[ROVERNET - UK] Slightly OT but not quite

Mike Shaddick mikshdik at ozemail.com.au
Tue Mar 7 11:44:16 GMT 2006

>I have just bought the February edition of the UK mag 'Classics'. Yes, I
>know we get it about 2 months late seeing as though we are on the other side
>of the world and it has to come out by Tea Clipper etc etc.
>One of the articles concerned a Rolls Royce Merlin V12 (from a WWII
>Hurricane fighter) put into RR Phantom based chassis and handmade bodywork.
>Very interesting. It made mention that the engine was a genuine Rolls Royce
>and not a Rover built version. Can anyone expand on this? Did Rover make
>these engines in wartime? And were they only used in fighter planes? I've
>not researched this topic extensively but I do know of a Rod Hadfield from
>Castlemaine here in Oz who put a supercharged Merlin V12 in a custom built
>'55 Chevvy which was supposedly the most powerful road registered car in the
>world! The website is www.rodshop.com.au/project55.htm.
>It would be interesting to hear of Rover's involvement with these engines.
>Ray Wilkins
>Melbourne, Australia
>1976 P6B

I've got a working Centurion tank.  Interestingly it's got an engine 
which is a downrated Merlin built during the war by, you've guessed 
it, the Rover Company of  Solihull.


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