This Packard-Bentley, known as “Mavis”, is more powerful than a Bugatti Veyron and the size of a bus. This 21-foot long car is like a primordial beast; it roars as Dragon, spit flames and hot air and weighs 2.4 tons.
This monster, owned by Lemmy Kilmister, is based on a 1930 Bentley 8-litre chassis, although it is highly modified. It is powered by a 42-litre Packard V12 developing 1,500bhp and massive 2,000lb ft. This supercharged Packard 4M 2500 engine came from an American World War II-era marine military Patrol Torpedo (PT) boat.
It has ‘knife and fork’ rods, four-pole magneto ignition and a supercharger the side of a dustbin, which runs at 2.4 times the speed of the engine. It breathed through a Holley 1685F aeroplane carburettor that used giant diaphragms to counteract different air pressures and inverted operation.With the matt-black paint and v-shaped grille, the large size of the car means it drew much attention and unsurprisingly is a popular attraction, both static and whilst being driven. Of course, it goes like hell, but stopping and turning are another matter. Who cares? Just listen to it light off.
Check out the Bentley in the video below and tell us what you think of this vicious beast.