Firing Up A Supermarine Spitfire's Merlin V12

There are two airworthy Supermarine Spitfire Tr.9s based in Goodwood, MJ627 and SM520. Here's the latter one firing up its 1,650 cubic inch V12 for your acoustic pleasure. » 11/06/14 4:19am 11/06/14 4:19am

When Ford Built Rolls-Royce Engines

With Hitler on their doorstep, the British government combined the manufacturing capability of Ford with the engineering prowess of Rolls-Royce by having the former producer the latter's Merlin aero engines. Now Rolls-Royce (car) engines are being produced by Ze Germans. » 1/26/11 12:00pm 1/26/11 12:00pm

Corbin Raven Prototype Drives, Burns Eyes


It's been a long time since we've seen anything from the fine folks in Corbin's car department. Well known for the banana-and-golf-ball shaped Sparrow, and the always-over-the-horizon Merlin, it seems they've got a running prototype of another model - the Raven. We're not here to judge, but we're going to go out on a… » 1/07/08 4:00pm 1/07/08 4:00pm

Sweet Mother of Merlin! V-Twin Aero-Engine Bike

Sabine Ehrenfeld may be all about the O, but apparently, we're all about the bikes today on tha Jalop. First we had a Yamaha FZR mill in a minicar, then an Alfa six in a Hog, and now this monstrous piece of insanity. Commenter Ed D pointed this one out to us, and it was too good not to make a post out of it.… » 3/15/06 4:03pm 3/15/06 4:03pm

Merlin Roadster for Sale on eBay

As motorcycle-powered roadsters go, the Merlin is a close to a 1960s George Barris custom as you can get without having George himself pour the fiberglass. Powered by a twin-cam fuel-injected, 88ci Harley Davidson motor, the Merlin rides on three wheels driven via a four-speed manual tranny. A single sharply raked… » 9/19/05 11:27am 9/19/05 11:27am