You need to see this Rolls Royce Merlin Engine crammed into a car.

The Merlin V12 engine is most famous for powering the Spitfire fighter plane, one of Britain’s most iconic aircraft from WWII. This 60º twelve cylinder engine is capable of well over a thousand horsepower.

Merlin engine

This is a Merlin V12

The Car in question was purpose built for the Merlin V12, having a custom fabricated chassis, designed and built by Paul Jameson, who could not find a suitable body for the project and thus sold it to John Dodd, who ended up completing the build.

The bodywork was based off a Ford Capri with an elongated bonnet, and it was made out of fiberglass. The Merlin engine itself was stripped of its superchargers and fitted with Holley carburetors, and it uses a TH400 Automatic transmission.

This masterpiece of lunacy dangling over the edge of brilliance is a testament to what can and sometimes should be done when a regular, dealership-available car just isn’t enough.
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