay Leno has just such a set-up, his party trick for which is revving the engine sufficiently for the trailer to move the accompanying tow vehicle!

This auction item comprises a 1949 Merlin that was painstakingly overhauled over a two year period and then expertly installed onto a brand new Brian James motor racing trailer, so it can be transported to shows and other gatherings and fired up at will. It comes complete with service manual and spare parts catalogue and it has had a recent complete and comprehensive rebuild.

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H&H was founded by Simon Hope in 1993 as a specialist auction house dedicated solely to the sale of collectors’ motorcars and motorcycles. Some 26 years later, the company can boast a continuous trading history, which exceeds that of any UK rival. The company is staffed by hands-on enthusiasts with over 600 years’ combined experience, and its specialist valuers are among the most knowledgeable in the industry.


H&H has had the pleasure of handling everything from 1890s London to Brighton runners through to 1990s Formula 1 cars, not to mention a variety of iconic motorcycles and holds a considerable number of World Record auction prices.


With the head office near Warrington, Cheshire and its Private Sales Garage near Hindhead in Surrey and specialists based throughout Europe, H&H holds regular physical sales at the Imperial War Museum Duxford in Cambridgeshire, National Motorcycle Museum in the West Midlands and Pavilion Gardens, Buxton. There are also Automobilia Online Sales and Live Auctions Online throughout the year.



Julian Roup


H&H Classics Press Office

Phone: +44 7970 563958