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Monday, June 17, 2013

Sold-Packard V-1650-1 Merlin V-12 Display Engine

To many, the Rolls-Royce Merlin V-12 engine requires no introduction for its outstanding performance and role in unlocking the performance of such famous and highly effective combat aircraft as the Hawker Hurricane, Supermarine Spitfire, De Havilland Mosquito, Avro Lancaster, and many others. In particular, the Merlin was the final ingredient required to transform the North American Mustang into the finest all-around fighter of WW II and beyond.

     Allied demand for the Merlin was so great, that it was license-built in several variants by Packard in the United States. Post-war, Merlin production continued well into the later 1950s, with the Royal Air Force (RAF) Boulton-Paul Balliol trainer aircraft the last British military aircraft powered by it. In a fascinating twist, the Merlin even powered post-war variants of the Messerchmitt Bf 109 fighter and Heinkel 111 bomber/transport, but this time for the Spanish Air Force examples built by Hispano Aviacion and CASA, respectively!

     With the upcoming 70th Anniversaries of the Normandy invasion and V-E Day, a Merlin of any kind is a fitting way to recognize the service personnel, as well as the wartime workers and designers of the massive war effort.

     This recently-sold Packard V-1650-1 is a very fine example of the heroic Merlin, with an excellent cleaning and detailing performed by an expert to wonderful static display standards. Complete in all respects, including the carburetor, magnetos, fuel plumbing, and supercharger, it only lacks the camshafts. It is mounted on a beautifully custom-crafted steel display stand with rollers/casters and it will stand proudly with its new owners.


  1. How much did you sell it for? I was looking around for these.

  2. Thank you for your comment. I just replied by personal email.

    All the very best and thank you for commenting!

    David Neyens