1937 Railton

The Collection’s exhibit

Following an approach from Noel Macklin in 1933, Richard Shuttleworth bought a one-third share in Fairmile Engineering and was appointed chairman. It is believed the Collection’s Railton was acquired – at discount – by Richard in 1934 as a bare engine and chassis and reputedly using for ‘farming duties’ on the Shuttleworth estate before in 1939 he started to re-build it as a two-seater open sports car. After his death in 1940 his mother, Dorothy Shuttleworth, had the work completed by Blanchflowers, of Kettering.

The car is believed to have been first registered JNM700 in 1950 and was then sold in 1952, passing through several Railton Club owners before in 1975 it was purchased at a Beaulieu auction by Richard Shuttleworth’s niece, then Princess Charlotte Hohenlohe von Langenberg, who had the car repainted in ‘Richard (Shuttleworth)’ blue and exhibited in her husband`s motor museum in the Schloss Langenberg in Germany. The car was returned to Old Warden by Princess Charlotte in late 1998.

Recent research has revealed that Richard Shuttleworth purchased a Railton Terraplane four door saloon (registration MJ4470) in 1934 which, it is believed, was for the exclusive use of Mrs Shuttleworth. It is one of our most popular vehicles, and is usually one of the four vehicles used to carry our pilots to their aircraft at our annual Flying Proms.

Investigation into the Old Warden connection with Railton continues.

This exhibit is part of the Richard Shuttleworth trail.

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