D Napier & Son

D. Napier & Son Limited was best known for its luxury motor cars and for its aero engines, early to mid-20th century.

Napier was founded as a precision engineering company in 1808 and for nearly a century produced machinery for the financial, print and munitions industries. In the early 20th century it moved for a time into internal combustion engines and road vehicles before turning to aero engines. Many world speed records on land and water, as well as the Hawker Typhoon and Tempest fighter planes, were powered by Napier engines for example, the Goldon Arrow. 

IMechE is home to the Napier Archive, (for full collection description visit our archive catalogue: reference NAP.

Here we showcase images from the collection, automotive and aero.