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T-44 Wild Horses – 1997 33ft Gentleman’s Racer$225,000.00Get More Info.
T-44 Wild Horses – 1997 33ft Gentleman’s Racer$225,000.00
T-44 Wild Horses – 1997 33ft Gentleman’s Racer.
The concept behind the creation of this boat was developed by Ken Bassett of Onion River Boatworks in Vermont and Tony Brown at Western Runabouts in California. They used the design of a 1920s-era Hacker-Craft named “Nick-Nack” as a basic blueprint – but many modifications needed to be made to accommodate the new engine and handle the power it develops.
The idea was to put a Rolls-Royce Meteor V12 tank engine into a speed boat. The Meteor V12 was a development of the legendary Rolls-Royce Merlin aero engine from aircraft’s like the Spitfire and P51 Mustang. The Meteor was developed for use in tanks, and it was so successful that it fundamentally changed the way tanks were designed. With a capacity of 27 liters (1648 cubic inches), no supercharger (as was used on the Merlin) and a power output of 650 hp, the Meteor proved both reliable and easy to produce – in fact many early Meteors were built from the remains of crashed Merlins.
The original boat, Nick-Nack, had been a major icon in its day. It was owned by Commodore Humphrey Birge of Buffalo, New York and it shattered the one-lap, 50-mile and 150-mile records at the Wood-Fisher race at Detroit, Michigan in 1921.
The Commodore’s vessel had a 200 hp Hall-Scott motor fitted – approximately 70% less powerful than the mighty V12 sitting in the new boat handcrafted by Brown & Bassett. The interior is upholstered from maroon leather and there’s a forward jump seat that is said to be for “brave passengers”!
T-44 is a one owner 33ft gentleman’s racer that has been meticulously maintained and comes on a custom-configured trailer for easy transport.
- ID: T-44 Wild Horses
- Year: 1997
- Builder: Bassett & Brown
- Model: T-44
- Length: 33ft
- Engine: Rolls Royce V12, 650 hp
- Trailer: Custom triple axle
- Price: $225,000.00