Sunday, May 19, 2024

A legendary car powered by a tank engine sold for $88,000



The legendary “The Beast” is a one-of-a-kind vehicle from the 70s.

The car is powered by a powerful 750-horsepower Rolls-Royce Merlin engine and sold for nearly $90,000 at auction, according to OddityCentral.

The story of “The Beast” begins in 1966, when English engineer Paul Jameson decided to find out what would happen if he put a tank engine in a car.

In fact, Jameson built a custom chassis for the car and supplied it with a Rolls-Royce Meteor tank engine, then commissioned specialist John Dowd to produce the automatic transmission for the unique car.

Todd was impressed by Jameson’s odd idea, so when Jameson decided to put the project on hold for a while, he bought it from him and completed it himself, and considered the project one of the most impressive car projects in English history.

After completing the car’s transmission, John Dowd finished “The Beast” in 1972, ordering a custom body and hood to accommodate the giant engine.

The unique appearance of the car and its technical specifications attracted the attention of pedestrians and motorists, and the car was shown on TV shows and at various events across Europe.

In 1974, the car caught fire while being transported from the showroom and the damage was extensive; Todd had to rebuild everything from scratch.

Indeed, he did, but he replaced the tank engine with the “Rolls-Royce Merlin V12” engine that powered the “Battery” and “Hawker Hurricane” fighters during World War II.

This time, Todd hired a company called Fiberglass Repairs to design a large fiberglass body.

Nadia Barnett
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