Among the many treasures at Jay Leno’s Garage is a Rolls-Royce Merlin aircraft engine. You can have one, too, if you’re the winning bidder October 16 when H&H Classics offers a 1949 Rolls-Royce Merlin engine at its auction at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, England.
The auction company expects the engine to sell for around $50,000.
“The immortal Merlin will be forever associated with the aircraft it so successfully powered — most famously the Spitfire, Hurricane, Mustang, Lancaster and Mosquito of WWII,” H&H Classics said. “Most were employed in aircraft, but the 27-liter V12 engine was also converted for use on land in tanks and at sea in MTBs.”
Nearly 170,000 of the engines were produced during the war years and they produced as much as 2,000 horsepower. The one on offer, currently with a Hamilton 3-bladed propeller attached, was used in a Douglas DC-4 aircraft, the auction company said.
H&H Classics said the unit is “a work of art in its own right,” the result of a 2-year overhaul that has it mounted on a new Brian James motor racing trailer. The engine will be sold with a service manual.