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Internationally, several new regulations have been introduced regarding emissions and vehicle build quality. As a result, manufacturers around the world have been forced to modify existing models or discontinue production of some models. I’ve seen several examples of cars built by local factories. This is happening not only in India but also abroad. Outside India, many build road-legal vehicles in their own garages. One of these gentlemen was John Dodd from England. In 1977 John Dodd built the world’s most powerful car, the Beast. Here’s a video showing the current state of John Dodd’s Beast. 

Legendary ‘The Beast’ has the 27,000 cc engine of the Spitfire aircraft

John Dodd’s photo

This video was uploaded to their YouTube channel by The Late Brake Show. In this video, the host talks about the history of this beast. The car design is completely unconventional. It has a strange design with a hood that is nearly 10 feet long. Development of the Beast began in 1966 and Dodd was commissioned to build a custom Rolling gearbox for his chassis. The chassis was equipped with a Rolls-Royce Meteor tank engine. In the end, John bought the same car and completed the project. 

The Beast! 27-litre V12 Spitfire engined car on the street


Since it uses a rolling chassis, the exterior design is completely made to order. John consulted a workshop that specialized in fibreglass bodywork for cars, especially dragsters. The car received a fibreglass body with a Rolls-Royce Cornish front grille. Rolls-Royce was not very pleased with the move and took John Dodd to court. This made the car very popular in media publications. The bodies shown in the video are not the first. John even brought his car to Sweden to avoid legal action. 

The body was built by a company called Fibre Glass Repairs and ‘The Beast’ was fitted with a grille and a Rolls-Royce mascot.

In 1974 the car was severely damaged in a fire. After the incident, John decides to rebuild the car and replace the engine as well. The Rolls-Royce Meteor tank engine was replaced with a Merlin V12 engine originally developed for fighter aircraft. The 27-litre V12 engine occupied most of the space under the hood due to its enormous size. Cooling requires a lot of air, so the hood had multiple vents to prevent overheating. The Beast’s new body design was different from the old version. He had a station wagon-like design now also known as the Shooting Brake. 

An engine derived from the Spitfire aircraft on the roads

The redesign of the car replaced the controversial Rolls-Royce grille with a bespoke unit bearing John Dodd’s initials. The interior of the car has also been redesigned, with a classic beige-brown paint finish. The 19-foot-tall car was powered by a Merlin V12 engine, producing 950 horsepower and 1030 Nm of torque. It could reach speeds of up to 322 km/h, a feat unmatched by any other production car of the time. This made the Beast one of the most powerful cars of its time. John Dodd used to drive this car when he wasn’t working on the huge engine. 

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The automobile industry is changing around the world. Governments are implementing stricter emission norms forcing manufacturers to discontinue many models. Other than the new emission norms, we are also seeing a rise in the number of electric cars in the market. The future of mobility at this rate would definitely be EVs and we have spoken about the same in our previous articles. If you have a soft corner for classic cars, then here we have a set of vehicles that one can buy at a very cheap price. These cars will be the classic cars of the future and maybe collector cars in the future. 

Maruti 800

This little family hatchback needs no introduction. This car was produced from 1983 to 2014. This tiny hatchback has made owning a car a dream come true for many middle-class Indian families. Most of these have been altered or rusted, making it difficult to find well-preserved specimens. This popular hatchback is still available on the used car market, and since it’s a Maruti, maintenance isn’t too difficult. Ideally, I would like to draw your attention to the Type 1 Multi 800 with square headlights, which are very rare on our roads. 


Maruti Omni

Another Maruti car will soon be considered a future classic. I’m sure many of you reading this article have memories of this van. This minibus was probably a school bus for many of you reading this article. This was Marti’s second model, launched in 1984. This van was produced until 2020. Production has been discontinued due to BS6 emission regulations. Some examples of Maruti Omni vans are still available on the used car market today. These vans are available at a very affordable price. 

Tata Nano

This was a hatchback launched to revolutionize the domestic four-wheeler market. However, it was poorly marketed and cheaply priced, making it a very suitable car for city use. It didn’t go very well. The Tata Nano is the perfect city car and is what many people are looking for on the used car market right now. Previous versions of Nano were poorly maintained and had missing features. The later models came with power windows, power steering and even an AMT gearbox for convenience. 

Hindustan Motors Ambassador

This car is one of those cars we all know will be a collector’s car in the future. This car played a pivotal role in Indian automotive history. This limousine was used by politicians and diplomats and was presented as a status symbol in society. Many people liked this sedan for its rear-seat comfort. Even today, there are many examples of well-preserved and improved embassies in different parts of the country. I don’t know if it’s available at a cheap price. 

Honda City type 2

The last car on the list is one that is beloved by many Indian car enthusiasts. Honda City Type 2, specifically his 1.5-litre VTEC petrol engine. This sedan remains he one of the most reliable sedans on the market today. It featured a different wheelset and even had a VTEC badge on the trunk. This is a car with a lot of mod potential, and we’ve seen a few similar examples in the past. Finding a well-maintained stock car can be difficult. Even if you do find one, I’m not sure the owner will give it away for cheap. 

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