Brown & Bassett, 600 h.p. Rolls-Royce V12 Powered Speedboat

27 Liter Gentleman's Racer



The bespoke “Wild Horses,” Bassett & Brown speedboat was conceived by renowned wooden boat designer/builder, Ken Bassett, highly accomplished wooden boat restorer Tony Brown, and Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation President and wooden boat collector, Dave Olson, in 1993. Bassett and Brown were speaking a national historic boat symposium that year when they got together with Olson and hatched the idea for Wild Horses. This would be a speedboat, built in the tradition of the iconic style of early speedboats, but with the advantages of modern understanding and technological advancements. The boat would also be powered by a 27 liter V-12 Rolls Royce engine that was based upon the same Rolls Royce V-12 that powered the allies to victory in the P51 Mustangs and Spitfires in WW2.

For more on the history of the build, please see the excellent article, Wild Horses – Galloping Into Tomorrow by Carol Van Etten

For a review of the speedboat, please see the article Bassett and Brown Have Built A Cigarette Boat To Reign Over Anything That Touches The Water by Mike at

For more, please see Ben Branch’s article 27 Liter V12 Bassett & Brown Gentleman’s Racer at

To see some walk around videos of Wild Horses, please click on the video links below.

Walk Around Video 1

Walk Around Video 2

Walk Around Video 3

Wild Horses was last serviced and operated in 2019. She just came from display at the Tahoe Maritime Museum, and is currently housed in the San Francisco Bay Area. She comes with the custom trailer show in the photos and videos.

Wild Horses is ready to go.

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