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.
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.