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Monday, May 02, 2016

En français...

The coachbuilder, James Young Ltd of Bromley, Kent ceased operations in 1967, its final output being a run of Silver Shadow and T-series 2-door saloons. 

Built between 1966 and 1967, only 50 cars left the factory, and of these, Bentleys accounted for just 15 examples.

Below are scans of a one sheet, 2-side brochure for the James Young 2-door saloon, with the frontside showing a photo of a Bentley variant, and the reverse detailing its specification.

But in French.

En français, s'il vous plaît...



A Matching Pair

James Edward Hanson, later to become Lord Hanson, was a famous British industrialist, who along with his business partner, Lord White, was feared for his reputation as a ruthless "corporate raider" and "asset stripper."

One of Hanson Group's most successful deals was the acquisition of the Imperial Tobacco group encompassing brands such Davidoff, West, Montecristo, Golden Virgina & Rizla. Less successful was an infamous attempt to buy the ICI Group, at that time the UK's 3rd largest business.


As a Captain of Industry, Lord Hanson chose to be chauffeured between meetings in Rolls-Royce & Bentleys, and two of his former cars are currently for sale.

Both are 1996 models, and the similarities between them suggest that either he wanted a matching pair of Rolls-Royce and Bentley, or he couldn't decide which marque to order. Given his reputation as a decisive businessman, the former explanation seems more likely...


First, a 1996 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur, described as being finished in Oporto with a black everflex roof, and with 32,000 miles from new:

And next, a matching 1996 Bentley Brooklands Lwb, also finished in special finish Oporto with a black everflex roof. Interestingly, it seems that Lord Hanson specified it with Rolls-Royce suspension fittings, and a column (rather than floor mounted) gear shift. It has completed 39,000 miles from new:

The Silver Spur is on offer at GBP 26,950, and the Brooklands Lwb is priced at GBP 21,995 – the choice is yours...

Photo credits to Hanwells of London and Classic Car Warehouse.

Bentleys and Rolls-Royces at Toronto Spring Classic Car Auction

Nice to see a handful of Crewe cars at this past weekend's Spring Classic in Toronto.

Ranging from 1959 to 2006.

This lovely 1959 Silver Cloud sold fairly well.

Off to a new owner now.

Some Silver Spurs mid 1980s to 1996.:

A mid seventies' Silver Shadow (not factory) stretch.....

In need of a bit of a tidying up, but decent.

Into the new Millennium with really nice 2000 Silver Seraph.

And a 2006 Arnage Mulliner.

Nice, but I'm not too keen on the chromed grille....

Then some modern Crewe cars. A GTC and a GT.

This was actually just in the parking lot....

And this!

Had you excited there. It's just a die cast model at one the vendor booths.

A good turnout of all sorts of other cars for every taste.

Didn't expect to see an AMC Pacer on Bentley Spotting, eh?
I might just nip out there again today to see the closing.

(Posted by David Irvine)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Bentley Toronto Update

There are quite a number of newer Bentleys and Rolls-Royces in Toronto these days, so the new Bentley Toronto showroom  (A.K.A. Grand Touring Automobiles) can't come soon enough. 

So here are some construction photos.
Two weeks ago as they finally start to pour the foundation after many months of deep pilon driving.

And a few days ago here with the walls starting to be formed.

It's still not due to be completed until next year but fascinating to watch as it slowly progresses.

(Posted by David Irvine)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Reading the #RollsRoyce Owners Club magazine aboard the slow #train to #Mandalay #rroc #Burma #Myanmar #bentleyspotting

via Instagram

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Really enjoying the colonial #architecture of #Yangon #Myanmar (Rangoon Burma) and unexpectedly spotted a #Bentley #continental #flyingspur. #bentleyspotting

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The Eatons

It sound like a BBC/WNED Buffalo TV drama series but the Eatons were 'Canada's Royalty'.
Timothy Eaton came to Canada in the mid 1880's from Ballymena, Northern Ireland.
He started work in a haberdashery store in Ontario and eventually built a colossal retail empire by cleverly introducing a Canada wide mail order catalogue. Leading to massive department stores.

For generations his Eaton stores lived on.
The Toronto Eaton Centre is named after him.

That empire has faded away but the family lives on.

OK, so what has this got to do with Rolls-Royce or Bentley cars? You ask....
Well, the Eatons have owned a number of Rolls-Royces. 
The most famous one being Timothy's daughter in law's Silver Ghost known as 'Ladybird'

Well another Eaton Rolls-Royce is now available on Ebay.....

A  1987 Silver Spirit formerly owned by Timothy's great grandson (in his wife's name...)
In it's original Balmoral Green.

A nice example. Complete with all the philanthropist's window stickers from various clubs and organisations. 

I really love that this is an important Canadian car. Almost like the Bentley Mulsanne that the Royal family sold off recently. 
A special car with an important family ownership.
How cool is that to any of you Canadians out there...?

(Posted by David Irvine)

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