Rolls-Royce ‘Landspeed’ Collection Pays Tribute to Legendary Racer


Captain George Eyston is pretty well known among the motorsports community, having set three land speed records. Now, Mr. Eyston is being honored with a pair of special Rolls-Royce cars for sale.

Between 1933 and 1936, Eyston used a Chrysler chassis mated with a diesel bus engine to hit 100.75 and 106 miles per hour. Captain Eyston was far from satisfied with these speeds and went on to go much, much faster. Even by today’s standards, the speed records set by Captain Eyston are still blazing fast.

Rolls-Royce 'Landspeed' Collection

In 1937, Captain Eyston used his custom ‘Thunberbolt’ to achieve a blazing speed of 312 miles per hour on the Bonneville salt flats. Some weeks later, he returned to the salt flats with the Thunderbolt and raced onward to 357.50 miles per hour, setting a new record. Less than a year later John Cobb beat Eyston’s speed record, hitting 369.70 miles per hour.

The Rolls-Royce duo pays tribute to Captain Eyston and his Thunderbolt racer. The Wraith and Dawn both pack massive 6.6-liter V12 engines, which pay homage to the twin 37-liter V12 aircraft engines found in the original Thunderbolt. The original Thunderbolt’s engines cranked out a whopping 4,000 horsepower (yes, 4,000).

Rolls-Royce 'Landspeed' Collection

The Landspeed duo cars are done up in a Black Badge trim and offer a two-tone Black Diamond Metallic and a Bonneville Blue. Only 35 examples of the Rolls-Royce Wraith for sale are slotted for production and just 25 for the Rolls-Royce Dawn for sale. Both cars promise to offer excellent performance but likely won’t be hitting 300 miles per hour on the salt flats.


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