The Rolls Royce Merlin. 27 litre Supercharged V12. This engine shaped the 20th century in many ways.

The Rolls Royce Merlin. 27 litre Supercharged V12. This engine shaped the 20th century in many ways.

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Magazine centrefold showing different versions of the Spitfire painted in the…
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Rolls Royce Merlin engines in production in   Derby.  The Rolls-Royce Merlin is a British liquid-cooled, V-12, piston aero engine, of 27-litre (1,650 cu in) capacity. Rolls-Royce Limited designed and built the engine which was initially known as the PV-12: the PV-12 became known as the Merlin following the company convention of naming its piston aero engines after birds of prey.

Rolls Royce Merlin engines in production in Derby. The Rolls-Royce Merlin is a British liquid-cooled, V-12, piston aero engine, of 27-litre (1,650 cu in) capacity. Rolls-Royce Limited designed and built the engine which was initially known as the PV-12: the PV-12 became known as the Merlin following the company convention of naming its piston aero engines after birds of prey.

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Painstaking work: The Spitfire has a fully rebuilt Rolls-Royce Merlin engine
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Beauty: Mk Vb Spitfire EP120 powered by a Rolls Royce Merlin. The plane was taken on by th...

Beauty: Mk Vb Spitfire EP120 powered by a Rolls Royce Merlin. The plane was taken on by th...

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Unique, bespoke Bentley with a 27-ltre Rolls-Royce Meteor engine    (Which, to be technically correct, ISN'T from a Spitfire, like the ever-so-reliable Daily Mail says - the Meteor was the un-supercharged version as used in Tanks)

Unique, bespoke Bentley with a 27-ltre Rolls-Royce Meteor engine (Which, to be technically correct, ISN'T from a Spitfire, like the ever-so-reliable Daily Mail says - the Meteor was the un-supercharged version as used in Tanks)

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A beautiful shot of a Supermarine Spitfire starting it's Rolls-Royce Merlin engine.
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