BENTLEY SPOTTING

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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Bangers and Mash meets Pasta Primavera.





What happens when a noble Englishman and a designer Italian get together in the 60's? They produce a one off baby of course, and its currently for sale in Las Vegas! Talk about a collector car.



First instincts it's a Rolls Royce Camargue, but then the headlights, its no, my gosh its sporting a Bentley grill! The motor car is a one off special produced by Pininfarina for the 1968 Turin Motor show based on a Bentley T1, and is known as a Bentley T1 Coupé Speciale.




This exact car was the Rolls-Royce and Bentley Archives Car of the Month in August 1999, and much can be read about its history. Pictures can be seen of it at European Concours D'Elegance in 2001 and 2002.

The car is current for sale at The Auto Collections at the Imperial Palace, Las Vegas, (pictures courtesy) and Don Willams the CEO presented the car in August 2006 at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.





The body design of the car was ahead of its time, but the headlight do let it down. They just don't look right. Maybe it's too reminiscent of the Camargue, and you expect the imposing grill of Royce. No where has it stated a price, but I think this motor will only appeal to the exceedingly serious collector, where as the more mainstream buyer of vintage Bentleys would go for an original Continental or similar.

On display in Vegas is an appropriate place for this vehicle, as it is not iconic, not a design breakthrough, more of a preliminary test model not fancied by the factory or the design house and would not suit a private collection, that is unless you had more than fifty Bentley Motor Cars in the same garage.

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1 Comments:

At 6:02 am, Blogger CHIC-HANDSOME said...

good picture

 

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