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.
The car has 24 exhaust pipes – courtesy of a dual exhaust port design. However, it has only 12 cylinders (with each cylinder at 3.5-litres).
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.