Napier '40/50' limousine motor car, 1921. D. Napier and Son started building motor cars in 1900, but by 1925 the company’s interest were turning to aero engines and abandoned motor cars to design engines for trains. The Napier ‘40/50’ was one of the last models produced and was designed to compete against the Rolls-Royce ‘Silver Ghost’ car. This was a luxury limousine designed to allow a lady to walk in and out without disarranging her Ascot hat or a gentleman removing his top hat, yet this was still a resilient vehicle. This particular car was a victim of the blitz; it had to be dug out of rubble and two feet of water but still started up without hesitation. Even with such impressive qualities very few of these cars are in existence today.
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- Napier (D.) and Son Limited
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